Desserts are the hardest part of eating low carb.
That’s not entirely accurate. More thought and new recipes are what makes it in low carb desserts. We’ve been heading this way (low carb) for years but this last little jump has taken some thought. Especially as we are in the first weeks and the daily allotment of carbs is at its lowest right now. If you think of allowed carbs as money so spend however you want but you only have $21 then you will look at all things carb related differently. Also, the junky carb things – doughnuts, cake, bread – in this example are really expensive but the quality carbs – high fiber veggies and berries – are cheap so you end up spending your limited carbs on the good stuff.
1 Cup of raspberries = 65 calories, 15 total grams of Carbs but there are 8 grams of dietary fiber per cup so the effective carbohydrate load for an entire cup of raspberries is 7 grams of carbs.
1 Cup of Kraft Mac & Cheese (blue box) = 250 calories, 47g carbs but 2g of fiber makes the effective carbohydrate load for 1 cup of mac & cheese is 45g of carbs.
In this case, the ‘cheap’ food is calorically and carbohydrate-wise expensive. Furthermore, I’m not going to eat an entire cup of raspberries in one sitting. I can tell you that when the kids were little and I didn’t know the connection between my food choices and my health that I bought the family size box of mac & cheese because I downed almost half by myself. Its one of those foods that turns on a rabid eating binge for me. In so many ways, mac & cheese is a no for me.
On to the easy and simple dessert. If you’re used to buying Cool Whip you might give some thought to going old school and buying heavy whipping cream instead. This is how my Omi made whipped topping. She never, ever, ever would have bought Cool Whip.
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 packets Splenda
- 20 raspberries
- 20 blackberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- Pour heavy whipping cream into Magic Bullet, add Splenda. Mix until sound level changes and blades spin freely. If making whipped cream in a traditional mixer, mix until cream consistency is very thick, similar to Cool Whip.
- I chop nuts in a Slap Chop so chop them down to whatever size you prefer.
- This recipe serves 4 people at approximately 1/2 c whipped cream. Divide the chopped nuts amongst the 4 bowls and add 5 of each kind of berries. Done!
This recipe is just sweet enough to satisfy a down regulated sweet tooth without breaking the carbohydrate bank. Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated.