Alternatives to Giving Into Your Sweet Tooth Through Nutrition + Herbs
Posted on May 07 2017
Still at age 30 my parents are still boggled by my healthy diet. Growing up all I wanted was candy. I had the most obnoxious sweet tooth, and it never seemed to be fulfilled either. Granted I have always had a ton of energy and been an athlete ever since I can remember, there is still a line that you can cross, whether you are burning it off or not.
I can't exactly remember the moment I turned a corner with my health, but I am pretty sure it was my senior year of college. I started rock climbing and got obsessed and good very quickly. It was also the first year since second grade that I wasn't taking medication for my ADHD. I had been on Adderall throughout college, and before that Imipramine and good ole Ritalin (I will write about this another time... 13 years on medication I have a lot to say about it). Going off of medication cold turkey and finding a passion that helped to focus my mind put me on the path of truly taking care of my mind and my body.
In recent years I have found a lot of great ways to help balance my blood sugar and to satisfy my sweet tooth in healthy ways. This is not to say that I don't indulge here and there. But I think people get in habits all to often that makes every day an indulgence day... this is now called a lifestyle. Not a treat. To be clear, I am not gluten free. I am not dairy free. I am not sugar free. Or anything else. And I am also not anti anything. Especially when it comes to food. I have days of rants about what balance means and opinions about our world and food industry... but that seems like a workshop night to me.
So here are a few ways you can support your sweet tooth naturally.
1). Licorice Root. One of my all time favorite herbs, it pretty much does everything. It is great for decreasing inflammation in the body, a great immune booster, a wonderful digestive aid, and my go-to herb for balancing out blood sugar. Add it to your tea (you don't need much!) and it will give it a beautiful sweetness and add to your health in the best ways.
2). Cacao. Probably the best invention ever. Cacao is both medicine and soul pleasing. Raw cacao can be added to smoothies or warm almond milk with raw honey, and can also be eaten in its more popular form. But try not to forget that it's more raw form is where the medicine is. Its got great anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also can help your risk of heart disease decrease, and it great overall for your cardiovascular health. Eating some dark chocolate at night is a wonderful alternative and very satisfying. Here are my favorite and healthy chocolate companies:
3). Stevia Leaf. Many people don't like stevia, but in my opinion it is because the food industry has ruined it. It has gone through many processes in the industry and used in excessive amounts making people feel like it tastes artificial and gross. I agree. But in real leaf form like we have an the apothecary it tastes delicious and of perfect sweetness. This sweet herb not only has no calories, but it also can help prevent tooth decay, help stabilize blood sugar levels, and is safe for diabetics. Yay!
A few of my favorite recipes ::
1). Banana Oat "Cookies". I make these cookies on the regular because they are sooooo delicious and require little effort at all.
1 banana, 1 TBSP almond butter, 3/4 cup-1 cup of uncooked rolled oats, a scoop of chocolate chips (try Chocolove), a pinch of salt. Cook at 375 for 12 minutes. Voila! Cookies. This recipe makes 3-4.
2). Chocolate Avocado Smoothie. 1/2 avocado, 1/2 banana, 1 cup Califia Farms Chocolate + Toasted Coconut Almond milk, coconut water, 4 ice cubes. Blend until smooth and drink.
3). Basically not a recipe BUT. Dates stuffed with almond butter. Just do it, you will be obsessed.
4). Gluten Free Pancakes. I love these healthy breakfast pancakes! They are so so good and you can top with anything.
1 egg, 1 TBSP almond butter, splash of almond milk, 1/4 gluten free flour (Pamela's), pinch of salt. Blend the egg, almond butter and almond milk until smooth. Add flour and salt. Cook on medium in a generous portion of coconut oil until they start to bubble, then flip. Top with greek yogurt, hemp seeds, and maple syrup.
I hope this helps all of you! And know that your first 30 minute wellness consult is free. Call the shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment.