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My Sweet Tooth

October 19, 2010

So, I don’t know about you, but I love sweets.  Doesn’t matter what it is, I will eat it.

Cake, yes!
Ice cream, of course!
Cookies, yes ma’am!
Candy, duh!

Understandably, this creates some difficulties in my healthy lifestyle.  Sure, a cheat day now and then is ok, but I can’t cheat every day!  So, for all the sweet tooths out there, here are some of the ways I satisfy my cravings without sacrificing my eating plan.

  • Hershey kisses – There are 22 calories in 1 hershey kiss.  You can quickly satisfy a chocolate craving with just a couple kisses and only add 100 calories to your day.
  • Mini Ice Cream Sandwich – This is my current obsession.  The ones from Mayfield only have 90 calories.  Cookie and ice cream for less than 100 calories!  Yes please!
  • Fudge Stix – This will help with the chocolate and ice cream craving as well.  And with only 60 calories, you can’t go wrong!
  • Applesauce replacement – When baking, you can always substitute half the butter or oil with unsweetened applesauce.  Greatly reduces the fat in the recipe.
  • Reduce sugar in baking by substituting part of the amount with spices such as cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg or flavorings such as vanilla extract or almond flavoring to enhance the sweetness of the food.
  • Portion control – On those occassions when you just have to have the piece of cake, cut a small piece.  Or, when that cookie is staring you in the face, break it in half.  Craving a Wendy’s frost, choose the junior size.  Portions are key in everything we eat!
  • Shakeology – I have chocolate shakeology as a meal replacement throughout the week.  With only 140 calories, I can add almond milk and some Better ‘n Peanut Butter and still be under 300 calories for a great meal that satisfies my sweet tooth at the same time.

While I am not a nutritionist, these suggestions are part of the way I live and I know they work!  Hopefully, they will help you too.  After all, we’re all on this journey together!

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 10:44 am

    Great suggestions Kristin. Another way to satisfy a sweet craving is eating dark chocolate with a minimum of 70% cacao. The higher the cacao content the lower the amount of sugar and carbs. I personally love the Dagoba eclipse bars which are 87%, and only 7 grams of sugar, and 19 carbs.

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