Is Eating Desserts Really That Bad an Idea?

Image credit: DHerbs.com At this stage, the cat’s pretty much out of the proverbial bag – eating desserts or anything that’s high in sugar and fats is as good as a death sentence. But, just how much truth is there to such statements? After all, things that sound too bad to be true (probably) always are, right? Well, we are here to set the record straight once and for all. Having been in the confectionery trade for a while, we know a little something about how sugary foods work. The short version of our answer is – no, desserts are not bad for you. Here’s the longer version… The origins of the myth Image credit: Flickr For the most part, people broadly class foods into good and bad boxes. Good food (green veggies, white meats, fruits) can be safely consumed in any quantity while even a single service of the bad foods (burgers, cakes, pizzas etc) can set you all the way back to the start. This just isn’t true. While some foods have more calories than others, how you consume them is what ultimately dictates results. Sugar is the biggest worry as far as desserts go. For men, the recommended total sugar intake per day is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, while for women the number is 6 teaspoons or 100 calories. Provided what you are eating is within this threshold, you should be fine. However, as this number is the total sugar you can consume in a day, it should include what all the foods you consume, not just those high in sugar. No, desserts aren’t inherently...

6 Low Calorie Desserts to Help Your Fitness Goals

I get it. It’s hard to say no to distractions. But hey, the occasional distraction is important! Because all fun and no play can leave you questioning your very existence. But distractions are usually on the higher side of the fabled calorie count which can derail weeks of efforts.  Or can it? In our previous article, we covered how you could get fit for the summer fast (do check it out). We thought of putting together a list of easy-on-the-gut, low calorie desserts that give you the satiety you want without weighing you down, emotionally or otherwise. Let’s start… Low Calorie Coconut Macaroons The classic melt-in-your-mouth French desserts are a tempting treat, but can be rather calorific. Nothing a little ingenuity can’t beat. Drier than the usual version, these macaroons are packed with half the calories of the same and are extremely easy to whip up, too! Get the recipe here. 37 Calorie Brownies Apparently this is possible. And they taste awesome,too! The low calorie count leaves you with plenty of options to try. Not to mention, you can (probably) get away with eating more than you usually would. Get the recipe here. Paleo Strawberry Crumble If only early humans had heard of this! For those in our audience who like to keep it old school, we have an easy to make, crunchy low calorie dessert that is as satisfying as it is healthy. Some of the ingredients required to make this snack may seem strange, but they aren’t that hard to find either. Get the recipe here. No Bake Energy Bites Hands-down the easiest recipe to make in...

Ever Tried These Sweet and Sour Desserts?

Are you tired of sweet desserts yet? It wouldn’t be unimaginable. After all, we humans have a way of becoming apathetic to things that we try the most. While you can easily find a LOT of recipes for sweet desserts and quite a few options for sour ones, finding those that are both sweet and sour can be a little hard. Do we have your attention yet? Great! Here are some awesome sweet and sour recipes from around the net that are easy to whip and a treat to eat! Brown Butter-Sour Cream Crumb Cake What’s not to like about a spongy cake with a flaky, crumbly top? Rich in flavor with a zing to boot, this cake is the perfect accompaniment to your coffee breaks or for binging, too. Cooking time is in the neighborhood of one and a half hours and the cake can easily be made with what you can find in your kitchen. Find the recipe here. Blueberry Mousse If there’s one French dessert that has captured the fancy of chefs and connoisseurs world wide, it is the Mousse. While you are probably all too familiar with chocolate mousse we bring to you a zingier version that is sure to add some zest to your meals. Check out the recipe here. Sour Patch Grapes The easiest recipe on our list, you only need two two ingredients to fix this dessert up. Also known as glitter grapes, frosted grapes or candied grapes, the grapes are a definitely going to be a hit with the kids! Get the recipe here. Sour Cream Chocolate Cake Here’s a different...