4 Healthy Ways To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth
4 Healthy Ways To Satisfy A Sweet Tooth
Sometimes when you are trying to eat healthily, it can be really difficult to fight sweet cravings!
While I don’t believe we should restrict ourselves of anything in life (moderation is key!), I understand that when you are trying to choose healthier options, sometimes it can be difficult to do so when it comes to sweet food.
That’s why in this blog I’m going to offer some tips for those ladies out there with a sweet tooth!
How to fight sweet cravings
As you probably know by now, eating refined sugar can have a negative impact on your body and health.
If you are used to eating a lot of refined sugar, then it may not be easy going cold turkey once you start trying to be healthier!
However, if you work on decreasing the overall amount of added sugar you consume over time, then your body can become less reliant on it and you should begin to crave it less.
How to satisfy a sweet tooth
Follow these 4 healthy tips to satisfy your sweet tooth next time you feel a craving for something sweet.
Sweet tooth tip 1. Choose naturally sweet food
If you have a sweet tooth, try to find healthy and nutritious options that contain natural sugars instead of refined sugar (the kind that is bad for you) to help ease any cravings that you might get.
For example, fruit is a healthy option that can often help curb sweet cravings — rather than just eating it whole, there are lots of different ways you can use it to sweeten things up for you!
You might chop up fruit at the start of the week, portion it out into little zip-lock bags and then have them available in the freezer when you feel like something sweet. Alternatively, you might like to flavour your water with some berries or other seasonal fruit.
Sometimes, combining a few small slices of fruit with natural Greek yoghurt can make this sweet snack more filling and can help it feel like a proper meal. Sticking to healthier yoghurts, such as plain yoghurt, is a good way to reduce the amount of added sugar in your snack.
Sweet tooth tip 2. Drink smoothies
Smoothies can be a filling and nutritious way to satisfy a sweet tooth! By having the fruit I mentioned above ready to go in the freezer, when you feel like something sweet you can mix some of these frozen pieces into a healthy fruit smoothie with some baby spinach and milk of your choice. Add a dash of honey or maple syrup and you’ll have a deliciously sweet and nutritious drink.
Sweet tooth tip 3. Get creative with healthy desserts
Sometimes you might crave unhealthy dessert options that perhaps you used to eat — and sometimes nothing will cut it unless it actually feels like that dessert! This can be especially true if you’re in the early stages of your health journey and you’re used to eating desserts regularly.
This is totally a mind game but if you acknowledge this, then you can make sure you have healthy dessert options available when you feel you need something. While I believe that we shouldn’t restrict ourselves of foods, doing this helps you to replace your old habits with healthier, more positive ones — which can only be a good thing!
For example, if you love ice blocks or ice-cream, then nice cream or fruit popsicles are a really simple and tasty alternative that you can make to keep in the freezer.
I have so many healthy dessert options in the recipe section of my blog so check them out if you are looking for more ideas.
Sweet tooth tip 4. Make healthy chocolate swaps
Making small and subtle healthy food swaps can make a positive difference for your health and can help decrease sweet cravings over time.
Chocolate is one sweet that I know many ladies say they feel the need to give up when they’re pursuing a healthy lifestyle. This isn’t necessary though! Try choosing healthier options, where you can.
Some healthy chocolate swaps may include:
- Swapping milk chocolate or white chocolate for dark chocolates with a high percentage (75% or more) of cocoa.
- Choose products that contain cacao or carob instead.
Be careful when buying ‘healthier’ chocolate from the grocery store, though. Sometimes these alternatives can still have a lot of added sugar and are actually unhealthy foods in disguise. Make sure you check the ingredients and find a chocolate with no added sugar.
Another option is to, make your own! Making your own chocolate is a great way to stay on track because you know exactly what ingredients it contains. I made these chocolate bark pieces over Easter and they tasted so delicious — and healthy!
Eat healthy sweets in moderation
Remember ladies, moderation and consistency is key!
Like I’ve said before, I don’t believe in labelling foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. When you cut out whole food groups because you think they’re ‘bad’ foods, you might actually just crave the food more!
I hope these healthy sweet snacks help you when those cravings hit or when you’re wanting a healthier sweet option!
What other healthy foods help you when you’ve got a sweet tooth?
Love, Kayla xx
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.