If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth but are looking for a refined sugar free healthy way to end the meal, look no further! A little indulgence here and there doesn’t hurt but you can easily make healthy desserts that will not only satisfy any sugar cravings, but also leave you feeling great and refreshed. This mango and raspberry pudding is the perfect recipe you should turn to when you want something sweet, but don’t want to OD on refined sugar.
What about fructose?
Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a monosaccharide – meaning it contains one sugar group and cannot be broken down further. Depending on what type of food it is coming from, each subtype of carbohydrates have different effects on the body depending on its structure. For example, fruit and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) both contain fructose but how we process them are entirely different. Fruit contains added nutrients such as fibre, vitamins and minerals which can compliment its digestion and absorption whereas HFCS JUST contains fructose.
Hundreds of years ago, we consumed a moderate intake of fructose as it was only provided as part of a whole food. However, as the food industry introduced refined fructose from sources such as corns, our fructose consumption has soared. Eating too much fructose can be harmful and with the introduction of ‘5 a-day’ or the now recommended ’10 a-day’, often what we see is people mistaking this for meaning ‘eat more fruit’. My advice to you is to up your intake of veggies, not necessarily fruit. If you are aiming for the 10 a-day (which I recommend) then 4 portions of fruit is adequate!
Prep: 10 minutes
1/2 cup raspberries
2 tsp coconut yogurt
3 tbsp cashew milk
2 tbsp blueberries
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp coconut flakes
Blend the banana, mango, 1/2 the raspberries, coconut yogurt and cashew milk in a food processor
Sprinkle the blueberries, remaining raspberries, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes on top