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!
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!
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.
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
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