At some point in time, among the quinoa, kale, chia seeds, and goji berries, coconut became snugly nestled into the plethora of health-food crazes. And what is one of the most effectively entertaining ways to take advantage of superfood trends?…Cupcakes!
Chocolate and peanut butter…the world’s most wonderful combination. I am not leaving that open for debate; that is just the way it is.
I hope that everybody had a lovely Thanksgiving and feasted well. Surely, there would have been no better way to round off that giant holiday meal you enjoyed than with a classic pumpkin pie. Your traditional recipe, however, may have been missing one utterly important element to contribute to a truly satisfying dessert: CHOCOLATE!
Oh, how I love chocolate. I simply cannot get enough of it, and I go to bed sad and hopeless if ever going a day without it. Even the things in life that bring us the most joy and elation, however, can get excessive at times. Yes…there are extremely rare occasions (as much as the thought makes me cringe) in which I do need a break from chocolate. When a refreshing change of pace is desired, this recipe hits the spot–while still satisfying my Bottomless Stomach-sized appetite.
Brownies are good. Cheesecake is good. Ultimately, they are a marriage of near perfect indulgence when combined. Neither of them, however, particularly scream “have another, and another, and another… and you won’t regret it.” Unless of course, you are doing things Bottomless Stomach style.
To say I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. As far as I am concerned, a meal is not complete without dessert. Since sweets, however, tend to be bad news for a nutritious diet, how is one to eat them often without wreaking havoc on his or her health?
Before we get to the recipes, I would like to share some useful tips and essential items used for my cooking methods. The old saying goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” I prefer, however, to eat every meal like a king (or queen in my case). I must mention that I am not a nutritionist; I like to eat a lot, I like to benefit from what I put into my body, and this is what works for me.
The goal of high-volume eating is to be able to get the most volume, or amount of food for the least amount of calories, allowing one to feel satisfied without overeating. While this approach is often used for weight loss to prevent dieters from feeling deprived, I personally use it to eat large portions while maintaining my weight.
In order to get the highest volume of food per calorie, the trick is to choose foods that are low in calorie density. Fiber and water content are two factors that greatly affect calorie density. For example, think of how much more space ten fresh grapes occupy compared to ten raisins. It has also been speculated that dietary fiber is not completely digested, therefore contributing few calories to the diet while adding plenty of volume.
To achieve my collection of low calorie-dense recipes, I focus on ingredients that are high in fiber and protein, while being low in fat and sugar. Additionally, I seek out foods that will provide health benefits whenever possible. In the absence of fat and sugar, however, attaining optimal taste and texture requires some creativity. Continue reading