If you know me personally or have taken a moment to skim through this blog, it's quite apparent that I'm a lover of breakfasts and desserts! With being a Registered Dietitian and wellness expert, I get asked quite often if I ever indulge in sweets and treats. Or even more commonly, I get categorized as the chick at the table who would "never eat that, right?" Guys, this assumption could not be farther from the truth!
I find that the majority of individuals first are shocked by my response that's something along the lines of, "um, hell yeah I have dessert; it's likely that I have something sweet every day." With the eyebrow raises that follow, I then go into explaining how I try to find a balance of healthy eating, physical activity, and listening to my hunger cues/cravings indulgence so as not to ever feel deprived when I do want something that's not classified as "dietitian food." I work hard to put my health a top priority; I move my body and meditate most days of the week; I ride my bike to work; and I eat greens every single day. This is what helps me feel sane and on the right track to wellness. So when the time comes where I want a little sweet goodness, I listen to my body and go for it.
A lot of people have the misconception that to be healthy means life and food suddenly become boring or restricting. It means salads all day every day, and avoiding all sweets and dessert goes without question. This concept really saddens me, and hope that by you reading this post you are able to find that sense of appreciation for food and what your body is telling you. I want you all to be able to treat your body right, feel good in your own skin, but most importantly: enjoy life!
Like Michael Pollan said, "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." I believe there is always room for indulgence in our lives, and tell this to my clients on the regular. Life is not about deprivation; rather it's about savoring those moments and having everything in moderation based on what works best for your body and digestive system.
So with all that being said, I thought it might be helpful for me to mention what types of things I tend to go for when I'm wanting a lil' somethin-somethin.' More regularly than not, I still choose ingredients that are whole foods, and mostly plant-based when I have a sweet treat. This is purely based on me really loving good quality food, and knowing that eating these foods make me feel good inside. But if there is a time where I just want a piece of cake or a cup of gelato, I absolutely run on the wild side and have it!
Alexi's top sweet treats:
- Siggi's Vanilla yogurt w/ cashew butter, honey, granola + fruit
- vegan chocolate chip cookies (preferably homemade or Sticky Fingers from DC)
- homemade or local coffee cake, sweet potato bread, apple zucchini bread (mostly all local and/or made vegan from my favorite DC coffee shops)
- gelato from Dolcezza
- oatmeal mixed with peanut butter, cacao powder, and/or dark chocolate chips/banana
- homemade pancakes
- donuts! YUP!
- any vegan sweet treat I find on my favorite blogs!
And this FINALLY brings me to....
This recipe! I made these bars actually quite a while ago when I had a super chocolate craving, and wanted to create something new & cool from one of my favorite bloggers Minimalist Baker.
These bars are great in that they can be whipped up in about 20 minutes, and require no oven! They are indeed super rich, thanks to coconut milk, raw cacao, and fresh almond butter-- which means you don't need a lot to satisfy that sweet tooth! I ended up making the whole batch and freezing the rest, using the remaining bits to entertain guests or just when I wanted another lick of chocolatey goodness in the following week.
Proof that you can indeed have your cake and eat it, too.
Head on over here to see the full recipe!