We all love to celebrate. Anything from birthdays to anniversaries, we love making any occasion into a party. It’s a time to have fun and honor something or someone in a really special way. And let’s be honest, if there’s one thing that’s always present at birthday bashes, company parties, and anniversary dinners, it’s desserts and at DEFINE foods we know how to satisfy a sweet tooth.
The idea that sweets and healthy eating can’t coexist doesn’t compute with us. We’ve found ways to incorporate desserts into our diet that keeps us on track with our health goals and gives us that little pick-me-up only chocolate seems capable of doing.
When you think of delectable treats you might imagine a classic chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cupcakes, or a simply divine chocolate mousse. Whatever your favorite dessert may be, we know it can be made using ingredients that support our health. All it takes is a little research, some fun kitchen trials, and we know you’ll love the new-and-improved final product.
Healthy Sugar Swaps We Love
As if the sweet taste of dates weren’t enough, they're also a host of some amazing benefits. Referred to as “nature’s candy,” dates are a good source of dietary fiber and potassium. They’re made up of natural sugars, proteins, and many essential vitamins, making them a great addition to your morning smoothie. Notable effects of enjoying dates can include a boost in your energy levels, regulated digestion, and stronger bones.
When it comes to desserts, we know they’ve got to be sweet. Which is why we love using pure maple syrup when baking up a celebratory treat or party dessert. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that packs a punch with its antioxidant properties and high levels of zinc and manganese. Both minerals are linked with improving heart health and boosting your immune system. Not to mention, maple syrup has such a versatile flavor profile, making it the perfect addition to sweet and savory dishes.
Is a dessert really a dessert if chocolate isn’t involved? Chocolate actually comes from the seed of a cacao tree. Raw cacao has high levels of iron, calcium, and magnesium, and has more antioxidants than blueberries. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this raw form unfortunately has very little in common with the chocolate we’re used to seeing in our grocery stores. Standard chocolate bars and sweetened cocoa powders go through several processes, stripping the superfood qualities raw cacao is known for. So when you’re getting your party started, make sure you’re serving up the good stuff. (We’re talking dark chocolate with at least 70% raw cacao).
While we’re on the subject of sweet treats, we have to address sugar. At DEFINE foods, we know that refined white sugar can impact our health in negative ways. Instead, we choose to use coconut sugar as it has a lower glycemic index. It contains a fiber called inulin which helps stabilize blood sugar and won’t cause you to feel that sugar “high-then-crash” feeling.
Choosing to live a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t make you feel restricted. At DEFINE foods, we hope to reveal just how rewarding, experimental, and sweet healthy eating can be.
The next time you find yourself planning a birthday party, hosting a work event, or just in need of something sweet, know that we’ve got you covered. We offer handmade muffins, cakes, teacakes, cupcakes, mini cupcakes, brownies & cacao truffles. Anytime you order one of our custom cakes, you’ll be delighted by the taste and the healthy benefits.