7 Healthy Snacks to Shut Down Your Sweet Tooth
What do you do when the sugar cravings kick in? Everyone gets a hankering for something sweet at the end of the day or after a meal. It can be hard to resist the urge to have a treat. Instead of fighting the urge, why not channel it toward something healthier? Below are a few healthy snacks that will shut down your sweet tooth like a boss:
If you're feeling hungry and like eating something sweet, make yourself a healthy yoghurt parfait. A spoonful or two of Greek yoghurt, a sprinkling of your favorite fresh berries, and a little bit of homemade granola will shut down your sweet tooth. The high protein and fat content of the yoghurt will trigger the feelings of satiety in your brain. The berries and granola will provide the sweet flavors your mouth is craving.
Dark chocolate is heart-smart and diet-friendly, provided you eat in moderation of course! Studies have proven that a single square of dark chocolate can keep your heart healthy and provide vital antioxidants. Stick with JUST ONE square when your sweet tooth is kicking in.
Cacao nibs are chocolate at its rawest, purest form. The cacao is packed with phytonutrients and antioxidants, but it's sweet enough that it will satisfy your sweet tooth. They're pretty high in calories, so you need to make sure to limit your consumption to a few bits at a time. However, you'll find they're the perfect way to shut down a sugar craving!
Berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are the perfect appetite-suppressant. The antioxidants in the berries will improve your health, but the fats, protein, and fiber will shut down the cravings. There's enough sugar in the berries to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, you won't overdo it on calories by having a handful or two of berries. The darker and more colorful the berries, the healthier they are!
Nuts are a wonderful treat for those who are feeling hungry. A single handful of nuts contains anywhere from 100-200 calories. Most of the calories come from fat, which means they'll trigger the feelings of satiety in your brain. This will shut down your appetite at the highest level. Your mouth and body may still want to eat something, but your brain will register that it doesn't need any more nutrients. Once the effects kick in, you won't feel those hunger pangs. Nuts aren't properly sweet, but they're flavorful and savory enough that your mouth will be content. Instead of giving in to your sweet cravings, have a handful of nuts next time you want a treat.
Popcorn is one of the strangest treats around. On its own (air-popped, not oil-popped), it's fairly low in calories. You can add salt, savory flavors, or something sweet (like natural maple syrup) to make it delicious. If you're getting the urge to eat a treat, make yourself a small portion of popcorn and enjoy it one kernel at a time. Cravings only last for 3-5 minutes, so they'll be long gone by the time you finish your popcorn.
Almond Butter Balls
Almond butter contains fewer calories than peanut butter, less saturated fat, and more vital nutrients. Almond butter balls are by no means low-fat or low in calories, but they're the perfect appetite suppressant. Make yourself a tray of almond butter balls (with oats, raisins, nuts, seeds, and dark chocolate dusting), and store them in the freezer. Any time you're in need of a snack, have JUST ONE.