EMBRACE YOUR PERI-MENOPAUSAL, NO-REASON-AT-ALL-THAT-YOU-KNOW-OF-WHO-NEEDS-A-REASON SWEET-TOOTH. (It's the one side effect we can enjoy. Really.)
It sucks getting older. Especially for women. Actually, from a physical standpoint, it sucks to be female from the time we reach puberty. But at least we kind of know what to expect from our bodies every month until we cease to be in our child-bearing years. For some women, perimenopause can be like having your period every day, minus the bleeding.
Interestingly, one side effect that I have now that I also had while I was pregnant was a heightened sweet tooth. I loved my sweet tooth while I was pregnant. I gave into it happily and often, with no guilt. One of my children is part Dove Bar, and one is part Ice Cream Sandwich. I do have a third child, but I didn’t have a particular favorite treat with him, so he’s part Everything Sweet.
I’m going against everyone here and saying, EMBRACE YOUR PERI-MENOPAUSAL, POST-MENOPAUSAL, NO-REASON-AT-ALL-THAT-YOU-KNOW-OF-WHO-NEEDS-A-REASON SWEET-TOOTH. It’s the one side-effect we can enjoy. If you suffer from hot flashes that leave you with a face full of sweat, you can’t really enjoy pouring an ice-cold bucket of water over your head. But if you want a piece of cake and you eat a piece of cake, you’re going to enjoy eating said piece of cake.
It’s not going to kill you. It won’t even make you fat, as long as you don’t devour the entire cake in one sitting or day. Exercise a bit. Take a walk. Don’t eat anything to excess. And find really good-tasting recipes that aren’t ridiculously high in fat and sugar.
Here’s a delicious Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe that ticks all the boxes of peri-menopause. (Mainly, the “I want something sweet and I want it NOW!” box. It’s low on the bad stuff, and is made in the MICROWAVE! It takes about 5 minutes to prepare and microwaves in 5 to 7 minutes, with only 10 minutes cooling time after. Which means you get to eat it warm. Which is comforting. And it makes your house smell great.
Sour Cream Coffee Cake for the Microwave
½ cup sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup white whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup light sour cream
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons chopped nuts (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla in a 1 ½-quart bowl. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, for 2 minutes. Beat in flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt alternately with sour cream on low speed.
Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl.
Spread ½ of the batter in an 8-inch round baking dish that’s been greased with butter. Sprinkle the batter with half the cinnamon mixture. Repeat with the rest of the batter and cinnamon mixture. Microwave uncovered on high (100%) powder until the top springs back when touched lightly, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes on heatproof surface (do not use rack). Dig right in!
Oh, and the next time someone complains about feeling guilty for eating something sweet? Share this. All will be well.