If you’re someone who craves something sweet after dinner – don’t worry you aren’t alone. We all know that whatever may satisfy out sweet tooth isn’t going to be super healthy for you. Though these snacks contain sugar – they are lower sugar options that offer something beneficial whether it be a superfood (like strawberries or grapes) or additional nutrients like fiber or protein. Here are 10 less guilty ways to indulge any sweet tooth 🙂
- Frozen Chocolate Banana. This is the perfect frozen sweet treat with some extra nutritional punch! Bananas are a great source of Vitamin C and B6 and are also packed with fiber and potassium. Peel a banana and freeze it. Once solid, take out and roll in melted DARK chocolate, while the chocolate is still melty, roll in whichever crunchhy topping you like – nuts or granola all work well. Return to freezer until the chocolate is set (at least an hour)!
- Chocolate- Dipped Strawberry. Dip and let it set in the fridge until the chocolate coating has hardened 🙂 YUM!
- Yogurt Parfait. Top 1 cup Greek yoghurt (plain or vanilla) with your choice of toppings: crumbled graham crackers or granola, nuts, and fruit are all healthy choices. Add some shaved chocolate if you must!
- Fresh Fruit. Can’t get more simple than this. Any piece of fresh fruit should offer enough natural sugar to fill those cravings. Plus, it’s definitely the healthiest choice and you get added nutrients and fiber!
- Dark Chocolate. Sorry, friends—not any old chocolate bar will send you to healthful heaven. But dark chocolate (think more than 70 percent cacao), which lacks all the added fat and sugar of classic milk chocolate, can actually be a healthy treat in moderation. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
- Smoothie. It’s easy to find an easy, healthy smoothie recipe for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
- Mocha Coffee. This is the perfect way to get a kick of caffeine and a serving of dark chocolate all at once. Opt for low-fat milk and stick to a small size to keep the calorie count low
- Cereal and Milk. You can make this one as healthy or unhealthy as you like. Opt for a high-fiber, whole-grain cereal if you’re going the healthy route and sweeten with a bit of honey or cinnamon. Of course, if you feel like going the “naughtier” route, there’s always chocolate coco pop chex.
- Sorbet. Especially during warmer months, keeping a pint of healthy homemade sorbet on hand is the perfect way to fill sugar cravings without overdoing it on the white stuff.
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate Pretzels. A little salty sweet combo can cure those sugary cravings. Microwave 1 square of dark chocolate and 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter until melted, and dip 1 large or 10 mini pretzel rods.
There you have it! No more excuses after these 10 delicious options. Now its your turn to try!