Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Diet Tip #19: 5 Ways To Indulge Your Sweet Tooth Without Blowing Your Diet

Sugar is my kryptonite.  I could incorporate a pound of Swedish Fish, a bag of Reese's Mini Peanut Butter Cups and a half dozen oatmeal raisin cookies into my daily diet and not blink an eye.

REESE'S PBC Miniatures Heart Box
I think I love these more than my husband
I ate a sugar-laden diet when I was fat.  Diabetes also runs in my family.  I make a concerted effort to avoid the white stuff and it has paid off.

The thing is you can eat foods that will satisfy your sweet tooth without damaging your waistline or blood sugar.  Here are five simple swaps to make when you are dying for something sweet:

A couple squares of quality, dark chocolate.  The complex flavors of a good dark chocolate really does calm that "I NEED SUGAR" noise that can start screaming about 3:30pm when you're at your desk.  Opt for a chocolate that is at least 60% cocoa.

Vosges dark chocolate bar
Vosges Black Salt Caramel Exotic Dark Chocolate Bar
I love Vosges Black Salt Caramel Exotic Chocolate Bar or Vosges Pomegranate Goji Dark Chocolate Bar (this one has a super fruit bonus!).  Dark chocolate also has numerous health benefits.  It's a great food to incorporate into your diet.

Apple with peanut butter or almond butter.  This is really does quiet that sweet tooth.  Add a few raisins if you need something even sweeter.

A few breath mints.  I like Lifesavers Mints.  These take a while to finish and can help you get through that screaming craving.

Dried apricots with walnuts.  Keep the serving size in check because these can become a calorie bomb if you eat too many.  Think five and five: five apricots and five walnut halves.  This is approximately 165 calories.

thinkThin Caramel Fudge Bar
A nutrition bar that has under 250 calories.  A tasty nutrition bar can completely quiet your candy bar craving.  I like thinkThin bars which are under 200 calories.  I LOVE their dark chocolate coconut bar...read my review here.  Clif MOJO bars are great and also under 200 calories.  They offer a delicious sweet and salty mix.