I always envy my friends who say they don’t have a sweet tooth. I’m not one of those people; I love sweet stuff. How about you? If you struggle with this on a regular basis just like me, opt for these simple and healthier substitutes the next time you start craving sugar…or chocolate…or donuts…!
It’s okay to indulge every once in a while. But if you can avoid high-sugar and processed treats altogether or pick something else, you’ll avoid sabotaging your fitness goals and keep your sweet tooth in check. These options are a bit healthier, because they have fewer calories and sugar or are nutrient-dense.
- Dark-chocolate-covered strawberries: There are lots of antioxidants and vitamins in this duo. Just watch the serving size, and you can enjoy this treat without all the guilt.
- Frozen grapes: Grapes pack a lot of water, which helps you feel fuller. And when you freeze them, they’re similar in sweetness and consistency to higher-sugar frozen pops.
- Frozen Greek yogurt and berries: Grab one-half to 1 cup of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and pair with a half-cup of chopped frozen berries. Stir into a thick paste and drop the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined plate in one-half teaspoon scoops. Freeze these sweet treats for a few hours and enjoy!
There are multiple options, especially if you get creative with fruit. Baked fruit and most frozen fruits are a natural choice to satisfy cravings and can be paired with protein-packed low-fat dairy options such as Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for awesome health benefits. Just be creative, and you’ll be able to master your sweet tooth in no time.