Friday, February 24, 2012

Delicious Low Carb Desserts For You

Low carb does not automatically mean revolting. People's fondness for sweet foods is what makes a lot of people break away from their diets and not able to keep their weight down. I love chocolates, I adore cakes, and I never pass up on desserts! Then I found out that you can get all that great taste and still lose weight and stay healthy. Low carb diets offer a variety of delicious, sweet-tasting desserts. In fact, there are so many that I haven't even had time to try them all!

Depending on how low carb your diet is requiring you to stay, your options for low carb desserts will vary. Flax meal or coconut meal muffins with sugar substitutes such as stevia or sucralose would be ideal for one on a strict low carb diet. If you can cut a bit of slack, you can turn to fruits or even that rare indulgence, cheesecake! Try serving the already low-carb cheesecake without the crust, or use sugar substitutes instead of sugar, and you've got the perfect low carb dessert. A lot of people find it hard to believe that the great-tasting cheesecake is low carb, but that's the truth.

Then there's sugar free chocolate. For sugar free chocolate, they replace the sugar with sugar alcohol, which isn't great for you, but it's ok once in a while. While sugar alcohol can still spike your blood sugar levels a bit, real sugar does it even more. If sugar alcohol and artificial sweeteners are a no-no for you, dark chocolate is an alternative. Go for chocolates that contain more than 75% cocoa. You might not like how dark chocolates taste at first, but you will get used to it. Start with 75% ones and then work your way up to 80%. I personally dislike chocolates over 85%, but there are many people that really enjoy 100% chocolates! If you're into cooking, then you can even make your own chocolates. Make your own truffles by mixing almond pieces or coconut flakes with melted chocolate. For alcoholic truffles, you can simply add a bit of whiskey. If chocolate isn't your thing, then how about low carb cereal?

A great way to experience low carb desserts, especially since they're not sold in many stores, is to make them yourselves. You can go on the internet and find many recipes for low carb muffins, cheesecakes and other desserts. Baking powder, butter and egg are still the key ingredients; you can buy the other special ingredients at grocery stores or supermarkets. Most others have found ways to modify their usual foods into low carb versions by tweaking the recipes a bit. Be careful when you follow these recipes as changing the recipe could make it not work. Coconut flour is not like normal flour, so you might need to put in more eggs than usual.

There are a lot of recipes to try out and a lot of desserts to eat. In many ways, it's like discovering a whole new cuisine! Low carb is not AT ALL boring. You will be surprised with the amount of creativity and innovativeness that it will inspire.

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