Here at Gut Geek, healthy eating isn’t all about eating mung beans and fat-free yoghurt. Hell no! It’s about loving food while making conscious meal choices.
When I say ‘conscious’, I just mean that we give a little thought to what we put in our mouth, and we follow deliberate strategies to get the health results we want.
So for example, we are against low-fat products because they tend to be more processed and full of artificial crap like chemical additives and preservatives.
We are also against products that have sugar added to them. If you start looking at ingredient labels on food, you’ll notice that a LOT of the products on supermarket shelves have sugar added. Avoid them like the plague!
Also, we never use artificial sweeteners, because we are trying to get away from throwing more harmful chemicals into our body.
So if we are going to have dessert, why not have one that actually makes us healthier, like these three below? Check them out and you’ll see I’ve made a short list below each one of the reasons why they are so good and healthy.
So the good news is that we can eat desserts that taste fabulous without sacrificing our health. There is a world of difference between these beauties and a typical shop-bought dessert containing tons of sugar and artificial additives!
This recipe is by Mark at My Healthy Desserts and you can find the full recipe here
We love this recipe because:
- The sweetness comes from dates, raisins, coconut, beetroot and honey. No table sugar is added.
- Honey is Gut Geek-approved! Why this special honour? Because like fruit, honey is made up of fructose and glucose. These are mono sugars that are easily absorbed through the gut lining. Compare this with table sugar, which is made of sucrose, a double sugar.
- Beetroot is packed with nutrients and has been shown to enhance performance in sports
2. Apple Crisp
This recipe is by Amanda Torres at The Curious Coconut and you can find the full recipe here
- It’s made without grains, dairy, eggs, nuts or seeds, but is still super-tasty!
- Because it’s made without these things, it fits with the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) diet. AIP is a dietary system for the super-sensitive bodies of people with autoimmune conditions like Type 2 Diabetes, Lupus, Crohns, Rhumatoid Arthritis etc. It’s strict but can be very effective!
(But I recommend sweetening this recipe with honey rather than sucanat, for the reasons above)
- It’s made without wheat. When we’re fixing our gut, we need to cut back on starchy foods like wheat and other grains. These starches are difficult to digest when our gut is out of balance and they end up feeding the bad bacteria.
- The cream cheese is made from live, homemade yoghurt so it contains lots of the friendly bacteria that your gut needs to function properly
- The sweetness comes from honey not refined sugar