Each certification includes:
- a digital Cookbook study guide
- free video playlist
- healthy shopping list of specialty items
You can find all of these specialty items here at MyWholeFoodsKitchen.com!
The Diet’s Day Off! Make sweet memories with our Healthy Dessert Cookbook. We call it Saturday Sweets as part of our Saturday Strategy to have a “Diet’s Day Off” or what you might call a “cheat day.” We say “no” to sweets and treats all week long until Saturday. Then we have something to look forward to. We hope you will appreciate this sweet compromise because we make all our desserts from scratch and always get back on track for Simple Sunday.
Project 6: Healthy Desserts
– Challenge 6: Replace white sugar with naturally healthy sweeteners.
– Action Step 6: Establish “Saturday Sweets” for a smooth transition to a healthy diet.
– Shopping List 6: Organic sugar, agave, stevia, honey, honey powder, maple sugar.
– Results 6: Have a sustainable long-term diet plan through sweet compromise.
Healthy Desserts Videos
In our household, we have sweets on Saturdays only. We call it “Saturday Sweets” or “Seasonal Sweets”. No one will die a terrible diet-related death from eating sugar once a week, and I believe the benefits of having family traditions are worth the extra carbohydrates. Make the transition to a healthy diet much smoother for your children by planning comfort foods together for the coming weekend. Using healthy replacements like organic sugar or honey powder, you can make your favorite desserts from scratch and no one will ever know it’s healthy. You will keep them from feeling “deprived” while also building “sweet” memories in the kitchen. Be sure to take lots of pictures!
My children know the rules by now, but at first they had to have it defined again and again. They asked for “sweets” every day just to hear me say again and again, “yes, on Saturday you can have sweets. What shall we plan for Saturday Sweets?”
My young boys were addicted to sweets and their little personalities were negatively affected by sugar. They were hyperactive enough without adding the bursts of aggression and depression that followed sugar intake. I had to be vigilant to teach them to notice how they felt when they were on a sugar high and low and show them the hardship it was causing themselves and the people around them. They became so aware of it that they began to choose to avoid sugar on their own. They read the labels on everything out loud at the store and made choices based on the number of grams of sugar. I also taught them to love and prefer “Nature’s kind of sugar” as they devoured a cantaloupe or a watermelon in season. They corrected their father on his soda and ice cream habits until he finally got on board with better choices. The whole family can work together to encourage healthy changes in the home while still allowing the “sweet” memories on special occasions on Saturdays.
I provide them brownies made with black beans or cookies made from quinoa during the week, but they still look forward to that one day a week when they can have what the other kids get to eat. We make our own homemade ice cream in the summer, but on Saturdays we allow the kids to get something from the ice cream truck that drives by the water park. Even though sugary cereals are an absolute “no-no” in our home, they are one of the things we might put on top of homemade ice cream.
We have family traditions to pass on, wholesome memories to create and holidays to look forward to. Seasonal Sweets are ever changing and therefore not likely to be addicting like soda habits or chocolate addictions. Making a special birthday cake on a loved one’s birthday, apple pie during the apple harvest, traditional homemade cookies for Christmas or homemade chocolates on Easter will keep life sweet in more ways than one. We just make sure in our home that these celebrations are always on a Saturday so that the guidelines don’t become muddled and difficult to live by. Even birthday celebrations can be put off until the following Saturday.
Like all the other projects in this cooking course we stay far away from manufactured sweets and packaged junk foods. Our sweet recipes are homemade. We don’t eat sweets that are “unplanned” such as the sucker someone hands my child at the bank or the unnecessary packaged candies at a birthday party. Cake is enough at a party. The rest can be taken home and added to the basket or bowl of treats that your children collect to be used for some future date like a Cub Scout event or a Cinco de Mayo piñata. Jello is a light sweet for during the week and chocolate chips can store well for long periods of time for the occasional whole grain cookies and candies we make together, but sugary sweets are for Saturday only.