You may often wonder, when it comes to eating healthy where do sweets and treats fit in? Whether you prefer dessert after dinner or an afternoon treat, sweets can be part of a balanced diet as long as you pay attention to portion sizes and choose healthier options.
You can control that sweet tooth or salty craving every day if you control the quantity. There is no reason why a 100-200 calorie snack can’t fit into a healthy diet and you will still get your results as you satisfy your craving. Control the quantity of your treats by having just 1 serving and try to choose treats that provide some nutrients whether it be dark chocolate, nuts or dried fruit. There are many treats that are baked vs. fried and many low-fat or sugar-free options available.
Make your own snacks so you know just what you’re consuming. But be careful not to overeat in the process. When you want more than a special treat that has more than a few hundred calories, earn it by being more physically active.
Try these Vegan Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
2/3 cup organic coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond or soy milk
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 oz vegan dark chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350˚F. In a large bowl, mix together coconut oil and sugars. Next stir in almond milk and vanilla.
Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2inches apart onto uncreased cookie sheets.
Bake 11-14 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. Store in tightly covered container.