I’m one of those people that crave something sweet after dinner. To stop my sweet tooth from nagging, I need something to satisfy this need. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but I’ve been finding it difficult to stick to just one small, sweet snack.
Honestly, if food is going to satisfy your sweet tooth, it’s not going to be the foundation for a healthy diet. Here is a list of less-guilty pleasures for people who want to indulge.
While many of these snacks contain sugar (gasp!), we have listed lower sugar options that offer other benefits like additional protein or fiber, or may contain a superfood like grapes or strawberries.
1. Frozen Chocolate Bananas
This sweet frozen treat packs a nutritional punch. Bananas are packed with potassium and fiber and are an excellent source of vitamin B6 and C. Peel the banana and slice it into two halves, then freeze. After the banana is solid, take it out of the freezer.
Melt dark chocolate and roll the banana in it while the chocolate is melty. Then you can roll the chocolate coated banana in your favorite crunchy topping, including granola, nuts, or sprinkles.
The banana needs to be returned to the freezer to allow the chocolate to set, about 1 hour.
2. Fresh Fruit
This sweet treat is as simple as it gets. Pick any fruit that has enough natural sugar to satisfy your craving.
This snack is the healthiest option since it provides you with additional fiber and nutrients.
3. All-Fruit Popsicle
These treats are cool and sweet, and best of all they don’t contain any added sugar.
Puree watermelon chunks and lime juice. Freeze the mixture, then enjoy, yes, it’s that simple.
If there are no watermelon’s available in your local area, try another fruit. It’s best to use juicy fruits like berries, peaches, or pears. Instead of lime juice, use apple juice for your base.
4. Banana Ice Cream
For the perfect after-dinner sweet treat try this one-ingredient ice cream.
If you want to be fancy, add some peanut butter to the ice cream or add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder.
Ok, not the healthiest, but very scrummy.
A pint of this homemade sorbet on a warm night is the perfect way to fill your sweet cravings, without going overboard on the sugary white stuff.
A simple plum sorbet does not contain any sugar. You only need to add three honey tablespoons per quart. And don’t worry, we promise this snack is still sweet enough to satisfy.
6. Flavored Greek Yogurt
We choose plain yogurt and add your own desired flavorings to reduce the sugar.
However, if you’re looking for an indulgent treat, then try a cup of flavored Greek yogurt. Even though this yogurt does contain some sugar, it also contains a fair amount of protein which will satisfy your craving and keep you full.
7. Yogurt Parfait
Take one cup of vanilla or plain Greek Yogurt and top it with your favorite toppings, including fruit, granola, nuts, or crumbled graham crackers.
For an indulgent treat why not add some shaved chocolate.
8. Dark Chocolate
All chocolate bars are not alike when it comes to being healthful.
Dark chocolate, which contains more than 70 percent cacao, lacks the added sugar and fat of milk chocolate.
Dark chocolate can be a healthy treat if eaten in moderation and is packed with antioxidants that can help regulate your stress hormone levels.
9. Cafe Mocha
This beverage is an excellent way to get a caffeine kick and a serving of dark chocolate at the same time.
You can use low-fat milk and keep the serving size small to keep the calories low.
10. Cereal and Milk
Cereal and Milk can be a healthy snack if you like.
To keep it healthy choose a whole-grain, high-fiber cereal and sweeten it with cinnamon and honey.
If you want to go for the “naughtier” version of this snack, just pick up a box of Chocolate Chex.
I hope you enjoy the sweet choices above and note, always try to be healthy but once in a while it doesn’t hurt to indulge and live a little