I am a sweets person. I love my chocolate, cakes, ice creams, and unhealthy desserts just as much – if not more than – the next guy. You can imagine my disappointment when I realized the lifestyle changes we are making with our food doesn’t include any of these things.
I’m a sugar feigned so cutting out simple carbs like bread and desserts is a huge change for me. In preparation for the withdrawal I know is coming I’ve come up with a list of healthy sweet tooth cures.
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What Causes Sweet Tooth Cravings
There are actually a couple of different reasons why we crave sugar. Everything from diet to hormonal imbalances can actually cause you to crave sugar. I personally always crave sweets after a savory meal like roasted chicken and potatoes.
Bad habits are often a leading cause for craving sweets. Breaking those habits can be a bit difficult but it’s not impossible.
I don’t believe that all sugars are bad for you and that smart sugars can be a healthy alternative to the rich sweets we are used to.
What To Eat When You’re Craving Sweets
Below are some of my favorite ways to cure a sweet tooth. Most of these will also fill you up if you’re looking for an afternoon snack that won’t ruin your diet.
Smoothies are one of the best ways to cure a sweet tooth without ruining your diet. I personally use frozen fruits for the sweetness, bananas or avocado for my thickener, and almond milk or water as my liquid.
If you are going to add fresh spinach or kale to your smoothie for a healthy dose of vegetables I recommend blending that with a splash of your liquid of choice first. This will grind it up so you don’t have to worry about chunks getting caught in teeth or chewing on a bitter leaf in the middle of a strawberry or pineapple gulp.
Nice cream is a healthy ice cream like dessert that won’t spoil a diet. Chop up and freeze bananas and keep them in the freezer for when you are ready to use them. When you want your ice cream like textured dessert just drop them in a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth.
You can add vanilla flavoring, a small amount of chocolate syrup, fresh or frozen strawberries and loads of other ingredients to make this smooth and healthy homemade dessert.
Need to get your veggies in but really craving something sweet. Sweet potatoes are perfect to add to your dinner if you intend on skipping dessert.
Even baked with butter sweet potatoes provide you with plenty of vitamins and cures that sweet tooth craving in no time. You can slice and roast them like chips or you can cube and roast them and mix them in a salad with fresh strawberries.
You can even cut them into fries and bake them for a healthy and sweet snack or side dish.
Frozen grapes are my favorite summer time snack. Simply clean them up, place them in serving size baggies and pop them in the freezer. Then on those super hot days grab grapes instead of ice cream or sugar loaded popsicles.
You can add them to salads, eat them as a side with lunch, or just have a refreshing snack.
Not all yogurt is created equally, Siggis Yogurt has no sugar added which makes it a great healthy choice for those looking to cut down on their sugar. The only sugars that occur in this yogurt are those that naturally occur during the making process.
Like I stated above, all sugar is not bad for you. Naturally occurring sugar is fine in moderation. Siggis is a great snack or breakfast option that cures your sweet tooth quickly.
Dark chocolate isn’t always sweet, it does have a bit of a bitter taste to it, but it still cures that sweet tooth. Dark chocolate also has antioxidants that are healthy for you.
I personally like mixing my dark chocolate chips in with a handful of nuts to provide a filling snack that takes care of my cravings.
This Iced Coffee
I make this iced coffee recipe daily and it cures my sweet tooth cravings pretty well. While the chocolate syrup has sugar in it the amount you drink isn’t nearly what you would get in most sweet snacks or drinks.
The added bonus is that the added caffeine helps to boost your metabolism. Boosting your metabolism is the number one way to lose weight and get healthy.
A Cup of Tea With Honey
If it’s a little late in the day for iced coffee a cup of tea with honey is a healthy option to cure your sweet tooth. Make it a decaf or herbal tea in the afternoon. Chamomile works great for just before bed too.
Honey is a natural sweetener so it’s not as bad as straight sugar but you still want to use it sparingly. It will cure a craving for sweets without ruining the diet or breaking your newly formed habit of no extra sugars.
A Spoonful Of Peanut Butter
This is actually one of my favorite sweet tooth cures because it’s super simple. Grab a teaspoon and scoop out some peanut butter and just eat it right off the spoon. It’s like eating a candy bar without extra sugars.
It’s great for those who struggle with the habit of eating sugar because it’s reminiscent of some of the sweets you used to eat without breaking your diet.
Oatmeal with Splenda and Fruit
I’m a bit new to the Splenda game as I typically don’t like any artificial sweeteners in the slightest. While Splenda does take some getting used to if you are a real sugar person, it’s not nearly as bad as those other artificial sweeteners on the market.
Mixing a teaspoon of Splenda into oatmeal and topping it with fresh fruits like blueberries, strawberries, or bananas is a healthy way to get your sweets in. Plus oatmeal is filled with fiber that helps to keep your body functioning at its best.
Control Your Cravings Without Ruining Your Diet
Sometimes a sweet tooth craving can pass with sugar free gum, drinking water, or brushing your teeth. Sometimes the craving is a bit stronger. Keep approved snacks in the house so that you can cure your sweet tooth cravings without ruining your diet.
What is your biggest weakness when it comes to sweets? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your favorite healthy eating boards.
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