June 30, 2022•311 words
Disclaimer: This post was written with the consent of my wife. She occasionally tries these recipes.
I was recently shown a recipe for a 'No flour, No sugar, No-bake, gluten-free brownies' on YouTube. I was shocked to the core. It looked nothing like a brownie but the video had a million views. The so call nutrition/health influencer threw the 128-year old brownie recipe out of the window along with the key ingredients that are required to make a brownie - like chocolate, butter, eggs, and flour.
It is like taking a tourist who wants to see Chennai to some other place and telling him "This is Chennai without the marina beach, temples, libraries, and central station". Wouldn't the guy think you're scamming him? He definitely will.
But, people don't think the same about these recipes. They try this at home and even if it didn't taste good (90% they don't taste so good), they eat it anyway in the name of health. There is even a term for it. 'Guilt-free'
A lot of these social media influencers target women when it comes to these guilt-free recipes. Because women put a lot of effort into managing their weight and being healthy (Men find new ways to eat unhealthy things). And, the 'guilt-free" eating is kind of adding more stress on them.
They were healthy and happy when they had occasional cups of ice cream, brownie, or cinnamon rolls. But, now they're compromising their cravings with no-bake, no-sugar, no-chocolate, recipes.
There are a ton of ways to be healthy - cut calories, eat more protein, exercise, yoga, and a lot more. Cutting down on your comfort food isn't the answer. There's nothing to be guilty about. Spend that few extra calories for your happiness. Beat that sweet craving and go back to being healthy.
Life is short anyway. So, go have that brownie