Giving up sweets can be one of the hardest things to do when you try to clean up your diet, especially if you have a big sweet tooth. Let me come to the rescue by first saying that you don’t need to give them up completely. As I always say, moderation is key. However, when you hear “give up sweets” what it really means is to cut out excess processed sugars. Wanna know the easiest way to do this? Keep reading.
If you’re serious about making these changes in your life, you have to realize that sacrifices are going to have to be made. You don’t have to say goodbye forever, but cutting back is a must. Now that you’ve accepted that, it’s time to get creative. Start by thinking about your favorite dessert. Then start researching healthy substitutions for ingredients in those desserts. For example: substituting avocado in place of mayo, a banana in place of eggs, applesauce instead of butter, greek yogurt in place of sour cream, etc. You can also easily search for a healthy version your favorite dessert and I’m sure a plethora of recipes will appear. Pinterest is my go-to for ideas. If you find it too hard to cut the sugar cold turkey, try these healthy alternatives and wean yourself off. Your body will eventually stop craving the foods you’re having a hard time giving up.
Healthy Desserts For Your Sweet Tooth
- Fruit + Brownie Batter Hummus. Yep, I said hummus. I found this in my local grocery store and was intrigued so I decided to give it a shot. They have 2 other flavors that I am excited to try too; Vanilla bean and Orange Cream. At 80 calories for 2 Tbsp it is less than half of the calories in peanut butter and still delivers that decadent chocolate flavor with the natural sweetness from the fruit.
- Avocado Brownies. Using avocados with cocoa powder and honey makes for an all natural healthy alternative to traditional brownies.
- “Healthy Ice cream.” You can get a fairly cheap ice cream maker* or you can just start with frozen bananas as a base, an add desired ingredients. Peanut butter, cocoa powder, fruit, unsweetened coconut flakes… whatever your heart desires.
- Fruit nachos. Cut an apple into slices and drizzle with some PB2, dark chocolate chips and unsweetened coconut flakes. Mmmm…
- Chocolate peanut butter banana bites. This snack is alllll over Pinterest. Slice a banana, spread some peanut butter in between 2 slices and make a little sandwich. Melt some dark chocolate to coat the sandwiches and you have a delicious snack.
There are countless possibilities that you could come up with from these standard ideas, just customize them to your liking.
I know this can be a hard habit to kick, but trust me. Stay consistent with your dietary changes and it will pay off.
What kind of healthy snacks do you like to make to satisfy your sweet tooth?5