- Diet & Weight Loss
Three Quick and Easy Low Carb Desserts
It's spring 2011! Another new season where we - those of us who want to lose more than thirty pounds, get toned and of course healthy have another opportunity to work at our ongoing battle of the bulge.
Well, i find i can stick better to a low carbohydrate lifestyle most of the time. So that is the approach to losing weight that i most often resort to when working my way back into shape. There are lots of inspiring reasons to drop the weight, and of course being your best most healthy self is the first priority.
Looking good takes second place to feeling healthy and well! But i don't care how i chose to lose weight, i crave sweets and if i can't incorporate something sweet in my life style of eating and being healthy then it is a losing battle before i have even begun.
Yes, i believe in moderation! Yes, i believe in portion control! Yes, i believe in eating healthy before the fast food, high fat, high carb foods i would rather consume! But i have my days when i need chocolate or something sweet and creamy like cheese cake.
So, when i am at my strictest about what i allow myself to eat as part of my weight loss and weight maintenance plan i go for what is acceptable on my list of good protein rich foods that lend well to becoming something sweet and decadent.
Cream cheese, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, butter, eggs, crushed Macadamias, vanilla, and whipped heavy cream topping in the can are my go to products for creating exciting and delectable recipes that i don't feel too guilty about consuming.
What's also great is that they are simple, quick and easy! Making them is so easy a child can do them and you don't have to worry about long periods of prep, cooking or baking time. You won't be spending lots of time in a kitchen and you can eat as much as you want. That always appeals to me.
My favorite three are recipe's of my own invention but can be tweaked to suit anyone's palate especially if you love cheese cake, but don't want the added carbs from the graham cracker crust or having to wait on it to bake.
For the first one you don't even need any more than four to seven ingredients. Truth is you don't even need six ingredients. This tasty treat can be done with only the four main ingredients which consists of cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, crushed macadamias then topped with whipped cream from the can.
1. Cream cheese treat
What you will need:
4 oz of cream cheese
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup of crushed or chopped Macadamias
can of heavy whipped cream topping
fork to mix
How to put it together:
1. In the bowl place cream cheese and whipping cream
2. Mix or blend these together, place in a small serving.dessert bowl/cup
3. Top with macadamias
4. top off with canned whip cream
Go ahead and eat.
For the second recipe instead of heavy whipping cream you would substitute sour cream.
2. Cream cheese with sour cream
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup of full fat sour cream
1/4 cup of crushed or chopped macadamias
1 can of whip cream
Put it together like before and enjoy!
The butter, vanilla extract and sugar substitute or splenda are all optional!
These are versatile and can be eaten everyday as long as you watch your added sugar but other than that you can have some type of soothing dessert that not only assists in your weight loss but stops your sugar or sweet craving.
The third recipe will take a little longer because you will need to add eggs and bake this mixture until it is firm. You will pour each mixture in a ramekin, which is then placed in a water bath and then baked for 25 to 30 minutes until a knife comes out clean.
This is difficult to describe, it can be a a souffle or a custard or a cheese whatever, but whatever you call it, it is good and will satisfy any type of cravings. The truth is the advantage to this recipe is that it can be eaten warm, which depending on how you feel can give you cozy feelings of satisfaction.
3. Cream cheese comfort
What will you need:
8 oz package of cream cheese
1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
1/4 oz of sour cream
1/2 stick of butter (or 1/4 cup or 4 tblsp)
2 whole eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 sugar, optional
2 tsp lemon optional
baking pan with water, sheet of foil to cover
Allow butter and cream cheese to soften. Let eggs and sour cream come to room temperature.
Oil the ramekins. Place the ramekins in the pan with water.
Pre heat the oven at 325 degrees
What to do:
1. In mixing bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, sour cream, whipping cream, eggs and vanilla.
2. Add vanilla flavoring, sugar if desired and or lemon juice.
3. Spoon mixture in the ramekins, a little over half full.
Pour more water in pan until it is a little over half up the side of the ramekins. Cover with foil.
Put pan in the middle of the top rack.
Bake for 30 minutes, uncover bake another 15 to 20 minutes until firm or a clean toothpick is removed.
Allow to cool at least ten minutes.
To eat add macadamia nuts plus some whipped cream topping from a can or some run raisin sauce.