When snack time comes around, salty doesn’t always cut it. That’s especially if you have an over-active sweet tooth. You’re the type of person who would rather skip popcorn and grab a slice of chocolate cake instead, and we totally understand! But we also want you to know that sweet treats can also be healthy! Keep reading for 7 of our best ideas!
1. Fruit Smoothies
When you use Greek yogurt instead of milk, a variety of juicy fruits, a dab of honey and a bit of ice, you’ve transformed the fatty milkshake into a healthy, creamy smoothie. This shake could work as a filling breakfast or a sweet treat before a workout. Combine your ingredients in a blender, and blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Try this delicious dairy-free strawberry smoothie to start!
2. Granola Bars
Not all of the granola bars at the grocery store are boring. Now, there are tons of healthy options that also include mini chocolate chips, peanut butter or dried fruit. Kashi’s Cherry Dark Chocolate granola bar is a healthy choice that also comes with tart cherries and sweet chocolate. You can also make your own guiltless granola.
If you’re looking for a nutritional boost that isn’t a green vegetable, opt for applesauce. Filled with anti-oxidants that fight illnesses and fiber to give your tummy that nice and full feeling, applesauce is a sweet way to satisfy your sweet tooth without risking your pant size.
4. Cottage Cheese and Blueberries
Not everyone has gotten on the Greek yogurt bandwagon, so try out the cottage cheese trend instead. The texture is out-of-this world, and when paired with a mini blueberries or another favorite fruit, the sweet combination will hit the spot!
5. Green Tea
Instead of snacking on potato chips or a chocolate bar, relax and sip on some satisfying tea. This beverage is a calming treat that you can enjoy all the time, and know that you’re doing something good for your body. Green tea has been show to reducing cholesterol and be an anti-inflammatory drink. If you prefer sweeter tea, add a bit of skim milk, honey or non-fat sweetener.
6. Trail Mix
Depending on what kind of treats you enjoy you can add anything salty from popcorn and peanuts to sweets, like dark chocolate chips and dried cranberries to make a yummy snack. Trail mixes are best made in bulk so you can keep them for a while, but make sure to portion out how much you and put it in a small bowl. Scooping it out with your hand can cause over-eating fast.
7. Oatmeal Cookies
Cookies can be a major culprit of weight gain because most of them contain tons of ingredients that can sabotage your diet. If you’re having a cookie craving, the first thing you have to do is make your own cookies. That way, you’ll know exactly what’s going in them. Then you have to pass over the chocolate chip, and stick to oatmeal. Try these fun oatmeal fruit cookies!