The Newest Gadget for Healthy Desserts

 

Healthy desserts reward healthy eating.
Photo credit: LoriHorwedel / Foter / CC BY-NC

 

You have to know what is in  your food to eat healthy, which means you’ll probably do more cooking, in your own kitchen, than trusting others with your fat and sugar intake. When I started my healthy eating quest, I realized that my kitchen wasn’t ready. Pots, Pans, a coffeemaker, and a stove were not enough equipment for chopping and shredding vegetables, and my refrigerator’s freezer was not appropriate for long term storage. Most of all, I needed a pantry of some sort, to store dried beans, rices, and bulk packages of herbs and seasonings.

Thanks to Ferratum UK, I have transformed my kitchen into a healthy eating paradise. After buying my freezer and food processor, I had enough left to get something special, so I bought a Yonanas 986 Elite Healthy Dessert Maker. After all, healthy eating doesn’t have to end pleasure, and I want to reward myself for changing my eating habits. Serving healthy desserts to family and friends may help convince them to join my cause, as well! I haven’t tried my dessert maker, yet, but I’ve invited a friend to join me for its maiden voyage.

Healthy eating shouldn’t feel like a punishment, especially with permanent changes. How do you reward your healthy eating habits?

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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Healthy eating does not end during the holidays.

Temptation is never as great as it is during the holidays. From the week before Christmas through New Year’s Day people binge, load up on carbohydrates and indulge themselves with Yorkshire puddings and Pecan pies. There’s a reason that weight loss becomes a frequent goal folded into New Year’s resolutions. While most of us feel that dieting means, by necessity, denial and frustration, you can eat what you like without gaining 20 pounds.

Prioritizing your choices while standing before a holiday buffet spread or sitting at the family feast makes the difference. Scan the table for leafy green salads and/or foods you eat the rest of the year, and get them on your plate before you get anything else. Once you have your healthier foods in place, fill the rest of the plate with tiny tastes of foods that are rich, creamy and sweet. What’s a tiny taste? About 1/4 of the size of your palm, or around 1 mouthful.

Eat slowly. It takes a while, about 20 minutes, for your brain to realize that your stomach is full, so eating slowly makes overeating less likely. Thoroughly chewing your food and devoting attention to its flavor makes less food more satisfying.

If you make these changes you are more likely to end the holidays wearing the same pants size you wore 3 weeks before they started!

Goodbye, food pyramid. Hello, plate.

The UK has long instilled the food pyramid in the minds of young children. At a young age, the NHS has enforced a healthy diet in an effort to battle obesity, heart disease and diabetes. The first food pyramid was developed in 1974 by Swedish nutritionists. America quickly followed suit when its Department of Agriculture marketed it in 1992, then reinventing it in 2005.

The reinvented food pyramid
The reinvented food pyramid

However, by 2010, nutritionists decided that the food pyramid was in fact contributing to health issues, particularly in young children. For example, instead of daily plentiful servings of fruits and vegetables, the pyramid suggested more carbohydrates such as rice, bread and pasta. As the body breaks carbohydrates down into sugars, doctors and nutritionists felt like this was misleading.

UK nutritionists are following suit and have modified the food pyramid to reflect a dinner plate. The plate encourages portion control and decreases the amount of carbohydrates to be consumed in a day. For example, fruits and vegetables now have the lion’s share of meals. The amount of dairy has slightly increased, while the amount of red meats has decreased.

Following new plate guidelines will help with weight control and give people the proper nutrition that their body needs.

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