10-Minute Desserts for New Mothers

By Guest Blogger Eva Rodriguez-Marienchild

Eva is a health and spirituality communicator: an author, editor, translator, poet, artist and teacher. Eva’s specialty is helping folks on the cusp of life-affirming choices. At BeHappyMum, she is helping new moms to design their diverse new lives alongside their apps FitMama and PlayMama; to discover quick, delicious and healthy natural recipes. Eva imparts positive information via voice-overs and in print in both English and in Spanish. (Her books are available under Eva R.-Marienchild.)

What’s dinner (or lunch) without a fab dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth AND your renewed quest for a healthy new lifestyle – one that includes a slimmed down you? Is baby safely tucked away in his or her swing; in the crib or sleeping with Daddy? Then pull up a stool and arrange a few items on your kitchen counter for a couple of quick ‘n easy pièces de’ résistance which will soon head your list of quick ‘n easy delectables with which to top off a meal.

You’ll need:

  • Greek yogurt –plain – 2 cups
  • Stevia (sweetener)
  • Blueberries – ¼ cup
  • Coconut milk (Thai Kitchen brand, or another brand with no preservatives) – 1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon
  • Carrots –grated teaspoon
  • Ginger – grated 1/8 of a teaspoon
  • Wheat germ – 2 tablespoons

Combine Greek yogurt, coconut milk, sweetener like Stevia to taste to sweeten. Add blueberries, carrots and ginger.

You’ll need:

  • Lemon – 1
  • Coconut milk (Thai Kitchen brand, or another brand with no preservatives) no preservatives -1 tablespoon
  • Stevia/sweetener
  • Honeydew or cantaloupe
  • Blueberries – ¼ cup
  • Greek yogurt – plain – two cups
  • Wheat germ – 2 tablespoons

Combine Greek yogurt, coconut milk and stevia or sweetener to taste, to sweeten. Squeeze in and mix juice of one lemon to add zest and lemon taste. Add melons and blueberries. Sprinkle wheat germ. Serve.

You’ll need:

  • Whole nuts
  • Crumbled or slivered nuts
  • Apples, pear, plums, peaches or other fruits in season that you love.
  • Stevia or sweetener
  • Cinnamon
  • Greek or Regular Yogurt – Plain

OK, this one requires a smidgen of bake time but it’s worth it. Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Grab a baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Spread your favorite nuts – many Fitmums like whole pecans – on a parchment lined baking pan. Toast at 180 degrees Fahrenheit or 82.22 Celsius for 8-10 minutes. Turn off oven and allow to cool slightly . Slice fruits and place in mixing bowl. Add desired spices (e.g. cinnamon, ginger, etc.) and mix with sliced or crumbled nuts. Ladle into serving dishes and top with baked nut crumble.

Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and some cinnamon and sweetener to taste, if desired.

Health notes: You’ll notice we do not use either cream cheese or sugar in these recipes. It’s possible to achieve the texture of the cream cheese and the sweetness of sugar sans these unhealthy choices. You don’t need the saturated fats with no additional health benefits of cream cheese, nor do you need a compound (sugar) that will convert to fructose and glucose, give you a quick “energy rush” after which you’ll crash.

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Although sugar is the largest source of calories in the U.S., recent studies show that it not only negatively affects insulin levels and contributes to obesity and heart disease, but it also quite literally interferes with your brain signals…and slows down your thinking! After all this damage, those few minutes worth of “sweetness” you consumed will then proceed to add to your belly fat! Don’t forget the wear and tear on your teeth from sugar. Good reasons to say good riddance!

Think positively!

Enjoy your quick ‘n healthy desserts, knowing you’ll have a natural energy boost – one that comes from eating the right foods – without the crash: just what you need to tackle your super-effective 5-minute FitMum exercises!

Hope you enjoyed Eva’s Desserts for New Mothers!

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