Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about 3 vegan desserts that boost metabolism. If you are looking for a new way to boost your metabolism, try indulging in a healthy and delicious vegan dessert. They can go a long way in revving up your metabolism and supporting your weight loss goals. Desserts are too often put in the “do not eat” category when it comes to healthy eating or weight loss. However, completely denying your sweet tooth can backfire and cause you to overindulge in something else. You are not a robot; don’t be so be hard on yourself and have one of these sweet vegan desserts.
Sweet Energy Balls
Energy balls, sometimes called protein balls, are an excellent way of packing lots of energizing nutrients into tiny bite-sized snacks. Energy balls are easy to make, store, and take on the go for an after-meal dessert or anytime snack. Energy balls are vegan and not only boost metabolism but are also packed with an array of health benefits for you, your family and your friends to enjoy. Energy ball recipes abound on the internet and can include anything from peanut butter and chocolate chip to more elaborate varieties like apple pie and apricot coconut.
Chia pudding is one vegan dessert you just have to try. The chia seeds pack a ton of fiber as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. You can mix in a layer of delicious and fresh berries for beneficial antioxidants or bananas for even more fiber and a healthy dose of potassium. Using freshly squeezed orange juice can provide you some healthy Vitamin C, too.
Banana Ice Cream
Bananas are great sources of resistant starch or RS. This is a healthy carbohydrate that helps with feelings of satiety and helps boost your metabolism. Bananas are also loaded with Vitamin B6, which supports the nervous system and the brain. Vitamin B6 is also responsible for supporting the production of the neurotransmitters GABA, dopamine, and serotonin. Bananas also provide about 35% of your daily calcium needs.
Vegan desserts that boost metabolism are becoming increasingly popular. It often takes just a few minutes online to find a delicious, healthy recipe you can prepare for you and your family to enjoy. Don’t give up dessert; go vegan!
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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