Desserts & Healthy Living
When in Rome, do as the Romans, right? So when in Aruba, a Dutch island, eat Dutch desserts, right?
The pastries here have a European influence. Meaning they’re phenomenal, plentiful, and inexpensive!
I know these are: flakey cookies, that leave crumbs everywhere, with some sort of coconut-marshmallowey filling in the middle, all dipped in chocolate.
You can only read the expression on your child’s face as she’s about to dig in.
think she liked it know she loved them.
Scott said they’re “amazing”. But that’s “his” kind of food. More crunchy, flaky, and dry-ish.
For me, I am still hooked on Raisin Bread Pudding. I’m on my third slab of the trip.
It’s “my” kind of food: dense, moist, lead weight in my belly. Not dry, light, or “airy”.
And I keep it chilled in the freezer.
Yes, I still eat my veggies, of course.
This post reminds me of a post earlier on in my trip, Eating When Traveling, which seemed quite popular with everyone.
Your comments, thoughts, and opinions about how adventurous you are when you travel, how much you stick to the dietary path you have at home versus how much local fare you sample made were great.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the beach day in Aruba pictures from my last post.
1. Are you a dessert person? When you travel, do you make a point of trying the desserts?
I love desserts, sweets, and basically that’s my “thing”.
Some people like savory/salty/fatty/fried foods and that’s their “thing”.
When I travel, I love to sample the local desserts. Fun at it’s finest.
2. What’s the best dessert you’ve ever had? Or at least one that ranks right up there?
Leave a link if you happen to have one.
This is so hard for me to even begin to choose.
Two recent recipes that rank right up there because they are rich, dense, thick, chocolaty, full of flavor, and just decadent:
3. Do you think there is a place for desserts in a “healthy” diet and “healthy” lifestyle? I use quotes because everyone’s definition of those is different.
My answer, in general, is yes there is a place for them and it’s called moderation.
In a nutshell, allow yourself to live a little! Enjoy life, enjoy food, and if it’s desserts that you enjoy, then have some.
Don’t eat an entire pan of brownies at once, but a brownie or two isn’t a biggie.
Just want a bite of something just for the taste? Have it.
I often find after a few bites, or one serving of a high quality dessert, I’m done anyway. I’d rather eat one really amazing thing than eat many servings of a “fat free” or “light” option.
You don’t have to finish the whole piece of pie if you want a bite or two. And if you do want to finish it, great. Enjoy it.
Enjoy it fully. Don’t feel “guilty” about it. Savor it, relish it, take pleasure in it. You wanted it, you’re having it, don’t apologize for it.
And then, when it’s done, move on.
Tomorrow the sun will still rise, you’re still likely going to work out, you’re still likely going to eat your veggies so I don’t take issue in having some desserts or sweets (or whatever your go to food or your “thing” is).
And I always remember, there will still be more food to try. Tomorrow and the next day and the next day after that.
You don’t have to eat everything in front of you, today. There will always be more food so taking a moderate attitude with it is what I do.
That’s my strategy.
What’s yours? Some people swear off: sugar, carbs, desserts, etc. because they feel they can’t control themselves around them or are not able to be moderate or feel that desserts are “bad”.
And if your “go to” or “comfort food” is salty carbs or fried food or whatever it is instead of desserts/sugar, do you allow yourself those foods? Would love to hear your thoughts!
If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday:
- Beach Day in Aruba
- Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry
- Spam City
- Weekend Mornings & Less Sensitive
- Fantastic Food Finds
- Blogger Meetup in Aruba