We’ve all found ourselves craving a little something sweet now and again. Thanks to the high sugar content in the food we eat, sugar cravings are fairly common—not to mention difficult to ignore! The problem is, once you start eating more sugar, it’s harder to stop, and the more likely you are to gain weight as a result. Thankfully, we’ve found a few suggestions of healthy snacks that can satiate your desire for something sweet without giving you the sugar your body thinks it wants:
Mix up some Greek yoghurt with your favorite berries and a scoop of homemade, low-sugar granola, and you’ve got yourself a match made in Heaven. As far as healthy snacks go, this is one of the best, thanks to its high protein and healthy fat content, the fiber from the fruits and oats, and the high antioxidant content from the berries. Have this dessert any time you’re feeling in the mood to snack, and you’ll walk away satiated and happy.
Flourless Protein Brownies
Made with a mixture of bananas, peanut butter, dark chocolate, protein powder, and almond flour (the ingredients will vary from recipe to recipe), these are one of the best options to help you satiate your sugar cravings the healthy way. The king of healthy snacks, they deliver a hefty dose of protein and critical nutrients while still being everyone’s favorite dessert, brownies, but in a whole lot healthier way!
Dark Chocolate and Cacao Nibs
Surprisingly, dark chocolate (70% or higher) is a wonderfully healthy snack. Not only is it rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, but you’ll find that it will satisfy your sugar cravings with just a few bites. A small portion (1 to 2 ounces) of chocolate every day is everything you need to kick your sugar cravings the healthy way. Cacao nibs are just as healthy, though far less processed and thus less likely to contain sugar.
Whole Wheat Waffles
Whether you buy them in the store or make them yourself, whole wheat waffles are definitely one of the healthy snacks you’ll want to enjoy on a regular basis. They deliver a hefty dose of dietary fiber to balance out the high flour content, so they’re a bit lower in carbs than white flour waffles. Top them with some yogurt, cottage cheese, or fruit compote, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a snack!
Peanut and Almond Butter
It may sound like a weird snack, but a spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter can be just what you need to satisfy your hunger or cravings without overdoing it on the calories and sugar. Both are rich in the healthy fats your body needs, and you’ll find that they can help to shut down your appetite very effectively. Almond butter is definitely the healthier of the two—more unsaturated fats vs. peanut butter’s higher saturated fat content—but both are an excellent option to help you stop feeling hungry.
Want something sweet but know you shouldn’t be eating candy or cookies? Try a bowl full of stewed fruit! Literally all you have to do is cut out the core or seeds, throw the halved or quartered fruit into a pot, and stew it until thoroughly cooked. Don’t add any sugar, but a spritz of lemon juice will help to bring out the sweetness of the fruit. You’ll find it does wonders to not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but the high fiber content of the stewed fruit will be great for suppressing your appetite