The Top 10 Desserts I Had to Give Up to Lose 100 Lbs.

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If you are someone who is trying to avoid thinking about food all the time, the modern-day planet Earth perhaps is not the right place for you. Honestly, it is high time you pack up and shift to Mars.

With the easy access to global internet and the highly addictive social media platforms, it is quite challenging to limit your screen time. If you are even a little bit like me, you probably have spent your entire youth scrolling down the feed of your social media account.

I mean, who would not want to do that?

The way our brain is constantly stimulated after looking at exciting videos, modern fashion, beautiful people, and breathtaking places; why would anyone ever want to just close their eyes and sleep on time anymore?

To be honest, it is not all that bad if you like spending time on these websites; however, if you are someone who needs to shed a massive amount of body weight and fat, I am sorry to announce it to you, but you have to look away.

Social media platforms are perhaps the best place for any restaurant, café, cook, or ice cream parlor to advertise their mouthwatering foods. No matter if you are a mom who uploads videos of herself preparing lunch boxes for her kids or if you are a chef from Paris who likes to create dragon eggs with chocolate, the world will not get enough of you.

When every other video on these social media platforms is about the best ice cream flavor or the richest chocolate in the world, it is impossible to curb your sugar cravings.

However, since I had promised myself to lose 100 lbs. and get back in shape, I knew that my weight loss journey was going to be about saying goodbye to some of my favorite desserts.

Continue reading about how I began my weight loss journey and what caused me to say goodbye to some of my favorite sugary desserts.

The article lists down the top ten desserts that I had to give up to lose 100 lbs., along with shedding light on all the healthier dessert options I ate instead.

Let’s get started!

How I Began my Weight Loss Journey

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If you think I wrote the detailed rant about social media platforms and all the unfair and highly addictive food videos, you are wrong as it plays a big part in how we view food and what it does to our brain.

Before I had decided to lose 100 lbs., I loved watching people prepare desserts online. Dense chocolate brownies, donut balls, fried ice cream sandwiches, and strawberry croissants; I loved every bit of it.

Obviously, if I was going to spend half my days watching these videos, my sugar cravings were bound to be through the roof. Not only was I always dreaming about desserts, but I was also constantly exploring the different dessert places and cafes around me to curb my uncontrollable cravings.

Eventually, when none of my jeans or skirts went above my knees and my self-confidence went out of the window, I knew I had to change this pattern if I wanted to live a normal and healthy life.

Hence, the first step towards beginning my weight loss journey was to stop watching these videos. Although I could not bring myself to delete my social media accounts, I did eventually learn how to swipe and skip a food video.

This small change made a significant change in my outlook towards losing weight, which eventually motivated me to join the gym.

However, although I was not looking at any new dessert videos, I was still in love with some of the desserts that the nearby cafes and restaurants were selling. It seemed almost impossible to not order a cream cheese tart with my salad whenever I went out with my friends, because I knew how good it tasted.

Hence, I knew that if I wanted to truly transform my body and turn my life around, I had to demonstrate discipline and say goodbye to some of my most favorite desserts.

However, why did I have to say goodbye in the first place?

What Caused Me to Say Goodbye to Some of My Most Favorite Sugary Desserts?

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If you are an alcoholic who thinks about getting drunk all the time, you simply cannot begin your journey towards recovery and betterment by limiting your alcohol consumption. Instead, the only way you will be able to tame your mind and desire is by completely cutting alcohol out of your life.

Eventually, when you have gained enough self-control and discipline, you can once again enjoy a drink or two occasionally to enjoy your life with your family and friends.

Similarly, I had to face the identical scenario when I decided to give up on desserts. Although people asked me why I could not simply control my intake and enjoy a dessert once in a while, little did they know how difficult controlling this addiction was for me.

However, what makes sugar similar to alcohol?

Although many people do not know this, frequent and high amounts of sugar consumption can lead to a similar kind of addiction that alcoholics and drug addicts struggle with.

When you consume a lot of sugary desserts every day, your body gets used to the spike in your blood sugar level. Every time you eat some chocolate and your blood sugar level rises, you automatically feel a fantastic kick of energy and mental positivity.

Eventually, when the ‘sugar-high’ begins to die down and your blood sugar level starts to drop back to its normal level, your body experiences a lack of energy and you may feel unhappy. This feeling is almost the same as the withdrawal symptoms one experiences when giving up on drugs or smoking.

Usually, it will take a lot of will-power to control these symptoms and the growing craving; however, it is important to remember that nothing is impossible.

Hence, when I was unable to control my sugar cravings and the following sugar rush and addiction by limiting the portion size of my dessert, I had to take the decision of completely boycotting my favorite desserts until I had achieved my body goals.

However, it is important to note that I did not just completely give up on sugar. Instead, I switched-up my eating patterns by giving up on certain desserts and shifting to healthier dessert options that kept my sugar cravings at bay while allowing me to burn off my body fat.

Keep reading to learn more about what these desserts are.

The Top 10 Desserts I Had to Give Up to Lose 100 Lbs.

Milk Chocolate Brownies

Milk Chocolate Brownie

Any time I walked in front of a café or bakery that had the delicious aroma of freshly baked chocolate brownies escaping from its main door, I knew I had to stop and have one even if I had to borrow some cash for it.

As a former dessert addict, I know exactly how wonderful a piece of creamy and rich milk chocolate brownie can taste. The way the hot and milky topping melts into the dense texture of the brownie is a sight for sore eyes.

However, since I had no self-control to hold back from eating the entire tray of freshly baked milk chocolate brownies, I knew I had to completely give up on them.  

Eventually, when I managed to drop all the extra weight I had gained, I started experimenting with homemade brownie recipes that tasted the same without having too many calories.

Keep reading to learn about this fantastic and healthy homemade brownie recipe.

What I Ate Instead

If you love milk chocolate brownies as much as I did, it is high time you give this recipe a try. Not only is it much healthier, but its relatively low sugar content will also help you fight off your sugar addiction.

To make these healthier milk chocolate brownies, you need the following ingredients:

  • Dry oatmeal
  • Almond milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Peanut butter
  • Vanilla essence
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder

Now follow the recipe below:

  • In a dry bowl, mix in a generous amount of almond milk with a swig of maple syrup and some peanut butter.
  • Drop in a few drops of natural vanilla essence and whisk well.
  • In another bowl, mix your dried oats with some unsweetened cocoa powder and baking powder.
  • Gradually pour your wet mixture onto the dry ingredients and mix until the brownie better has formed.
  • Grease a baking dish and bake your brownies at medium-heat for thirty minutes.
  • While your brownies are baking, mix some almond milk with cocoa powder and a little peanut butter till you have a nice smooth homogenous icing.
  • Finally, remove the brownies from the oven and pour your milky chocolate icing on top while the brownies are still hot.

Pour yourself a cup of unsweetened tea to have with your brownies, and enjoy!

Mango Ice Cream with Waffles

Who does not love mango ice cream? If you do not, I am sorry we cannot be friends.

The way the fruity and thick chunky mango has been mixed into creamy vanilla ice cream reminds me of a fun and sweet childhood. I used to love having scoops of mango ice cream on top of freshly baked waffles every Sunday until I realized just how much sugar goes into this breakfast dessert.

Not only is mango itself a super sweet fruit, but the combined vanilla ice cream also contains a generous amount of sugar. When consumed with sweet and delicious waffles, the breakfast dessert is bound to land you in a sugar coma.

Hence, although I had to completely give up on mango ice cream with waffles, I knew that I needed an alternative Sunday breakfast that would be equally good while also being healthier.

Hence, I decided to make my own mango ice cream and replaced the waffles with a healthier base.

What I Ate Instead

To replace my unhealthy Sunday tradition with a healthier option, I used the following ingredients:

  • Fresh mango
  • Frozen bananas
  • Natural maple syrup
  • Vanilla essence
  • Crushed almonds
  • Unsweetened biscuit crackers

Follow the recipe below to learn what you need to do with these ingredients:

  • Take a fresh medium-sized mango and chop its flesh into tiny cubes.
  • Now add your chopped frozen banana into a food processor and blend until a creamy texture is achieved.
  • Add a little maple syrup and natural vanilla essence to your frozen blended bananas and mix again.
  • Pour the cold creamy mixture into a bowl and add your chopped mangoes and crushed almonds. Take a silicone spatula and gently mix the ingredients together.
  • Leave your mango ice cream in the freezer for at least five to seven hours.
  • Finally, place a layer of unsweetened biscuit crackers on a plate and add two scoops of your chunky mango ice cream on top.

Not only will this dessert breakfast recipe keep your body fat low and change your life, but it is also an excellent snack that will help you develop healthier eating habits in your kids.

Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I decided that I wanted to drop at least 100 lbs. of body weight, I knew that giving up on chocolate chip fudge cookies will not be easy.

Initially, it was hard to imagine a chilly New York City winter without fresh oven baked cookies and hot milk. However, since I was putting in so much effort at the gym to get back into shape, I did not want to throw-off my progress by eating these sugary cookies.

Luckily for me, my friend Sarah helped me learn how to make a healthier alternative of the chocolate chip fudge cookies that will be less sugary and equally yummy.

Since my friend Sarah’s cookies were nothing less than magic for me, let me share the fantastic recipe with you too!

What I Ate Instead

To make a batch of healthier chocolate chip fudge cookies, you will be needing the following ingredients:

  • Dry oatmeal
  • Vegan chocolate chips
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Low-fat peanut butter
  • Honey
  • Sea salt
  • Baking powder
  • Almond milk

Now follow the recipe below:

  • In a bowl, add your dry oatmeal, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, and a pinch of sea salt, and mix well.
  • In another bowl, add a generous amount of your low-fat peanut butter, three tablespoons of honey, and a cup of almond milk. Mix until a creamy yet runny consistency is achieved.
  • Now, combine your wet and dry mixtures to prepare your cookie dough. Add a handful of vegan chocolate chips and mix in gently.
  • Grease your hands with butter and prepare medium-sized balls with the cookie dough. Place a butter paper on your baking tray and plate your cookie dough balls on top.
  • Bake your cookies for twenty to thirty minutes and allow them to cool before removing them from the baking tray.

Finally, pour yourself some fresh almond milk and enjoy your delicious chocolate chip cookies with your friends and loved ones.

Caramel Bread Pudding

Last Christmas, when I decided to skip on my grandma’s caramel bread pudding, the emptiness I felt lasted for many days. Hence, this year, I was committed to finding a low-sugar bread pudding recipe to make my Christmas whole again.

After trying a bunch of different recipes, I think I have finally found the one. Keep reading to learn about this.

What I Ate Instead

To prepare a healthier version of the traditional creamy caramel bread pudding, you need the following ingredients:

  • Unsweetened bran bread
  • Almond milk
  • Honey
  • Sea salt
  • Assortment of crushed nuts
  • Brown sugar

Now follow the instructions below:

  • In a bowl, add some almond milk, a generous amount of honey, and a pinch of sea salt.
  • Take a glass dish and line it with a layer of unsweetened bran bread. Pour the almond milk and honey mixture over your bread till it is fully submerged.
  • Bake the bread pudding for ten minutes and then place the baked pudding in the freezer for an hour.
  • In a frying pan, heat up some brown sugar to form some hot caramel.
  • Once your pudding is sufficiently chilled, remove it from the fridge and pour the caramel on top.
  • Now, add some crushed nuts on top and enjoy!

Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce

Slice of Cheesecake

If you live in NYC, you cannot say no to cheese cake for too long. The creaminess and the tardiness of a fresh slice of cheesecake is unmatchable to any other dessert you have ever tasted.

However, just because you need to lose 100 lbs., it does not mean you cannot enjoy your life. Instead, follow my recipe and indulge in the best dessert you have ever tasted.

What I Ate Instead

For a healthier version of cheesecake with strawberry sauce, you need the following recipe:

  • Boiled chickpeas
  • Maple syrup
  • Lemon juice
  • Crushed unsweetened biscuits
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh strawberries

Now follow the recipe below:

  • Put your boiled chickpeas in a blender along with maple syrup, lemon juice, and some salt. Mix until creamy consistency is achieved.
  • Melt some butter and mix it into your crushed biscuits. Press the biscuits into a tray and leave it in the freezer.
  • In a saucepan, add your strawberries and some lemon juice to make a refreshing strawberry sauce. You can add maple syrup or honey to sweeten it.
  • Finally, pour your chickpeas batter onto the biscuit crust and top it with some strawberry sauce to enjoy a NYC dessert like no other.