People often have a weakness for either something crunchy and salty or soft and sweet. In my experience it is more often the latter, and the sweet tooth urge can be a tough one to beat.
When its sweets you crave, reach for these healthy alternatives and try this cool trick to get through them guilt-free.
FRUITS are the obvious alternative to eating processed, baked goods and sugary treats, but if you eat sweets on a regular basis, even fruits should be eaten in moderation. Fruits do contain natural sugars, but they can still spike your blood sugar levels if eaten in abundance and too often. These fruits you may be able to get away with, because they have less sugar than most and also tend to have greater nutritional value:
Lemons – Though very bitter in taste, adding a little honey to it will make great lemonade. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C as well.
Berries are very low in sugar and calories, high in antioxidants and nutrients, and provide quite a few other benefits.
Raspberries – Raspberries are high in vitamin C and manganese. Raspberries also effectively block cancer and repair cells.
Cranberries – Cranberries are diuretic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, high in vitamin C and manganese, high in fiber, and good for the heart and immune system.
Strawberries – Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and manganese, and are helpful in cancer prevention and cell repair.
Blueberries – Blueberries are high in antioxidants, a good source of vitamins C, vitamin K and manganese, and cancer and heart disease blockers.
Watermelon – Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, lycopene, dietary fiber and water.
Grapefruit – Grapefruit is high in vitamin C, lycopene, and antioxidants, and effective at cancer prevention.
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupes supply a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, beta carotene, B vitamins, and potassium. Cantaloupe helps to prevent heart disease, cancer and eye problems.
Peaches – Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta carotene and vitamin A both help to preserve the eyes and protect the skin.
Apples – Apples contain moderate amounts of sugar and vitamin C, but are high in fiber and quercetin. Because of the high fiber content, apples make you feel fuller quicker. They are great between-meal snacks and eaten with a sprinkle of chopped nuts make them even tastier.
Figs – Figs are a very high source of fiber but equal to strawberries in caloric content, and it doesn’t hurt that they taste great.
PLAIN LOW-FAT YOGURT is a good choice when you want to fight back those sweet cravings. You can add your own natural fruit instead of buying the ones that contain fruit and even add in a few chopped nuts for additional protein.
HONEY is a great natural sweetener with a ton of health benefits. It also preserves very well.
According to Tim Clark, longtime executive editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, an oral rinse concoction of a teaspoon of baking soda stirred into a cup of warm water will instantly knock out your nagging sweet cravings.