I’m a firm believer that our health should be one of our top priorities in life. I’m also a believer that pleasure should be another.
Eating a healthy balanced diet with limited refined sugar doesn’t have to mean a life without treats and chocolate. By choosing right we can make sure our weekend treats offer nutritional value, are free from preservatives and unnecessary fillers and additives, in addition tasting decadently delicious.
I know that there are a whole host of recipes out there for delicious yet angelic deserts. But what if you’d rather be on the beach on a Saturday than in the kitchen? Here are my 3 go to off the shelf naughty treats with a little bit of something nice for your insides:
Loving Earth Chocolate
A high concentration of cacao plus all natural ingredients with no nasty additives mean you can give your taste buds a treat whilst limiting nasties.
My favourites are the salted caramel and the hazelnut mylk chocolate. Both contain nothing but cacao butter, raw nuts (cashews in the case of the caramel one) and coconut nectar (which is still just sugar, so this is definitely for treat days) plus a little salt for our salted caramel.
For the full range of flavours plus stockists, see Lovingearth.net.
Sarah Wilson / The Fit Foodie Bliss Balls
Both Sarah Wilson and The Fit Foodie have come up with some delicious dried fruit free bliss ball mixes that are packed with health promoting ingredients such as cacao, chia and protein powder. Just add coconut oil and rice malt syrup, roll up into balls and store in the fridge!
Sarah Wilson mixes can be found in the health food section of Coles.
Fit Mixes from The Fit Foodie can be bought here.
Dark Chocolate: At Least 75% Cacao
The higher the cacao content, the lower the sugar content. My favourite brand of chocolate is Origin as all of their ingredients are ethically sourced and they don’t add nasty additives to their bars.
The Peru 85 at 85% cacao is particularly taste bud tingling. It contains nothing but organic cacao beans, organic cacao butter, and sugar.
As a general rule when I’m looking for something sweet I make sure I check the ingredients and don’t buy anything that contains substances that I don’t recognise. As the tide turns and more consumers are demanding healthy options with quality ingredients, more and more brands are emerging to meet that need. Only this morning I discovered this interesting little Irish company selling avocado based icrecream that’s soon to launch in the UK.
What are your go to naughty but nice treats?