How are you doing with your New Years resolutions? I never make resolutions to lose weight because I’m done with setting myself up for failure. Instead, I make my goal each year to live a happier and healthier life than the year before.
“While the obesity rate did not decline, the America’s Health Rankings report shows that it has stabilized at 27.6 percent. This marks the first time since 1998 that America did not get worse in this key metric. On the other hand, the Hispanic population experienced a small decrease in the obesity rate.”
Reading this at the beginning of 2014 makes me very happy. If you think about it, that’s a big deal for Hispanics. I’ve noticed more gyms popping up in Mexico and calorie concerns in the Hispanic community. That’s why I’m going to show you how to make a dessert DRAMATICALLY healthier. I do this sort of thing all the time for my diabetic friends and family. It’s really quite simple. It’s all about knowing what to substitute.
Check out these two recipes:
Healthy Brownies Directions:
Preheat oven 350 F. Mix together the applesauce, Swerve, vanilla. Beat in one egg at a time. Combine flour, cocoa, salt in a separate bowl. Gradually mix in with the sugar mixture. Add coconut and fold gently. Pour into a greased 8X8 pan. I normally grease the pan with non-fat cooking spray. Bake for 35 minutes. Makes 14 servings.
Note: I didn’t change much of the original recipe at all. I added ½ cup of coconut because I took away ½ cup of “sugar.” This was a personal choice because I like coconut, and I had it on hand. If you don’t like coconut, omit and add more of the sugar substitute.
Regular Brownies vs. Healthy Brownies
Another note: As a foodie, I will say one thing about these brownies. They do not taste like regular brownies, but they help with the chocolate craving. For my diabetic friends, they are only 10g of carb! And, at 63 calories, they are totally worth trying! In fact, I could’ve brought this recipe down even further if I had substituted the eggs for egg whites. See how easy this is!
My Most-Used Healthy Substitutes:
Butter or oil = applesauce
White flour = whole wheat
Avocado = mayo
Greek yogurt = sour cream or mayo
2 egg whites = 1 egg
Prunes = butter
Coconut Milk = cream
Mashed ripened bananas = sweetener