Satisfying your Sweet Tooth in a “healthier” way

I’m sure some of you out there have also been blessed(or should I say cursed) with a crazy sweet tooth.  It’s sometime ridiculous how much I want sweets and even though I’m a firm believer in craving the sweet tooth with desserts (in moderation)…if I did that every time I wanted something sweet I would be in big trouble!  So I thought I would share with you guys some of my tips of how I satisfy that craving without reaching for the brownie mix every time.

Some of my staples I have in my house are:

  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • PB2 (powdered peanut butter) I have regular and the one with chocolate
  • Almond butter
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Truvia
  • Protein powder (right now I’m using Dymatize iso-100 Fudge Brownie and Birthday Cake)

And now for some of my favorite recipes!

  • Oatmeal:
    • I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal and cook it with 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    • Mix in topping such as pb2, peanut butter, almond butter, cinnamon, cashews, you can sprinkle some protein powder (just not too much or it’s really gross..don’t make my mistake), or fruit
  • Smoothies:
    • My favorite smoothie is my chocolate peanut butter one
      • I use about a cup of the unsweetened almond milk and then if I need more liquid I use water.  And use as much ice to your liking ( I like as much mass as possible so i use a lot of ice 🙂 )
      • A scoop of my fudge brownie protein powder- or any chocolate protein powder you have
      • a tbsp of pb or 2 tbsp of pb2
      • I will sometimes add a banana too if I want to
    • Of course you can always make other concoctions for smoothies that can include
      • any kind of fruit
      • frozen spinach or kale
      • cocoa powder instead of protein powder
      • oatmeal
      • flax seed
      • top it off with granola or sprinkles!
  • Hot Chocolate:
    • I have come up with a super healthy hot chocolate that I have at least 5 days out of the week..kinda addicted…
      • First i heat up a cup of water mixed with a cup of the unsweetened vanilla almond milk for about 2 min and 30 seconds in the microwave
      • Then i add a tsp of cocoa powder and a packet of truvia
      • mix, mix, mix (cocoa powder can sometimes take a little while to dissolve)
      • And there you go, a healthy version of hot chocolate
  • Pancakes:
    • I love pancakes and always tend to eat one, or five too many whenever I eat them.  Warning: This particular recipe is oatmeal based so it’s not going to be a fluffy pancake.  This makes about 3 servings
      • Mix 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1 egg, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, Truvia starting with 1 packet and just add to taste
      • If you want to make them into protein pancakes, add a scoop of your protein to it.  Depending on the flavor of the protein you may want to leave out the cinnamon/pumpkin pie spice
      • Put on da grittle!
      • Add fruit on top or use honey to replace syrup
  • Greek Yogurt:
    • Top it with granola, fruit, peanut butter
  • Sweet potatoes with cinnamon on top
  • Peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich
  • Peanut butter on rice crackers (regular, chocolate, caramel flavored)- 30 to 60 calories per rice cake

So there you have it.  No these things are not going to taste as good as real desserts, but like I said, they are good to have around at your house and to keep yourself satisfied instead of refusing to eat sweets or indulging in sweets every time you want it.  But don’t forget to also actually eat cake or ice cream or whatever your body wants throughout the week in moderation 🙂

 

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