Healthier Alternatives to Sugar
Hello! My Tribe,
So we already know that cutting out sugar is one of the best moves you can make for your health, but if you’ve got a serious sweet tooth – like I have – then it’s a lot harder than it seems. Whether it’s a late night craving or a bit of workday stress, having a sweet tooth can be a struggle if you’re trying to keep a healthy diet. While a few treats here and there won’t completely derail your healthy eating efforts, they aren’t something you should have every day. If your need for sweet treats seems like it’s too much to overcome, consider swapping the sugar for one of these healthier alternatives. So today I’m going to list down some substitutes that you can have when you get the sweet craving, instead of indulging in wholesome dessert.
Most fruits have enough sugar to satisfy your cravings and are a lot healthier – especially if it’s organic. If you’ve got a serious craving, cut up some of your favourite fruits and make a healthy salad out of it and relish!
Frozen Banana or Banana Ice Cream
Frozen bananas are like eating a banana popsicle and are great for after your workout when you want to cool down and have a sweet craving. If you want to take it to the next level, though I wouldn’t recommend it so often, dip that banana in dark chocolate – 80% cacao or greater – which will pack in all the benefits from the delicious cocoa bean. You can also have a simple banana ice cream treat. All you need is one ingredient which is delicious and healthy and though it will add some calories, it will not hamper your health like refined sugar.
Dark chocolate as opposed to the usual sugar-laden milk-chocolates, if had in moderation can be very healthy. The secret is to get your chocolate dark. And when I say dark, I mean 80% dark or more cocoa. Though it’s not as sweet as your typical chocolate, it goes well with things which are a little sweet on their own like fruits.
Frozen Granola Bites
Granola is yummy! But you know what’s better than just your run-of-the-mill granola? A mix of granola and yogurt without a lot of added sugar. You can also use some dark chocolate to make it more indulgent.
Acai Berry Bowls
Made by the antioxidant filled superfood acai berry and covered in delicious fresh fruit, acai bowls look like the perfect snack when you need something sweet. They are high in fiber and low in cholesterol since it is plant based. They are also low in sodium. With fresh fruit toppings this treat also provide several other vitamins and minerals of their own. Acai bowls are one of my favourite delicious treats that can reduce sweet cravings. But remember, these should be enjoyed in moderation and not as an everyday meal.
Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie
Smoothies are our savior when it comes to health! Whether it’s an on-the-go meal or a sweet craving, smoothies can really do the trick. Blueberries are rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K, which help improve bone health and almond butter offers antioxidant action from Vitamin E and helps lower cholesterol. So both the ingredients are tasty as well as nutritious and are sweet enough to satisfy your sugar craving. Plus the protein from the almond butter will keep you feeling full for longer.
Healthy Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Strawberries + chocolate. Now who can resist that? Make sure you have more of strawberries and less of chocolate to reduce the calories. And also make sure you have dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. This is a healthy dessert since strawberries are packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and K, folate, potassium, manganese, and magnesium. They are low-calorie, fiber-rich fruits, which are abundant in antioxidants. So indulge in this treat guilt free.
Berry Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are high in iron, fibre and plant-based omega-3s. They don’t require cooking, and turn into a creamy dessert in no time. Some bright berries are just what you need to make this healthy dessert delicious.
It might not be possible to completely eliminate cravings for sugary foods, but you can control how you respond to them. Opting for healthy snacks, and incorporating lifestyle changes that will help minimise the cravings in the first place, are a great way to keep your diet on track in spite of your sweet tooth.
What are your favorite ways to satisfy your sweet tooth? I would love to know your options. If you liked this video, do leave your feedback in the comments box.
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