Do you low-carb and crave desserts?

Perfect dessert for low carb lifestyle in Hoboken, NJ

Almost every single day of the week – acquaintances in Hoboken who haven’t seen me in a while are astounded at my profound and rapid improvement in my weight and appearance (thanks for the compliments, everyone!)

The evidence, along with the periodic updates to the low carb life section here on Hoboken411 naturally results in frequent conversations about how did you do it?” Of course I try to sum up the secrets to my success in the most digestible and easy to understand formats.

But one question that comes up often is “sweets.” It’s apparent that a large number of residents have a penchant for sweet things, especially desserts.

My usual response is that once you go low-carb, “snacking” and “cravings” are almost eliminated from your life (eating becomes more of an after-thought, a primal instinct).

However, with the help of my friends Mike & Kristie from The Body Transformation Experiment – I discovered a way not only to pretty much eat a meal – but also cover your desire for a dessert-like dish if needed!

Let me introduce you to my friends Ricotta Cheese and Berries.

Ricotta Cheese and Berries perfect low carb dessert in Hoboken NJ - Do you low-carb and crave desserts?

Ricotta Cheese & Berries are perfect low-carb treats!

Ricotta Cheese is a wonderful byproduct of Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

A lovely texture, rich taste, and a low-carb essential. Yes – it’s moderate in fat & protein, but low in carbohydrates.

Want your dessert? Simply take a handful of low-carb berries (blackberries, blueberries or raspberries) and mix them with a good Ricotta Cheese (Lisa’s Deli on 9th St. has some of the best!) But even Polly-O or Biazzo work too. Just be sure to get the full-fat ones.

I want to remind anyone considering starting a low-carb life, that amazing changes will happen to your dietary needs.

If you make it past the “light-headed” stage of the transformation (this is where many people “fail” in their attempts to go low carb), your old desires to snack on anything (especially sweet items) will almost disappear. I seriously have a massive wall of “snacks” I bought to prepare myself to this new life, and I realize now that snacking is a thing of the past.

But it happens – and what you learn is that a late night snack in the low carb world MUST be high in fat, and low in protein and carbs. Besides the wonderful Macadamia Nut, Ricotta Cheese & Berries also does a great job of satiating you without spiking your blood sugar into a disastrous negative health spiral.

411 tip: Just be careful about how much you use. This is naturally filling, and should be used sparingly. It will fill you up fast as hell. Eat it slowly and savor it. Some friends have suggested using Stevia or Xylitol to add so-called “natural” sweetness you used to crave to it, but I recommend against it. I had a bowl last night – and I was amazed that I considered that a “sweet,” because if I ate the identical dish a year ago, I’d spit it out saying it was bland and boring. But today it’s totally different. Best bet is to get “un-used-to” anything sweet. In the long run, it’s just not good for you!

Are you ready to go low-carb yet?

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Thursday, May 3, 2012 3:20 pm

If you are a chocoholic like me, you’ll love to know that Lindt 90% dark chocolate bars only have 1.75g net carbs per square and 1.25g fiber. I will often pair a square with some almonds or walnuts for a very healthy low carb snack.

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Friday, May 4, 2012 3:22 pm

90% or high % dark chocolate is a super food too!
Berries are great too[quote comment=”215380″]If you are a chocoholic like me, you’ll love to know that Lindt 90% dark chocolate bars only have 1.75g net carbs per square and 1.25g fiber. I will often pair a square with some almonds or walnuts for a very healthy low carb snack. [/quote]

Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:40 am

After reading all the info about low carbs I figured what could it hurt – let me put it to the test. Every year I give up sweets for Lent. Every year I gain weight during Lent because I substitute a ton of pastas and other types of carbs for the sweets. This year I gave up carbs instead of just sweets. Without breaking a sweat and without doing anything else, I dropped 17 pounds. Easter week I went back to baking when the relatives arrived, and immediately felt sluggish, and very quickly put 5 pounds back on within the week. As soon as my guests left (with all the leftovers) I went back to low carb eating and promptly re-lost the weight. My elderly mother moved in with me – she also lost weight, much to her cardiologist’s delight. We have been reading the “Life Without Bread” book, as you recommended, and it is a heck of an eye-opener! It’s incredible how little we really know about the foods we eat and the effect they have on our bodies.

My next step is to borrow Oscar the Mascot for some long walks around Hoboken! Thanks 411!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:40 pm

Always have ricotta in the fridge. My tip is to shy away from buying the bigger sizes just because they’re a better value per ounce. You usually end up throwing some out as it can go bad. Buying smaller containers more often you’ll have fresher cheese and less waste.

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Angry Bird
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3:23 pm

Yum, that looks like a great combo! Also while I am commenting on a low carb story (which I rarely do) I just want to commend Hoboken411 for sharing his tips with everyone! It’s truly a nice thing to do.

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