After a meal, most of us need a sugary treat to satisfy our sweet tooth. But this urge to satisfy our taste buds is sometimes inhibited by the fact that sweet snacks are associated with weight gain. However, there are plenty of sweet treats that work to promote weight loss or prevent weight gain. Here are a few options to consider the next time you feel like snacking on something sweet.
If you have a soft spot for chocolate – and who doesn’t? – know that dark chocolate is a better option, as it’s high in plant nutrients and flavonoids. Dark chocolate can curb your appetite, prevents addition of new fat stores and reduces appetite. Additionally, you may also add a tiny amount of cacao to your smoothie, oatmeal or yogurt, or melt the dark chocolate and dip some tangerine slices in it.
Berries are high in antioxidants and not only fight harmful free radicals, but also reduce inflammation, which is helpful in preventing weight gain. Berries are flavorful and have a low-calorie content, so you can satisfy your cravings while maintaining your health. Yogurt-dipped strawberries, for example, are beneficial for your gut health and help control weight thanks to their high anthocyanin content, but also protect your body against overheating.
Popcorn can be healthy if you don’t add butter or salt. It promotes weight loss thanks to its fiber, but it’s also low in calories. With the addition of cinnamon, which is a zero-calorie spice, popcorn can regulate blood sugar and improve the plain flavor.
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are a great way to suppress your appetite thanks to their mix of fiber, protein and healthy fat. For a creamy, delicious pudding, mix chia seeds, coconut milk, cinnamon and vanilla and leave it overnight in the refrigerator. In the morning you can add some shredded coconut or fruit to your chia seed pudding for an enhanced taste.
Brew Some Tea
If tea is your thing, brew some hibiscus tea and add some cinnamon sticks and orange segments to it. Hibiscus tea is delicious hot and cold and has a naturally sweet taste. When you’re craving something sweet, this tea is a great option because it’s high in nutrients and antioxidants, but it also fills you up thanks to its volume — it’s a drink, after all.
Sweet potatoes, carrots and butternut squash are a few sweet vegetables you should consider when craving something sugary. These vegetables are naturally sweet, high in fiber and packed with nutrients, which is an excellent combo when trying to curb your sweet cravings.
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Greek yogurt parfait is another creamy frozen treat you can try. Dietitians recommend mixing zero fat Greek yogurt with high-fiber fruit such as blueberries or raspberries. Additionally, you can sprinkle some flaxseed to get a more crunchy texture. The yogurt contains 9g of sugar and 20g of protein, which adds up 120 calories, which is not bad. Flaxseed is high in omega-3 fats, while raspberries have 9g of fiber.
Frozen grapes are an ideal subzero food that you can pop in your mouth to respond to your midday sugar cravings. Frozen grapes don’t get rock solid when they’re frozen, but rather have a creamy consistency, while being firm enough to bite on. Just spread some grapes in a layer on a baking sheet and store it in an airtight bag in your freezer to enjoy them later on.