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 usually have no idea what I’m buying because I can’t read Dutch.

I know these are: flakey cookies, that leave crumbs everywhere, with some sort of coconut-marshmallowey filling in the middle, all dipped in chocolate.

Pretty good, I’d say but honestly, I didn’t try them.

You can only read the expression on your child’s face as she’s about to dig in.

I 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. 

It never actually freezes solid.  I think that’s because of all the butter in it which just makes it so satisfying! We need fat in our diets. Eat it, in moderation, is my motto.

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.

Yes, it was a great day!


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:

Fudgy Nutella Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

and No Bake Nutter Butter Special K Bars with Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting

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:


62 comments on “Desserts & Healthy Living”

  1. Love your tips for a healthy, yet happy, way of eating! Ive said it before, but I just love how you keep this relaxed attitude to foods! We have so much to learn from you!
    I have always loved dark chocolate! Its the only food I never ever get tired off. And funny enough, I have never had issues eating it even tho I have major problems with other foods. Im so happy about that :)
    The best dessert Ive had in a while is these beatiful chocolate tarts I made a few days ago. i found the recipe on the Diva Dish blog, and knew this recipe was for me! Totally amazing!

  2. That raisin bread pudding looks like just my cup of tea. I love sweets – generally only with chocolate in them :-) Aruba picture look great!

  3. Hey, girl, I had to drop in and say “Hi!” now that I’m back from San Diego. I made a couple of trips to Trader Joe’s to make sure they stay in business while you’re gone.

    By the way, I’m finally going to order some of that NuNaturals liquid stevia you rave about, and I want to make sure I get the right stuff. Do you get the alcohol free kind, or the one with Singing Dog extract? They’re both vanilla flavored.

    I ate way too many desserts last week. It’s impossible to say no when my sister makes them from scratch, right? She made vanilla cake with chocolate frosting, oatmeal-raisin-coconut-pecan cookies, and pineapple upside-down cake. They were all great.

  4. I’m a big time dessert person but it’s easy for me to say no to a cupcake or cake. Now my bf, not so strong ;) Just don’t give me any oreos or else!

  5. Desserts are also my thing! I do agree that you can (and should) fit them into a healthy diet. I sometimes have trouble balancing my diet with just a little dessert, but overall I do pretty well:-)

  6. I am definitely a dessert person! I love fruits and veggies, and healthier foods in general too, but life is not complete without sweets! Sweets in moderation is what balances our our diets. Btw, that raisin bread pudding looks fantastic!

  7. My food philosophy is pretty much the same as yours. Deprivation leads to obsession, and possible binges. I’d rather spend my energy wisely, and obsessing about food isn’t a wise use of my time and energy, IMHO.

    Sweets are more “my thing,” but I definitely love some savory goodies well. Such as onion rings.

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  9. I’ve been struggling a bit lately with food, body image, etc which isn’t out of the ordinary in teenagers; I don’t restrict my foods and cut them out of my diet, because it’s too difficult and unnecessary. I try to eat in moderation but at the end of the day, all of those bites here and there add up. I love basically anything unhealthy but I’ve learned a whole lot of tips and realizations through the many blogs I read; so I’m definitely working on eating less processed foods (I never really ate much to begin with) and making sure I don’t overeat on unhealthy stuff.

  10. I love dessert! I have a pretty major sweet tooth, but I also love saltier things (read: nut butters). In the past I’ve had problems with restricting and binging, but I do plan myself a dessert each day. Today was your banana oat cake smothered with peanut butter!

  11. The cookies look pretty good and the bread looks wonderful.

    1. Sure, but in moderation which is usually just on the weekends for me. Sure on traveling, especially for creative vegan options.
    2. Probably the raw chocolate cake from Jennifer Cornbleet’s book, it’s very rich and chocolaty and I love that it’s simple to make and impress with.
    3. Sure, but I do think raw vegan dessert are considerably better health-wise with more whole, non-processed ingredients.

  12. looks so good thanks can you do a chocolate cake!! Yummy..

  13. I am not a big dessert person … I make them, but usually only try one bite, and then give away the rest. I prefer something salty/savoury to sweet any day.

  14. When I’m in Barbados, I always make a point of having their Rum & Raisin ice cream. Delicious!

    Moderation is the key. I’m not missing out on dessert just because I’m living a healthy lifestyle. Especially any Averie designed desserts. Yum!

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  16. Haha, it’s weird to see something in Dutch on your blog! (I’m Belgian, but we speak Dutch here too, well half of us, the other half speaks French and a tiny bit speaks German).

    Bokkenpootjes actually means bucks legs (buck as in a male goat). Kinda weird name but I love those cookies!

    Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

    PS : Please help me choose from the cooking books listed on The Veggie Eco-Life

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