Scientists disagree about whether we can detect six different tastes on our tongue or not. But, they do agree that we can detect at least five: sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami. At one time, it was believed that different sections of the tongue tasted different sensations. However, science has proven that all regions of the tongue are responsible for each taste, but some regions might be more sensitive to some sensations than others.
Having sweet foods in today’s society is presented as a bad thing. Eating dessert is equated to not having self-control or that one is being “bad”. But, as we see from the way our tongue was designed, sweets have a place in our diets, just as
salty and sour foods do. It’s not having dessert that is the problem, it’s the type of dessert.
“Sugar both drives fat storage and makes the brain think it is hungry, setting up a “vicious cycle,” according to Robert Lustig MD, a UCSF pediatric neuroendocrinologist. When we eat refined sugars our bodies want to keep eating, so we eat more and more sugar which leads to obesity, insulin resistance, fat storage in the liver and other issues. However, according to Lustig, “Fruit is fine…The fiber in whole fruit contributes to a sense of fullness.” When we eat dessert that is full of whole foods, including fruit, then eating dessert can actually be good for us. And we can let go of guilt and enjoy what we eat.
When I get a craving for something sweet, I want it fulfilled now. I have been spotted leaving the house late at night to buy some fruit for a crisp. Some days though, I just don’t feel like baking anything. I have to admit, in general, I am very lazy when it comes to food. If I can’t get it made in 30 minutes or less, I don’t want to do it. If my husband asks me to make him a cake on Monday, I will promise to make it all week, but won’t get to it until Sunday. And even then, it was only because he bugged me into doing it.
The wonderful thing about this yogurt is that it can be done in five minutes. And it’s healthy enough to eat it for breakfast, brunch, snack, lunch, linner, dinner, dessert, midnight snack, and whatever other terms that may exist for our eating schedules. You can eat it alone or as a fruit dip. I have even used it in place of ice cream or whipped cream on pies. It is that good.
If the thought of peanut butter and yogurt together make you cringe, humor me for a minute (or five) and try it. It really is good. Please don’t try it if you have a peanut allergy though. That will not change, no matter how good this is.
Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Yogurt
You will need:
1 cup unsweetened yogurt
1 Tablespoon of unsweetened old fashioned peanut butter (either smooth or crunchy)
1 Tablespoon of date paste
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy.
Free free to add walnuts, chocolate chips, fruit or whatever else suits your fancy.
For instructions on how to make a date paste, please go to the article, My Go-To Sweetener: Date Paste
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