These recipes changed my life, seriously. I’ve been having the Chocolate Avocado Mousse almost every day for the last week: my sugar cravings have gone way down and I’m finding that just a few tablespoons will satisfy me (and I don’t, umm, binge eat).
If you’re like me, you want something sweet after every meal. This can be a huge bummer and super annoying because we know these cravings mostly come from deeply engrained habits and not a physiological need for energy. I’ve learned a couple solutions for managing sugar cravings:
- First and foremost, support your body with nutrient-dense whole foods and make sure you’re getting enough protein from a variety of sources. The most gnarly sugar cravings (especially at night) will subside simply by pumping healthy, balanced meals into your body and not under-eating.
- Resist the urge for 20-30 minutes before giving in to your temptation. I know this sounds simple, but sometimes I set an alarm on my phone to go off 20 minutes after I finished my meal and then assess how much I want something sweet. Usually I forget about it. But on those days that I don’t…
- Taaa-daaaaaaa!!! Have your avocado desserts at-the-ready! I’m telling you, a few spoonfuls of one of these desserts will do the trick. They’re rich in healthy fats, full of flavor, and only use a small amount of natural sweetener. Other go-to healthy sweets I reach for when the cravings trump the will power: dates or other dried fruit, fresh fruit with honey yogurt, a spoonful of almond butter mixed with honey, or a few squares of dark chocolate. A heck of a lot better than 5 cookies, wouldn’t ya say?
1 whole, ripe avocado
2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbs. raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbs. milk, cream, or non-dairy milk
1 Tbs. cocao nibs (optional)
A pinch of sea salt
Blend everything together in a small food processor or blender. Add more milk if you like it creamier. You can also add some chia seeds if you want it thicker. It’s best to serve chilled and can last a day in the fridge — yeah right, like you’ll have any leftovers.
1 ripe avocado
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. lemon zest
2 Tbs. honey
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 tsp. coconut extract (or vanilla if you don’t have it)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 Tbs. chia seeds
Same as above, but let sit in the fridge first for at least an hour before consuming so the chia seeds can expand and the mousse can thicken.