Trying to cut sweet treats out of your diet altogether is probably one of the biggest challenges when adopting a healthier lifestyle. But maybe that’s the problem. Perhaps that’s why so many of us fail to stick to change in eating or exercise. We don’t have to cut it all out.
Don’t put yourself on a strict food regimen of diet and exercise with no room for sweets. Making a few small changes may be all you need to start yourself off on the right foot to a better, healthier lifestyle. Instead of cutting sweets out, substitute them with healthier alternatives.
Low Calorie Brownies
If your weak spot is anything chocolate, don’t torture yourself by going cold turkey. You can enjoy chocolatey goodness while keeping your calorie count in check.
This Low Calorie Brownie recipe is just one example of how moderation plays a starring role in the success of healthy eating and exercise. Whip up a batch of these low calorie brownies from Amy’s Healthy Baking, and grab one of them next time your cravings kick into overdrive.
Healthy One-Bowl Chocolate Chunk Brownies from Amy’s Healthy Baking
- 1 tbsp (14g) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup (60g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- ½ cup (96g) coconut sugar
- 6 tbsp (90mL) nonfat milk
- ¾ cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- ¾ cup (90g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour
- 3 tbsp (42g) finely chopped dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 300°F, and lightly coat an 8″-square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the butter, egg whites, vanilla, and salt. Stir in the Greek yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the coconut sugar. Stir in the milk. Add in the cocoa powder and baking powder, stirring just until incorporated. Stir in the flour until just incorporated. Gently fold in 2 ½ tablespoons of the chopped dark chocolate
- Spread the batter into the prepared pan, and gently press the remaining chopped dark chocolate into the top. Bake at 300°F for 15-19 minutes (15 minutes yields the fudgiest brownies; 19 minutes yields slightly cakier brownies). Cool completely to room temperature in the pan, and let the brownies sit for at least 6 hours at room temperature for the fudgiest texture before serving.Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash