Craving Sweets? 3 Recipes to Feed Your Gut, Not Your Waistline

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Did you know that eating the right foods for a balanced gut (meaning the right amount of good or neutral vs. harmful bacteria) plays an important role in healthy weight management? Studies show foods that nourish the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract, such as foods high in prebiotic fiber and living and fermented foods that contain probiotics are particularly beneficial, but what about those moments of weakness when you crave something sweet?

Here are three delicious yet gut-healthy recipes you can feel good about:

Cacao, Avocado & Chia Mousse
Serves: 4
Ingredients:
1 avocado
¼ cup cacao powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. chia seeds

Directions: Place avocado, vanilla, and almond milk in food processor and process until smooth; stir in chia seeds. Transfer mixture to medium bowl; refrigerate 1 hour. Scoop into individual bowls and serve chilled.

Lemon Bliss
Serves: 1
Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 drops vanilla stevia
1 tsp. lemon extract

Directions: Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill 2 hours. Serve cold.

Nut Butter Cups
Serving Size: 2 Serves: 16
Ingredients:
5 tbsp. coconut cream concentrate (coconut butter)
5 tbsp. coconut oil (best if in liquid form)
6 tbsp. cacao powder (see Note)
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lo han (monk fruit) sweetener
3 tbsp. nut butter of choice (cashew, sunflower, almond)

Directions: Mix all ingredients except nut butter in a medium bowl. Place ½ tsp. of mixture into each cup of a mini muffin pan. Freeze about 10 minutes. Set remaining mixture aside. Add ¼ tsp. nut butter atop each frozen “cup.” Add another ½ tsp. of the cacao mixture on top of the nut butter; freeze again about 15 minutes (to harden). Note: Cacao powder is a less processed version of cocoa powder and is available at health food stores.

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  • Amanda McNally

    This sounds really good. Can this be made in advance or kept for more than a day? Or, will the avacado spoil as it usually does when you don’t douse it with an acid?

  • Although this recipe may keep a day or two in the refrigerator, we recommend preparing and serving it on the same day because once the avocado begins to oxidize, it may alter the flavor a bit. Enjoy!