This is a question I often get asked by my clients.

I sometimes get a sweet craving that I just can’t budge. The more I try to ignore it the bigger it gets.

What should I do? Are there healthy sweet options I could use? Yes, there are! Here are some Healthy Treats Recipes and guilt-free snacks.

Healthy Treats Recipes - Cookies. Woman eating chocolate chip cookie. Cute mixed race chinese / caucasian model.

Well here are a few. Find one that hits the spot so you can move through the danger zone without losing momentum for healthy eating.

  • Herbal tea with a little honey and cinnamon
  • 2-3 squares of 70 or 85% cocoa dark Lindt chocolate
  • Healthy Chai Latte – rooibos chai or dandelion chai or chai spice mix with warm almond milk, ground cinnamon, vanilla and dash of honey. Hits the sweet spot carving
  • Raw chocolate mousse. Click here for recipe
  • Healthy Hot Chocolate. Click here for recipe
  • 6 cut up strawberries with 1 tablespoon Homemade Nutella.Click here for recipe
  • 1-2 fresh dates filled with almond butter and raw nuts
  • 1 cup of warmed or fresh berries with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, dash of raw cacao powder and coconut.
  • 1 bliss ball
  • Cinnamon bananas – saute 1/2 sliced banana with ground cinnamon, maple syrup and coconut oil in a pan. Top with mixed nuts or shredded coconut.
  • Raw pecans, almonds or walnuts sprinkled with ground cinnamon and coconut.

 

Healthy Treats Recipes – Sugars to steer clear of –

  • artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame which accelerates abdominal obesity and damages brain cells via exictotoxins. Stevia is a much better option.
  • high fructose corn syrup (55% fructose) & agave syrup (65-90% fructose) – reduces Leptin levels so more likely to distort hunger levels leading to binge eating. Better option is coconut nectar – low GI, low fructose, contains amino acids & minerals.

Hope this gives you some ideas to get you out of trouble when sugar cravings hit.

“Snacking in itself isn’t a bad thing,” says Elaine Magee, PhD, RD, author of numerous nutrition books, including Someone’s in the Kitchen With Mommyand The Good News Eating Plan for Type II Diabetes.

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