Did you know that sugar in sweet foods stimulates a reflex which expands the stomach? Let these 13 awesome sweet treats to release your stomach!
Have you ever experienced this?
You feel so full after a big meal as if you have filled your stomach, your esophagus, up to your throat with food. There’s absolutely no room left and you secretly regret eating the last couple bites.
Then, a ridiculously delicious looking key lime pie or a cheese cake was placed in front of you as the perfect ending to the meal which we call “feast”. You were laying back on your chair with both of your hands on your stomach moaning, “I am done. I am so full!”
But your eyes betrayed you. Your eyes were completely locked on the dessert plate. Next minute, you raised your fork.
Sounds familiar, right? I have done the exact same thing for…God knows how many times. It’s HUMAN NATURE. Don’t you agree?
Research indicates that the sugar in sweet foods stimulates a reflex which expands the stomach.
It can decrease the pressure on the stomach and reduce the sensation of being full. A sweet dessert allows the stomach to make room for more food.
There is an informative scientific explanation behind this magical phenomenon.
The secret is to eat a little bit dessert after consuming a large meal. Let your stomach relax and expand so that you will feel less full.
Makes sense? All right then. Let’s be prepared.
Here comes to 13 awesome sweet treats to help relax your stomach! I have personally tried all of them. They are absolutely worth your time! You know me, there will be adjustments here and there, but your preferences come to the first! Now, make them and go enjoy your feast with your family and friends!
#1. Carrot Cake | Recipe Link
This delicious carrot cake can be presented in three ways. You can use a 9×13 inch baking dish as the recipe states. Spread the frosting on top after getting the entire cake out. During the Mexico Entrepreneur Retreat, time was limited, equipments were limited, whereas those entrepreneurs‘ appetite was not. I decided to go for this easiest and fastest way. It still looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Most importantly, people raved to it.
The second way of making this cake is to form into cupcakes and decrease the baking time to 18-20 minutes. I personally haven’t tried this way but based on the reviews, people love it.
Say if you do want to make things fancy. Then prepare 2 9-inch cake pans and make a double-layered carrot cake and decorate it with your creativity. You might want to double the frosting in this case. Speaking of which, I highly recommend that you make the frosting according to the recipe. It’s so good!
What I did differently:
- Substituted white sugar with brown sugar and decreased amount to 1 cup.
- Used 1/2 cup oil and 1/2 cup apple sauce. If you don’t have apple sauce, make your own. Cut two peeled median apples in pieces and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the apples are very soft. Blend well. That’s what I did in Mexico.
- Chopped whatever nuts I had at the moment instead of walnuts only. I have tried with pecans mixed with almonds, walnuts with almonds. Whatever nuts you want to mix, it can’t go wrong!
#2. Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle | Recipe Link
This is one of my favorite homemade desserts. I once made it for a potluck pool party on a beautiful day. Of course, people loved it! It’s cheesy, sweet, cold and full of fresh strawberries. Great for a crowd!
The recipe is absolutely a keeper. I do have an advice. You can safely omit the sugar from this recipe. It’s not necessary at all!
#3. Strawberry Bread | Recipe Link
This Strawberry Bread is freaking delicious! Did you know that you can substitute the strawberry with banana to successfully turn it into a Banana Bread? Go ahead to fold some chocolate chips if you want. That’s what we did at the retreat in Mexico.
I suggest you give both strawberry and banana a try. I love both! Again, regarding nuts, I have had enough practice to say that do whatever! In this case, I used pecans and walnuts together.
#4. Strawberry Strawberry Pie | Recipe Link
Why double Strawberry? Go inside and find out. This pie is Easy.Juicy.Delish!
Make your own pie crust or use a pre-made one if you are in a rush. Strawberries are just so lovely!
#5. Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs | Recipe Link
Well, we just went through a nice strawberry section. Let’s move on to a chocolate section now! Are you excited? I AM! I am going to start with these cute Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs!
This recipe calls for 4 cups of powdered sugar. Instead of using it all, I gradually added the sugar and stopped at the point when the peanut butter filling could be shaped into eggs. The sweetness was perfect to me. Highly recommend you try these sweeties!
#6. “Whatever Floats Your Boat” Brownies | Recipe Link
Another great dessert that I selectively made for the group in Mexico and received absolutely positive feedback!
I love the fact that this recipe allows you to fold whatever you prefer to your brownies with a list of options. I went for chocolate chips and raisins. The result was spectacular!
Strongly recommend to enjoy this with vanilla ice cream. Just be careful because this is a very “dangerous” recipe to have as it’s just simply irresistible.
#7. Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies | Recipe Link
Have you ever put vegetables in your cookies? If no, you are missing out! Here is your chance. Chocolate chips with zucchini dices is surprisingly a great combination. I didn’t know either until I tried this recipe.
Didn’t change a thing. If you come up with a different version that you think is good. Please shoot me an email. I would love to try your way! 🙂
#8. Nutella Mousse | Recipe Link
You won’t believe how easy this mousse recipe is and how good it tastes until you actually make it! I was shockingly surprised!
The recipe calls for an electric mixer. If you don’t have one (me neither), a blender or food processor could be your option. Just do not over blend it. Enjoy!
#9. Chocolate Mousse | Recipe Link
Not having Nutella in hand doesn’t mean that you can’t make jaw-dropping chocolate mousse. By melting some chocolate chips in your microwave (it’s faster), you have a solid foundation to make this silky Chocolate Mousse. Just keep in mind that it’s very rich, smooth, and delicious!
#10. Triple Threat Oatmeal Bar | Recipe Link
This is an amazing snack to have at home and on the go. Healthy is the keyword for this one!
#11. Vegan Golden Vanilla Cupcakes | Recipe Link
In my opinion, cupcakes are probably the cutest baked goodies in the world. These Vegan Golden Vanilla Cupcakes can feed your eyes as well as please your sweet teeth in every shape of form.
#12. Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches | Recipe Link
Last but not least, ice cream time!!! Why don’t you pick your favorite flavor and sandwich them with Wafer Chocolate Cookies? It’s difficult to say no to mini stuff. It’s impossible not to adore these Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches.
#13. Ben & Jerry’s Fresh Georgia Peach Ice Cream | Recipe Link
I had always wanted an ice cream maker. This peach ice cream recipe helped confirm that getting one was absolutely the right thing to do! My life is not the same anymore.
Here you have it! 13 Awesome Sweet Treats to please your sweet teeth and relax your stomach after enjoying lots of amazing main dishes at home. Happy cooking! Cheers!