Delicious Desserts at the Holidays That Won’t Wreck Your Low Carb Lifestyle
Desserts are usually forbidden on most diets. On the low carb lifestyle, however, they are only discouraged on Phase 1: Induction, which usually only lasts 2 weeks. On Induction, you are only allowed 20 to 22 grams of carbs per day (as compared with the average of 225 to 300 grams the average American eats each day), with 15 of those grams to be derived from salad greens and low carb vegetables. No fruit is allow on this phase. Yes, it can be as tough as it sounds, but the benefit is significant chemical changes in your body that allow you to lose weight rapidly.
On Phase 2: Balancing, you will continue to lose weight, though not as such a rapid pace. You are permitted 25 to 60 grams of carbs per day. On Balancing, you are permitted low carb fruits such as raspberries or strawberries. One-half cup has only 3 and 5 grams of carbs respectively. Serve on their own, or with a creamy low carb dip.
For many of us, the holidays don’t seem complete without sweet treats, cakes, cookies, candy and pies. You can still enjoy most of these, just the low carb way, Research your favorite desserts to see if they can either be made with fruit, which is full of fiber, or given an entire low carb makeover. Calculate the carb counts for each and make notes in your low carb food diary about what worked well and what could use some improvement.
Classic dessert dishes that can actually be made low carb include crème brûlée, meringues, cheesecake and everyone’s holiday favorite, egg nog. Many of these are easier to make than you think as well, so you do not have to worry about spending hours in the kitchen in order to whip up low carb treats for your guests.
Gluten-free living is becoming increasingly popular all around the world as people who are sensitive or allergic to gluten start to cut back on eating wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free and wheat-free desserts are increasing in popularity. Flourless baking is naturally low in carbs, so it is ideal for both the low carb and the gluten-free lifestyle. Give a complete makeover to your holiday favorites such as gingerbread men and poppy seed cake.
Even chocolate is allowed on a low carb and gluten-free diet. Dark chocolate is low in sugar but rich in taste and fiber. Create a range of chocolate cakes and cookies, or use as a dip or glaze for your fruits and any cakes you may bake.
Do a little research to find low carb makeovers of the desserts you love best that will also impress all of your guests.