One of the problems with talking or writing about sports nutrition is that some people switch off the moment they hear or read the word ‘diet’ because of its association with fad eating plans. They usually are shocked to learn that food that supports an athletic lifestyle even includes delicious desserts.
The following suggestions deliver healthy doses of fibre, minerals, and vitamins, and prove that you can enjoy sweet treats without losing any of the taste or jeopardising your training.
Choose for a single piece of fruit such as a slice or melon or an apple, or, choose a portion of fruit salad made with fresh ingredients, or you can blitz up some berries and bananas into a shake or smoothie. In addition to all those vitamins and minerals, many fruits are also loaded with antioxidants, and they are a mouth-watering way to replenish your cells with water.
No-Bake Chocolate Brownies
A minimum of fuss goes into preparing no-bake chocolate brownies so tasty, it is difficult to believe that they are healthy.
Use equal quantities of dates and walnuts, and add a pinch of sea salt, some cocoa power, and a splash of vanilla essence, extract, or paste. Put all the ingredients in a food processor, process until they are mixed properly, and the mass begins to stick together. Press the mixture into a tin, and cut it into squares, or form small balls with it using your hands.
Sweet Tofu Pudding
Sweetened tofu is an excellent way to enjoy dessert while ensuring you get a healthy amount of protein. Depending on the sweetener you use, your pudding could also deliver healthy antioxidants.
Making it is as simple as blending silken tofu with cocoa powder and honey or maple syrup. You could always dress it up with fresh berries, such as blueberries or raspberries. Making this dessert is almost as easy as finding places to gamble online in NZ when you are in the mood for rewarding action.
Banana Ice Cream
If the bananas in your fruit bowl have become too ripe to eat, use them to make a healthy cheat version of banana ice cream. First, put them in the freezer until frozen, then peel them and cut them up.
Put the frozen banana pieces in a food processor along with a splash of soya milk, and then process them until the mixture looks like soft-serve ice cream. You can add flavourings such as cocoa power, peanut butter, or another nut butter, or honey.
Açaí berries are loaded with goodness. They also make a great dessert for hot days. An açaí bowl can be as elaborate as you want it to be, but a good recipe to start off with includes berries, vanilla protein powder, a banana, coconut water, frozen blueberries, mixed berries, granola, and coconut flakes.
Process everything except the coconut flakes in a food processor. You can toast the flakes lightly in the oven, under the grill, or in a pan to add some nuttiness to their flavour, and then sprinkle them on top of your açaí bowl.