Substitutions aren’t always solutions
It can be fun to find substitutions for common cooking and baking ingredients. It can be a challenge and a culinary feat to master the removal of oil, salt and sugar. It can also be a trap for excusing a behavior.
If you find yourself deep in thought about how to make cupcakes healthy, it could be possible that there is a need to examine the desire or need for the cupcake.
Substitutions can be fun.
Are you trying to fit more veggies into your eating but want to enjoy them more? Are you trying to cheat your own system and commitments? Do you even have a reason or excuse to make 3 dozen kale muffins?
If you’re searching for adventure in the kitchen and are trying on something new, so be it. Pulverize that kale (cruciferous veggies release their nutrients the more they are crushed and chewed) and purée those dates and go for the most nutritious confection you can muster. It’ll be fun and nutritious and the challenge will be worth it.
If you’re searching for a ‘treat’ that will replace your old favorite, and will be a guilt free way to indulge, it’s time to pump the breaks. If you want a sweet, have a sweet. Plan it, put it on your later list and make it happen with intent. If you feel like you need a ‘treat’ it may be time to explore that. Why are you using food as a treat? Why do you feel like you need it? And, last but not ever least, guilt. If you’re looking for a guilt-free option it’s time to discover why there is guilt attached to food in the first place. Guilt insinuates wrong doing. There is nothing wrong about eating anything. It is merely a choice.
The take away. Don’t make yourself wrong for wanting to make kale cookies. But, don’t also make yourself wrong for wanting a plain ‘ole cookie cookie. Neither is right or wrong, they are just choices and you are you.
Make that batch of zucchini double date sweetened cacao chip muffins. Go ahead. Just be sure you’re making them because you want all that fiber and goodness and not because you’re trying to fill an emotional void left by feelings you haven’t inspected.