People often think because my family is mostly dairy, wheat and refined sugar free that we only eat veggies and meat. Little do they know. Life is all about balance and my family and I enjoy all the things you do: the donuts, the potato chips, the ice cream and the chocolate. BUT the one thing we may do slightly different is we care about the quality and the contents of those treats. Not only do we scour the grocery store natural food aisles to find alternatives to favourite treats, but we spend time in the kitchen constructing our own homemade versions. And today I’m sharing with you four of our family favourite treats turned healthier:
1. Ice Cream. When we go out, we look for local, homemade, real food options. Our local Bay of Quinte favourite is Nice Ice Baby. We also opt OUT of Ben and Jerry’s when at home and use our Vitamix to the max. Here’s one of our favourite recipes:
Combine 2 large frozen bananas sliced, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 pinch salt in a quality blender and blend until creamy. Consume or put in the freezer to store for up to one week.
2. Cookies. Who doesn’t love a good cookie? But in my opinion store bought cookies just don’t make the cut. We love soft, chewy homemade goodness. Switch these out for your regular Chips A’hoy and I promise no one in the house will complain:
Mix together 1 cup all-natural almond butter, 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar, 1 beaten egg, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Add dark chocolate chips if you wish. Spoon onto a sheet lined with parchment and bake for 8mins at 350℉.
3. Lemonade. Summer is the best time to quench your thirst with a refreshing drink. But we find store bought juices to be filled with refined sugars and making your own is just so easy. Here’s our favourite homemade lemonade recipe:
Warm ½ raw honey and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, stirring frequently. Once dissolved, add 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from approximately 6 lemons) and 4 cups cold water. Pour into pitcher and chill in the fridge.
4. Chips. Who doesn’t love some good salty crunch? We certainly do. When in a pinch we choose avocado oil or kettle baked chips in the grocery aisles and if we can, we make this simple recipe for an at home version:
Peel and slice 1-2 raw potatoes into rounds about 1/16″ thick. ,In a larger skillet, heat avocado oil (enough for about a 1/2-inch layer in your skillet). The oil will be the right temp when you stick the handle of a wooden spoon straight down into the heated oil and bubbles appear around the wood. Place sliced chips in skillet turning occasionally and cook until light golden brown (2-3 minutes per batch). Remove chips and place on a wire rack to drain excess oil and IMMEDIATELY sprinkle with herbamere or other spices.
With a bit of prep and the right ingredients in your kitchen, you can whip up healthier versions of your favourite treats instead of consuming ingredients you can’t pronounce. Just remember treats are just that: treats. Once in a while consumptions. Not every day things. Find a healthy balance of 90% real food and 10% indulgences that are still on the healthier side and I promise your body will thank you!