So your diet chart is well chalked out. Oatmeal for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch, and a quinoa bowl loaded with vegetables for dinner. The entire day’s meal personifies a perfect picture of health until your craving for chocolate comes on so loud that you end up raiding your child’s snack bar. What a disaster!
Are you one of those who needs a sweet after every meal? For many out there, the treat needn’t even be fancy. Just something to indulge the sweet tooth!
Well! The truth of the matter is that anything that has the potential to satisfy your sweet tooth isn’t ever going to illustrate a healthy meal. Sugar is not only about calories. It soars your insulin levels that in turn result in excessive fat storage in the tissues.
Hey! Don’t lose heart as yet. You can fix the potential health damage and weight gain. Studies suggest high sugar foods when accompanied by fibre, protein or fat facilitate blockage of insulin response.
So here are some low sugar options that come with additional nutrients such as fibre or protein. Go ahead and indulge your sweet tooth without guilt.
1. Choco Popcorn
Top up natural popcorn with one tablespoon of melted peanut butter. You could use Nutella instead of peanut butter as well. Dust the popcorn with some cocoa powder and your crunchy sweet dish is ready.
2. Nutella Yoghurt Dip
Chocolate fondue is undoubtedly delectable, but we need to shift to a healthier option. Mix Greek yoghurt with Nutella. Try this healthy dip with fresh fruits. You may also want to explore the possibility of low-sugar cookies or crackers.
This alternative is sweet but the natural way. No added sugar. Also, this refreshing treat is perfect for the summers. All you need to do is puree watermelon or any other juicy fruit like pears, berries or peaches. Add some lime juice. Freeze and relish!
4. Frozen Chocolate Banana
Bananas are powerhouses of energy. They are rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals. So this treat can offer you an additional nutrient punch.
Peel and cut a banana into two halves. Put in the freezer till it solidifies. Remove and roll the halves in melted dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is a better choice than milk chocolate as the former is less processed and contains a lesser amount of sugar.
To further augment the flavour, one could sprinkle in some nuts or granola. Place the banana in the freezer again until the chocolate is well set.
5. Sweet Salt Combo
Feel like indulging in a salty, sweet treat? Explore the option of celery sticks and natural peanut butter.
Celery contains a high content of fibre, water, and minerals. However, if celery is not your thing, go for apple slices instead.
6. Chocolate Strawberries
What an amazing fusion! Dip strawberries in melted dark chocolate syrup. This delicacy is healthy because it’s mostly strawberry you are eating. Are you already drooling?
7. Waffle Treat
Remember to choose a whole wheat waffle. Instead of the syrup, sprinkle fresh fruits. This recipe makes a healthy and pretty filling treat.
8. Nice Cream
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this healthy homemade soft serve ice cream. Cut frozen banana into chunks. Blend with some cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa powder, and a teaspoon of almond butter. Your frozen dessert is ready. Enjoy!
9. Peanut Butter Balls
This delicacy contains protein and healthy fats. Mix ½ cup of peanut butter, 2/3 cup of protein powder, and 3 tablespoons of honey in a bowl. Now make small balls from this mixture. To enhance the flavour, toss them with flax seeds or dark chocolate chips. Cover with a foil and place in the refrigerator until solid.
10. Grilled Pineapple
Sprinkle pineapple wedges with cinnamon and clove. Grill the wedges. Serve warm or chilled. Try topping up the treat with low-fat vanilla Greek yoghurt. Add some lime for zest.
Research highlights one can gradually train the taste buds to crave for healthier foods such as fruits. This nutrient-packed snack contains natural sweetness. Opt for sweet fruits like grapes and pineapples. Save those sugary treats for special occasions.
For now, wait no more! Outsmart those sweet cravings the healthier way, without depriving yourself.