Sometimes the hardest thing about trying to maintain a healthy diet is staying away from refined white sugar. This is because when your body ingests sugar, your blood sugar spikes and your body produces insulin to lower this. However, sometimes it over compensates and brings the blood sugar level too low, signalling to your body that it needs more sugar. And so you get cravings to eat more. The less sugar you eat, the less you crave it but sometimes you just need something to satisfy that sweet tooth. Here are a few ideas of things you can snack on without ruining your diet.
Orange & Cottage Cheese
This snack is wonderfully simple and as well as the sweetness in the orange, you get a lovely creaminess from the cheese which feels more indulgent than it is. As well as that, you get vitamin C, protein and calcium!
These are super easy to whip up and snack on when you feel like it. Simply whizz medjool dates, almond butter, nuts, and vanilla and then roll into balls and cover in your favourite chopped nuts or berries.
Sometimes the simplest answer is the right one and fruit is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Obviously you can choose any but dried berries are particularly satisfying because they have the taste and texture of sweets, plus they’re packed with antioxidants.
Pears, Honey & Greek Yogurt
For something a little more filling, a nice bowl of yogurt is a good option. You’ll reap in some protein and calcium while filling fuller for longer. Add some sugar-free granola or nuts for a little extra texture.
They may not be a food you typically think of as healthy (considering they’re made from sugar and not much else) but when your cravings are really bad, reach for a few marshmallows instead of a chocolate bar or bag of sweets. They’re low in calories and will tempt you away from over-eating.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Whether it’s as a dessert or simply a snack, these puddings are a perfect guilt-free treat. Whip together some ripe avocado, almond milk, maple syrup and cacao powder to create a creamy, chocolatey pudding with added omega-3 and brain power.
Loaded Apple Slices
Whether you spread them with peanut butter and top with blueberries, or pile a load on a plate and drizzle with caramel, nuts and a dollop of Greek yogurt (as a take on sweet nachos), there’s so many delicious snacks you can create here.
Great for its low calorie content, popcorn is perfect because you can eat quite a lot of it without worrying that your diet is ruined. Keeping you going until your next meal, try either a sweet or dark chocolate variety.
Banana Ice Cream
This ice cream literally couldn’t be simpler with only 1 ingredient involved! Freeze your desire number of bananas and then just whizz them in a food processor until you have ice cream. If you want to mix it up, you could also try adding peanut butter.
If you can’t (or don’t want to) prepare anything specially then reach for a couple of squares of dark chocolate instead. Despite the reputation, chocolate has antioxidants which are good for your body and brain and sometimes, only chocolate will do!