How I Treat Myself, LA Food Finds

August 31, 2015
By: Kimberly C.

Cupcakes and candy and chocolate, oh my! What’s a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free LA girl to do when these sneaky cravings creep up? Luckily, I live in one of the most health conscious, foodie cities and have endless healthy options to chose from when I need a little cheat treat. Here is what I go for when craving any of the following…

  • Ice Cream — Kippy’s organic, non-dairy ice cream shop is so special and decadent, I never feel like I’m missing anything when dessert-ing here. Their ice cream is made with raw and organic coconut cream, organic fresh fruit, and raw unheated organic honey. Top it off with superfoods like goji berries, cacao nibs or himalayan pink salt and your taste buds will marvel.
  • Chocolate — Aloha Superfood Chocolate is vegan, 100% organic and sweetened only with mineral-rich coconut sugar. Enjoy this indulgence knowing you are receiving the antioxidants of the fair-trade cacao as well as the added greens powder. You can purchase it online at aloha.com
  • Fast Food — I go to Burger Lounge and order a grass-fed patty, protein style. Keep it simple, so skip the ketchup to avoid added sugar, but add some grilled onions for sweetness. This is sure to satisfy your junk-food craving. Hold the cheese please.
  • Cake — Sweet Laurel Bakery, this one just takes the cake! With just a few simple, quality ingredients, all of their treats are paleo and some are vegan and raw as well. Food is often associated with celebrations and social hours so it is important to have a healthy go-to for these occasions so you never have to feel like you’re missing out.
  • Milkshakes – The Chunky Monkey Smoothie at Juice Crafters is my saving grace. Sure, it doesn’t have any milk, but I don’t care what anyone says, it’s a milkshake. Just try it. Trust me.
  • Soda — Alfred Coffee serves Kombucha on tap that, when drank over ice and through a straw, creates the perfect sweet and fizzy refreshment. With plenty of gut-health benefits, I use this drink as a satisfying treat on a hot summer day.
  • Pancakes — Breakfast in bed is a special ritual that should be honored with the most decadent of pancakes. Molly’s recipe for almond poppyseed muffins is just as delicious in pancake form, drizzled with some quality maple syrup or raspberry preserve.

Part of maintaining a wellness lifestyle is knowing that there is a time and a place to indulge and, when I do, I like to have healthy alternatives to rely on.

*Note: While these junk-food alternatives are all free from The Big-3 (gluten, dairy and sugar), that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are healthy or nutritious for you. These treats should never replace a balanced meal, but instead, can be strategically enjoyed to satisfy a craving or celebrate something special.

Do you have a go-to healthy alternative to satisfy an unhealthy craving? Tell me about it in the comments section below.

Be well,

Kimberly

Photos:

sweetlaurel.com