It’s no secret that I am a sucker for treats, especially baked goods – I am looking at you Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies. They have always been my weakness, and for a long time I would treat them like a “forbidden” food. I would go months – literally, without eating any treats. It was no fun, and when I would finally “allow” myself a treat, I would binge; like eat 5 huge cookies in one sitting. I finally wised up, and realized this was not a lifestyle I wanted to maintain, and I started creating my own treats made with healthy wholesome ingredients. Now I don’t have to worry about “forbidden” foods, and can enjoy a slice of my decadent Chocolate Coconut Truffle Pie and not feel guilty about it.
Now with that being said… a “healthy” treat is still a treat. It shouldn’t be replacing any meals (although, Puffed Millet Treats are tempting first thing in the morning). It also doesn’t mean that extra servings “don’t count.” Unfortunately, we still have to eat our healthy treats in moderation, and portion control still matters. As I like to tell my 5 year old – you have to eat your vegetables before you can have a treat. It is true with adults, especially if you are working toward weight loss goals.
I had to learn this the hard way. When I first started taking processed foods out of my diet, I got really creative with all sorts of yummy goodies. They tasted great, and they were certainly better for me than other baked goods…but they also weren’t helping out my weight loss goals. Luckily I learned this really fast, and started treating Dark Chocolate Flourless Fudge Brownies like they should be treated, and only had them every once in awhile (instead of 3 of them before bed every night :).
In conclusion, if you have a night where you eat half the batch of Dark Chocolate Pecan Treats, don’t beat yourself up – it happens – I’ve done it (more than I would like to admit). Just make sure you aren’t eating half the batch every night – that might not render the results you are looking for. Enjoy a treat every once in awhile, it’s what makes life fun, and it is possible to do that and maintain a healthy weight, it’s just important to remember to make your treat a healthy indulgences and not a nightly sugar binge :).