What slow-carb desserts are allowed?
What are some slow-carb desserts or treats that I'm allowed to have when I'm having a craving for sweets? I know sugar is not allowed, but after eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner full of meat and vegetables, at the end of the day I really need something to break up the monotony. Any suggestions?
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While there are people here suggesting some dessert alternatives, I want to recommend you just rewiring your brain to stop wanting something sweet at the end of the day.
I think continuing old habits/traditions like sweets after a meal puts you in a dangerous position, where it becomes easier to eat non SC foods.
If you find yourself craving sweet, just eat something a bit fatty. Drink some water, tea or coffee and wait it out. It'll disappear. After a few days of this pattern, you'll forget about desserts. Then go nuts on your off day. But let's break this cycle of end of meal desserts everyday.
Delicious plant based smoothie... Pea protein, brazil nuts, almond butter, water and ice... add some coconut butter for healthy fats if you would like. Feeling like chocolate? Add some raw cacao (unsweetened raw chocolate)
eggs, pea protein, brazil nuts, coconut flour... blend up in magic bullet type of blender and cook for 2 mins on each side. Put some almond butter on top. So Delicious.
I drink these and eat delicious pancakes daily... 4.7% bodyfat
If you're really serious about losing fat, you really shouldn't be eating anything that tastes sweet at all, including natural and artificial sweeteners. Although it says you can have up to 16oz of aspartame per day, that doesn't mean you should have it. All of those will have an effect on insulin and stall fat loss.
Do not eat whipped cream as suggested and do not eat the yogurt suggested. Whipped cream contains lactose and is, frankly, just a slippery slope. And yogurt contains maltodexterine, which is a sweetener as well. It's just not worth it, once you have one you can continually have more and more. Sugar free jello is a great one. I also find that almond butter and cottage cheese get me through sugar cravings as well.
Ice coffee with coconut milk works for me!
Every couple days I brew a pot of coffee and stick it in the fridge. This way I can have ice coffee in the morning or evening when I crave sugar or dairy. I stir in a couple spoons of coconut milk per glass and it usually satisfies my sweet tooth. At the very least it prevents me from eating/drinking something with aspartame.
You can also make instant coffee on the stove with water and coconut milk to taste. You can make it really rich or really light depending on your preference. Stir in in some vanilla extract or maybe a spice like cinnamon or cardamom. (Note: be sure to combine the coffee and water fully before adding the coconut milk and vanilla.)
Coconut milk is so filling and rich--it will probably prevent you from cheating! This is especially good for all of you sugary coffee drink whores.
A lot of people have said Sugar-Free Jell-O which I went bananas on in the first month of my diet, and got completely sick of.
I find that if I'm having a horrifying sweet craving, a glass of diet Dr. Pepper or Diet Coke tends to stave off the desire. If that isn't going to cut it, I go without.
I still have murderous sweet cravings, but you'd be surprised what cleaning the house of sweets does for your resolve.
I just discovered a GREAT sweet treat today by accident! I like to make myself an iced coffee when I get a sweet tooth. Today I made my one cup of coffee in my keurig and then set the cup in th freezer to cool off. Unfortunately, I forgot about it and it ended up freezing (just the top) so I took a fork and broke it up, poured it into a blender, added 1 stevia packet and 2 tablespoons of cream. It was AWESOME! Try it!
Unless you consider a couple carrots and a handful of soy nuts dessert, then no. Nothing sweet, it triggers a glycemic response in your pancreas that turns everything else you eat to blood sugar, and that makes and feeds fat cells. I have been making a mix of soy nuts and peanuts and coating them with adobo and nutritional yeast, it tastes good, BUT, I think the nutritional yeast is causing a glycemic response. I have been feeling not so much full but rather swollen, a sure sign of carbs. So, no. liek Tim famously says: Save it for your cheat day.
I agree with the comments that it's best to rewire your brain, and break bad habits.
Realizing it's easier said than done, here are two tips that have helped me overcome sweet cravings in the past:
1. Chew gum; or,
2. Brush your teeth
These two have have provided enough distraction for me to allow me to overcome my sweet cravings.
blend the meat of a couple fresh coconuts (get at asian supermarket) along with a couple spoonfuls of chia seed, some vanilla bean or extract and about 5 drops of stevia extract. Chocolate powder can be added....its a delicious, raw, superfood pudding. It's fatty, satisfying, sweet and as far as I know, allowed on the slow carb diet.
How about a glass of naturally flavored sparkling water? Make sure it's not a sparkling water beverage which usually contains sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Serve it up in a beautiful glass with ice. The bubbles and just a hint of berries or citrus make it a refreshing treat that will fill you up, no calories, no carbs, nothing.
My girlfriend made a pie last night. the crust was inspired byShe used equal parts garbanzo bean flour and almond flour with xanthan gum and guar gum a little egg and cold butter for the crust. We made in food processor. Next time we will add some stevia or splenda to sweeten it. Add to the dry ingredients first and sift all the dry ingredients. Then we baked it with a rim of aluminum foil around the rim of the pan so it didn't burn as it took longer for the bottom to cook. I can probably have her write up the recipe. anyhow, be patient it took about a half hour at 350. We were opening the oven to feel it quite a bit so it was letting hot air out.
For the filling. We used two of the large boxes of vanilla sugar free jello pudding mix. it calls for 3 cups milk per package. We used almond milk which has a problem setting up the pudding. So to solve this we put a Tablespoon of melted coconut oil in and a scoop of brown rice protein powder. We also dissolved a 1/2 teaspoon of guar gum in a tiny amount of water and added that. Then we put in blender to emulsify the fat and thickeners. we then added the jello, two large boxes which is double the instructions on the box and emulsifed again. Store in bowl in fridge until crust is cooled down.
After the crust was fully cooled we just scooped into the crust and covered with plastic wrap and let set overnight just to be sure it cooled. It set up perfectly and held together when a slice was taken out. The first slice at that.
I wish I could put the picture up here but don't have it on a website. My girlfriend though is going to start a blog so maybe that will change in the near future.
I drink lots of black tea most of the day--straight black tea. But after dinner, if I'm really desperate, I will drink another big cup of tea with...a dash or two of liquid Stevia. I feel so naughty. Okay, not really, but whatever.
I did try add some cinnamon to black tea last night to harness the cinnamon effect (not to curb the sweet tooth), but it was strange. Not awful, but strange.
I don't think one exact formula will work for every person. People have different metabolic types and tolerances. Tim's plan seems more or less a template that can be followed for good results in several body types. For instance, I know from my previous experiences with Atkins that fermented dairy (ie dairy products containing little to no lactose or added sugars) does not have an effect on my weight loss. I've seen this in the lack of "carb bloat" when I consume such products and seen it on a scale. But that's just what works for me and my metabolic type.
I'm only 1.5 weeks in and I'm losing some weight. I notice it in my lack of bloat and my somewhat looser-fitting pants. My weigh-in at the end of the week will determine my actual progress.
As far as dessert goes, save the sweet for cheat day. While artificially-sweetened products haven't caused a huge amount of damage in my low-carb runs, it's the mentality of "I must have sweet things" that's more damaging in the long run.
It's probably a cultural/habit thing, but after main meals I need to eat something different. Whether it's desert, yogurt, fruit, cheese, bread is not important, it's really about washing away your mouth from those heavy flavours of your "main course". I tried coffee but on the evening it's no good, even deca.
I tried (green) tea but it takes took long to get cold enough to be drinkable.
So far this is the one of the most frustrating part of the slow carb on the day to day thing I find.
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