I know! If you’ve been on the Fast Metabolism Diet, your eyes are probably popping out of your head after reading that headline. Yes, desserts do have a place on the diet, and in your life. You CAN satisfy a sweet tooth and fuel your metabolism at the same time.
It’s no secret. I love desserts! My sweet tooth is exercised frequently and I’m not embarrassed to admit it!
Chew on this: FMD desserts = food. FMD food = fuel.
So it stands to reason: Choose Fast Metabolism Diet desserts that fuel your body in the right way, and there’s no reason not to indulge.
Desserts have benefits too
All of our big celebrations involve desserts, from Thanksgiving to birthdays to weddings and even funerals. We eat them because it feels special, it feels good. Eating something decadent and delicious sends a flood of endorphins coursing through our bodies, giving us that happy feeling. But endorphins don’t just give us momentary pleasure: they help lower cortisol, our stress hormone. And reducing stress helps boost your metabolism.
The Fast Metabolism Diet is all about expanding your horizons, trying new foods and falling in love with food again. So you’re going to need to expand your idea of what “dessert” looks like. I’m not talking about processed junk — the stuff that comes in little cellophane packets. We’re not talking about “100-calorie” packets of chemical-laden cookies packed with fake sugars.
I’m talking about Baked Apple Crisp. Coconut Almond Pudding. Blackberry Sorbet. Cacao-Coconut Ice Cream. Those are all recipes in my upcoming Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook.
How to use desserts on the FMD
You’ll find that many healthy desserts that incorporate fruit, healthy fat and protein fit easily on the Fast Metabolism Diet as a substitute for a meal requirement. For example, you could use the mousse below as one of your Phase 3 snacks (don’t forget to add a vegetable). But what if you want a dessert in the traditional sense, as an extra? You can exercise.
Many of my clients are professional or amateur athletes. Because their training involves such a high level of physical activity, they need more fuel to keep their bodies moving. That’s how you can view desserts. A higher level of activity requires more high-quality fuel. So on days where you add an extra Phase-specific exercise, you can add a snack-appropriate portion of extra fuel — or food. And food can sometimes mean dessert.
I don’t want you to go overboard! This doesn’t mean that you should eat less veggies. But a wonderful, endorphin-enhancing, healthy treat now and then can certainly be part of your life.
Cool and Creamy Mint-Chip Mousse
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup birch xylitol
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. corn-free vanilla extract (such as Frontier brand)
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup coconut butter, melted
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup unsweetened raw cacao nibs (such as Navitas Naturals)
In a blender, combine the coconut milk, xylitol, peppermint, vanilla, and salt. Blend to combine. Add the melted coconut butter and avocados. Blend until creamy. In individual dishes, layer about 1/4 cup of mousse followed by a scant teaspoon of cacao nibs, followed by another 1/4 cup of mousse. Top with another sprinkle of cacao nibs. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes and serve. (It’s best to serve right away, since the avocados will gradually lose their green color and turn a more brown color).
One serving is a healthy fat on Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet.