We all know it’s coming, that late-night sweet tooth. Here’s a tip, plan your desserts ahead of time so you will have a healthier alternative than rocky-road ice cream. A well-planned dessert will allow you to enjoy the treat without the guilt, and I’ve got some of my top favorites to share with you!
I do love a good ice cream though. I have been on a personal quest to find a healthy ice cream alternative that’s also delicious! One day, as I was roaming about the freezer section of the grocery store, this pretty blue tub caught my eye. Mauna Loa Hawaiian ice cream, made on the Big Island of Hawaii. I was lucky enough to have spent some time as a travel nurse on the Big Island and got to see some of the Mac Nut farms. So, of course, I had to try their ice cream and I’m so glad I did- it’s become my favorite treat on this list!
1. Mauna Loa ice cream!
Gluten-free, dairy-free, keto, and paleo-friendly. Made with macadamia nuts, this ice cream provides an excellent source of healthy fats and is much lower in carbs compared to other nuts. It was ranked the Best Vegan Ice Cream this year by Insider magazine. It’s a must-try if you’re an ice cream lover like me!
2. Mixed berries and light whipped cream, yum!
Doesn’t this look delicious? Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries topped with light whipped cream. Spice it up with some sliced almonds and coconut flakes.
Berries are a great source of fiber and antioxidants. Fiber can help promote weight loss by slowing digestion and carbohydrate absorption. Powerful antioxidants help combat various diseases and promote longevity.
3. Plain Greek Yogurt with slices of fresh peaches…
Peaches & Cream. Make it a peach cobbler with some granola and a light honey drizzle. This sweet treat is an excellent source of calcium and other essential vitamins, like vitamin C to help support immune function. Plain greek yogurt improves gut health with probiotics without all the added sugar.
4. Orange slices and a piece of dark chocolate…
Dark chocolate, the higher the cacao, the better health benefits. Dark chocolate has been shown to help with heart health and cancer prevention. Choose a bar of dark chocolate that’s at least 70% or higher. This number represents how much of the bar is from the pure cacao bean and how much is other ingredients like sugar, vanilla, etc. The higher the %, the less sweet it will be since it has a much lower sugar content, but pairs well with the sweetness of the orange.
5. Dark chocolate covered almonds and one small glass of red wine...
Red wine is loaded with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic disease, like heart disease. Red wine helps promote melatonin to support a good night’s sleep. Having one small glass of red wine can actually help you get a better night’s sleep. Sign me up for a nightcap!