Welcome back to the Neuliven Health blog! We hope you enjoyed the holidays. We certainly did. We are rested, refreshed and ready to keep helping people take healthy steps in their lives.
Now, many of us in the U.S. and people worldwide are buckling down and working on health goals. Lots of people treat January as a time for a “new year, new me” attitude. That’s wonderful. We want to support our customers as they work toward their aspirations!
Sometimes you can go overboard. The problem with making drastic changes in January is that, by February, you’ve given up on your goals. We’re fans of a more moderate route. If you are kind to yourself, staying motivated and staying the course can be easier. You see changes in your health and hit your mile markers as you go!
While some people say you can’t have dessert after New Year’s Eve, we believe it’s okay as long as you pick the right things. We’re not finished with holiday flavors just yet. So, today, we’re sharing one last taste of the holidays with low-carb desserts that have delightful seasonal flavors but fewer than 240 calories! You can enjoy these while still achieving your goal. When you don’t feel deprived, you’re more likely to stick to your resolutions and achieve your end goals!
This is a rich, airy soufflé that has a slightly pudding-like center. It doesn’t call for any complicated ingredients, and they aren’t complicated to make. The treat is best when served hot from the oven before it can fall and while it is still gooey and warm inside. They can be reheated later in the oven as well. They are perfect for cold weather. While they taste decadent, a serving has 109 calories, three grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
While many of us think of gingerbread as just a cookie flavor, it’s also a delicious cake flavor. We have moved on from the season of decorated cookies, but we are still enjoying warm spices. Santa has stored his sled, but the weather is still bitingly cold! This moist and soft cake is perfect with coffee as a treat. It’s made without molasses and brown sugar, but it still tastes classic. A serving has 175 calories, five grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We have made jokes since the fall about never having enough pumpkin pie. This is pumpkin pie without the crust. It’s a dessert with fewer ingredients and fewer calories. The custard must be cooked in ramekins in a water bath to be smooth and creamy. But the effort is well worth the reward. If you aren’t “over” pumpkin pie season, this is the dessert for you. A serving has 235 calories, eight grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
In the past, we have gone on record as saying we love Starbucks treats but hate the nutritional price tags associated with the chain. Their food and drinks are delicious but so high in calories and carbs they are impossible to enjoy without being concerned about your blood sugar and health goals. The cranberry bliss bar has been described as a cross between a blondie and a cheesecake. It is delicious. This version keeps the fantastic flavor but is so much lighter that you can enjoy it without worry! While it’s higher in carbs than we usually suggest, it’s mostly fiber, so it’s low in net carbs. A serving has 195 calories, 14 grams of carbs and 10 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope these recipes help you enjoy January. Turning over a new leaf doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Sweets can be a part of a healthy diet as long as you think about what you are doing and make great choices.