Growing up is hard to do, but do it we must, and part of that involves being aware of and controlling the stuff you shove into your body. When you’re a kid, you can get away with eating anything. Candy bars for lunch? Why not. Half a cold pizza for breakfast? Sure! Garden dirt and tiny beetles for a snack? Well… I mean, if you want. You’re a kid, you’ll bounce back.
Eventually, life comes along and takes away your magical kid powers and suddenly, those candy bars and cold pizza are going straight to your hips, and the garden dirt and tiny beetles… evenly distributed around your torso. So you start to say no to everything delicious and you trade your happiness for your health, and you begin to look at those kids, with their delicious treats and their happy demeanors and wonder what happened.
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be a sad husk of your former self. You just have to change your perspective a little bit. There is a seemingly limitless supply of delicious sustenance and some of it isn’t trying to kill you. Here are my three favorite desserts that won’t result in an immediate trip to the treadmill.
Fire Cooked Candy Apples
This recipe is a triple threat, delicious, simple, and fun. Step One: Choose an apple. Step Two: Scoop out a section of the apple and fill with your favorite sugar-free candy. Step Three: Replace the bit of apple you previously removed. Step Four: Wrap it all in foil and throw it in the fire.
The candies will melt into the apple combining with its natural sugars and leaving you with a warm ball of yum, perfect for a summer snack.
For the food minimalist that doesn’t want to sacrifice taste, Chia Pudding is the perfect breakfast or dessert. In addition to having no added sugar, this recipe from Frisch also has no eggs or dairy. There are only a handful of ingredients and no real “cook” time to speak of so it’s perfect for letting the kids help out in the kitchen.
1 cup soymilk (or almond milk, or whatever)
1/3 cup chia seeds
agave or other sweetener to taste.
Step One: Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. Step Two: Cover and place in the fridge for at least one hour to allow the pudding to set. Step Three: Consume at your desired rate, don’t let anyone tell you how to eat your dessert, you’re an adult. Add additional fruit as desired.
In keeping with the theme of this article (delicious, low/no sugar, EASY) we’re going back to basics. Fruit juice does contains natural sugar but all sugars aren’t created equal. Eating an apple (or apple juice) is not the same as the couple of spoonfuls of sugar you’re putting on your Froot Loops. Step One: Pick your favorite fruit juice (we’re talking real juice here not powdered punch). Step Two: Chop up some actual fruit and toss it in. Step Three: Freeze and enjoy.
In the words of someone other than Ned Stark, summer is coming. It’s going to be hot. You’ll be glad later if you make some of these today.