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Healthy Ways To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth + Recipe!

By Megan Roosevelt, Registered and Licensed Dietitian

Founder of healthygrocerygirl.com and the Healthy Grocery Girl Nutrition Plan

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We have all been there, suddenly all you can think about is something sweet that will satisfy your craving. However, if you’re like me, you are also conscious of choosing quality foods that nourish and care for your body. So if you’re craving something sweet do you ignore it and deprive yourself? Deprivation and starvation is never apart of a healthy lifestyle. Instead, choose healthier alternatives. As a Registered Dietitian, here are my suggestions for what to enjoy when you’re craving something sweet.

1.    Dark Chocolate

Although Dark Chocolate typically has a bitter taste rather than a sweet taste, it often is the decadent dessert fix we are looking for. Cacao is also rich in iron, vitamins and minerals! Look for brands that are 70% cacao or higher. The higher the percentage of chocolate the more real cacao the chocolate bar contains, and therefore the healthier it is.

2.    Treats Made With Real Ingredients

Try my Apricot Coconut Bites recipe! This recipe is easy to make and truly delicious. You will satisfy your sweet tooth while nourishing your body with real food ingredients. It doesn’t get much better than that! See the full recipe below.

3.    Frozen Grapes

I love frozen fruit, and they make for a great treat! Freeze grapes and enjoy!

4.    Smoothie

A refreshing fruit and veggie smoothie will be sweet tasting as well as hydrating and packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

5.    Baked Apple

Bake an apple with a little coconut oil, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s surprising how decadent and delicious this tastes. Plus apples also contain vitamin C and fiber!

6. Trail-Mix with Dark Chocolate Chips

Make your own trail-mix to avoid artificial colors, artificial ingredients and preservatives. Try a trail-mix combo of almonds, walnuts and dark chocolate chips. Keep the serving around ¼- ½ cup.

7. Fresh Fruit

Fresh fruit is the ultimate fast food and sweet treat! A bowl of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are great and contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Berries are also a low-sugar and low-glycemic fruit, and so you can enjoy more without any guilt!

8. Chocolate Covered Fresh Fruit

Chocolate covered fresh fruit is a better choice than chocolate covered dried fruit because whole fresh fruit, such as strawberries, contain water. Water dense foods help our body feel full. Chocolate covered strawberries are no longer just for Valentine’s Day!

imageApricot Coconut Bites

Makes 10-12 Bites

These bites are sweet enough to be dessert, yet healthy enough to be apart of breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack! Apricot Coconut Bites require no cooking, are dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, plant-based and full of yum! Try them for yourself, I know you’ll fall in love.

Ingredients:

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 cup gluten-free oats

1 tablespoon of organic unrefined coconut oil

1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup *optional!

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a food processor or high-speed blender pulse until evenly combined and a sticky batter is formed. Roll and press into 1/2-inch size balls & place on a plate or in a Tupperware, cover & let set in the freezer for 1 hour. Enjoy!

*Always buy organic ingredients when possible

This Recipe Is:

  • Vegan
  • Plant-based
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Delicious

For more recipes, healthy lifestyle tips, and information on transitioning towards a plant-based diet, visit Megan’s website www.healthygrocerygirl.com and check out the Healthy Grocery Girl Nutrition Plan! Available at http://healthygrocerygirl.com/nutrition-plan/

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As I yawn!…..

I don’t know about you, but Fall is in the Seattle air. The days are getting shorter and the weather is turning quickly. I think it literally rained for at least 12 straight hours yesterday! But to my avail, the sun is out and I am now happy haha.

There are a list of reasons why I love this time a year:

1. Jackets (I try to buy at least one every year – usually Patagonia, North Face, Mountain Hardware, etc.)

2. I get to drink hot coffee and not feel weird about it. Hot coffee and 85 usually yields frowns…

3. I can order Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes and Chai Tea lattes (yes I know those can be ordered whenever haha)

4. I get to go to the pumpkin patch with Des

5. I love celebrating all the Fall/Winter Holidays!

The list goes on. But I would have to say the best thing about the Fall is the smells. I am a smell guy. I don’t know why. No idea. But, I love how crisp the air is. Did I mention I get to wear flannels too? I am sure you will see my Instagram posts of the same view everyday on the lake, but notice the trees changing. Aside from the NE, it’s the best place to be to see the changing leaves.

Am I way off here or can you relate? Let me know!

I hope you are all having a great week so far and have amazing plans for the weekend. I will be taking part in the Tough Mudder Seattle this weekend! Very exciting.

Talk to you all soon…7 days from now.

Chris

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