Healthy Sweet Tooth

You can indulge in the sweeter things of life without totally abandoning your healthy lifestyle. Rather than reaching for highly processed, sugar-loaded foods every time you crave something sweet, update your snacks arsenal. Make this tweak, and you’re not only cutting down on the not-so-healthy stuff but also nourishing your body with vitamins and minerals, filling fibre and protein, and healthy fats, which will help quell hunger pangs until your next meal. Next time your sweet tooth calls, reach for a wholesome snack that’s naturally sweet and satiating. Here are some options that fit the category.

Greek Yoghurt Parfait

For a quick and nutritious treat, you can enjoy just about anywhere; reach for a Mason jar and layer in your favourite granola, Greek yoghurt with a swirl of honey, and chunks of kiwi. One fun fact is that a single kiwi fruit provides over 100% of your daily value of vitamin C, which helps support a strong immune system. Not only are you taking in something sweet, but you are also nourishing your body.

Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are tiny little powerhouses. They are packed with fibre and provide some protein as well. Chia pudding is a delicious sweet snack and a favourite for meal preppers.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Unlike the traditional chocolate mousse, made with heavy cream, whipped cream, and a load of added sugar, opt for avocado chocolate mousse instead. Make avocado chocolate mousse with 1 avocado, ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of unsweetened almond milk, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Avocado is high in fibre and heart-healthy fats. You can top off this mousse with fresh berries and a sprinkle of nuts.

Dark Chocolate-Dipped Frozen Bananas

You should try this one if you’re craving something cool and sweet. You can make this by peeling bananas, inserting popsicle sticks into them, and melting 70 percent cacao or more chocolate chips in a double boiler. Dip the bananas inside, freeze, and enjoy. Frozen bananas make for a delicious and nutritious treat.

Coconut Cashew Energy Bites

For another no-bake goodie, throw together these coconut cashew energy bites. This sweet snack is delicious and filling: Mix shredded coconut, creamy and nutrient-dense cashew butter, chocolate chips, a swirl of maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Add a ¼ cup of vanilla or chocolate protein powder to boost the protein content.

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