Healthy Sweet Snacks for Dieters
One of the hardest parts of dieting is cutting anything sweet out of the menu. Fortunately, there are some sweet foods which are permissible, even for people who are trying to lose weight. Rather than craving sweets until you give in and binge, totally ruining your diet, you should try eating some of these suggestions on an occasional basis. Snacking between meals also keeps you from overeating at meal time, so you don’t have to feel guilty at all. Find out how to make our top four healthy sweet treats.
- Fruit: Nothing beats the fabulous flavor of naturally sweet fresh fruit. If you get bored with the same one or two choices, make a fruit salad with a variety of flavors. You’ll get fiber to fill your stomach and lots of great minerals and vitamins to boot. Core and slice (but don’t peel) six apples and mix them with two sliced bananas, 2 cups of canned pineapple that’s been thoroughly drained, and a cup of grapes, sliced up. If you eat a one cup serving of this mixture you’ll consume only 107 calories. To keep the fruit fresh longer, store each kind in a separate container in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to eat, mix up the amount you want and enjoy.
- Peanut butter on Graham Crackers: Moderation is the key for this sweet and salty snack. Use light peanut butter and put just a tablespoon (about one dollop) on two squares of graham cracker. Graham crackers are a better alternative when you’re craving cookies, and adding the peanut butter gives you a little bit of protein and healthy fat to keep you satisfied for longer. You’ll eat about 155 calories with this.
- Yogurt and Granola: You should be careful of the fruit-filled yogurts that are sold in stores because they tend to be heavy on sugar. Rather, get a tall glass and make your own parfait using a half a cup of berries, two tablespoons of granola, and three quarters of a cup of vanilla yogurt. You can use either fresh or frozen fruit, and be sure to use low-fat yogurt and granola. You’ll find this pretty to look out, full of good nutrition, and it only contains 255 calories. If you want to go even lower on the sugar and add some minerals, B vitamins and protein, use unsweetened Greek yogurt.
- Smoothies: Not only are homemade smoothies cheaper, they’re also lower on sugar than commercial ones. Try a scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder, three quarters of a cup of frozen fruit like cherries, a peeled and sliced kiwi, a slosh of orange juice, almost a teaspoon of agave nectar as sweetener, and half a cup of coconut water, together with just three ice cubes. Blend all this up in your blender. The result is full of protein, delicious, and has only 159 calories.
Between these four options you’ll keep your taste buds happy and your waist line trim. Experiment with different fruits, yogurts and other flavors to keep it interesting.