I’m not a fan of ice-cream. I never have been. It’s just too cold. I know, I know, I’m in a distinct minority but there it is. Doesn’t stop me making it for the family though, I’m nice like that 🙂 I like to experiment and, as always, I’m trying to make a nice treat just that little bit healthier.
I do believe that no matter what healthy eating regime you decide to follow, you must allow yourself a little bit of something you fancy every day. Just that one little reward that increases the likelihood that you will persevere and stick with your plan. Nothing derails good intentions quite like an intense craving so try to ward those off at the pass with an alternative or work up to allowing yourself a small portion of whatever it is you want. For example, if you love chocolate, a few squares of cocoa intense dark chocolate, preferably unsweetened, would possibly suffice and would certainly be healthier. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and minerals like iron and magnesium (for healthy bones). A few small squares savoured at morning break or when relaxing in the evening would be far better than a bar of Dairy Milk for example, which is super high in fat, sugar, calories and low on nutrients. The key to the treat system is to make note of it, make sure you’re sitting comfortably, make sure you’ve promised yourself that you deserve it and most importantly, never allow yourself to feel guilty about it.
Once you start rewarding yourself with nice, healthy things you can start to redefine your relationship with food and how much pleasure it can bring you to eat really well.
Very much in the ‘treat yourself but try to make it a bit healthier’ vein is my Last of the Summer berries creamy iced yoghurt which you can find here. It’s low fat and could be virtually fat free if you used the fat-free Greek yoghurt. I prefer not to as I think the flavour and texture suffer a bit. Best of all it uses up the last of the Summer fruits and takes a little taste of Summer freshness into Autumn.