I’m eating a honey graham cracker slathered with peanut butter as I write this. I also lost 4 pounds in the last two weeks. Healthy weight loss and indulging your sweet tooth are not mutually exclusive. And having tucked away many weight loss tips throughout my years, this one is my most reliable.
I have a major sweet tooth, and unfortunately, for me, it’s hard to stay healthy when your brain is shutting down because it needs chocolate. I decided that it’s time to listen to all those crazy nutritionists out there and eat in moderation. Unlike a typical diet, I can still have my graham crackers and chocolate, but it doesn’t mean that the method requires no discipline.
Also unlike a typical diet that restricts a specific food group, I lead my day by my calories. I have a certain allotment, so I choose to have my main meals of the day be nutritious and filling. I reduced the number of carbs in the day, opting for more veggie and protein-based meals. This allows me to have a treat or two a day while still losing weight!
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And while reducing the amount I eat is working, I’m also employing substitution methods. Instead of having a massive chocolate cake, I opt for a creative, healthier alternative. Pledge to switch out one thing in your diet in favor of a healthier item. I.e., If you love having something chocolate and you KNOW you tend to overdo it, pick a healthier chocolate dessert.
My favorite recipe for a chocolate mousse pie is super simple and tastes (almost) like the real thing!
Chocolate Mousse Pie
1 (3oz-4oz) dark chocolate bar (i.e. 73% dark chocolate)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 (12.3oz) package silken tofu (firm) [you can choose a ‘lite’ such asmori-nu]
3 tablespoons sweetener1 (9-inch) prepared chocolate wafer crust (go crustless to save calories!)
Melt the chocolate with the vanilla extract in the microwave or double boiler, being careful not to burn.
Combine the tofu, chocolate mixture, and sweetener in a blender or food processor and spin until smooth, about 1 minute.
Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until the mixture sets firm.
Without crust, the whole recipe for the firm chocolate mousse is 313 calories!