The best weight loss diets have to accommodate a sweet tooth. Probably most of us, including me, have a sweet tooth. Research shows that a craving for sweets is an innate survival trait that helped make sure that our ancient ancestors ate nutritious fruit. In today’s food environment, our carvings for sweets is more often satisfied with cookies or candies.
Many of us have a weakness for chocolate. I can’t moderate my intake, so I typically avoid it to the extent I can. But, I do accommodate my husband by making him is favorite chocolate bark.
The Best Weight Loss Diets Allow Sweet Indulgences
Best weight loss diets are effective because they allow occasional indulgences. We can’t be “good” all the time. One strategy is to find ways of using substitutes to make your own somewhat healthy desserts.
I recently discovered a healthier alternative to the traditional chocolate bark. Chocolate desserts are a favorite, but they are very caloric. The healthy tip is to substitute Greek yogurt for the chocolate. I know it sounds weird, but I made it for the first time and was surprised at how well it firmed up in the freezer. I used Fage 0% fat yogurt and added a little honey and vanilla flavoring.
You can add in almost anything. I used roasted almonds and pepitas, freeze dried strawberries, dried mixed berries, and goji berries. Mix and match and use whatever suits your fancy. I have to admit that I did sprinkle in a few mini chocolate chips for my husband.
This recipe may just satisfy your ice cream cravings. Add this recipe to your best weight loss diets and stay on track.
Frozen Greek Yogurt Bark with Nuts & Berries
Try this frozen Greek yogurt bark with raspberries and pistachios for a healthy alternative to ice cream or chocolate bark and enjoy a delicious cool sweet treat.
Ingredients (makes 8 servings)
- 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp raw honey melted
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp sea salt
- 6 oz fresh raspberries sliced in half
- 1/3 cup pistachios finely chopped
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and then set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt, raw honey, sea salt, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth.
- Gently fold in the sliced raspberries.
- Pour mixture into the center of the prepared baking sheet and spread to approximately 1/4-inch thickness, taking care to keep as even as possible.
- Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and then place into the freezer overnight until completely firm, or for at least 4-6 hours.
- Once frozen, break into pieces using your hands.
- Any extras can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 128 (will vary depending on the add-ins)
You can vary this recipe any way you want.
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