Healthy Snacks that will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Do you ever have those days where you are craving something sweet but you don’t want to ruin how good you’ve been doing!? So you decide to do some googling online but the only alternative you can find are things like fruit, yogurt, gum etc. I’m sorry but just fruit is not going to stop my craving from wanting cake and ice cream or cookies nor is it going to be satisfying.

Well I have some solutions for you!

Sometimes with healthy alternatives you have to think outside of the box because it’s probably something you’re not use to or you have to get in the mind set of thinking “What can I do to make this sweet treat healthier?” Don’t get me wrong, these ideas are not as healthy as a chicken, rice and veggie meal but when you’re craving something sweet and you don’t want to totally ruin your diet then these can be your go to!

This just might be my favorite post of all time because I love food and I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth, so these snacks are the best healthy alternatives! Remember in my about me section, I said I’m not the best cook so every recipe I post will be simple, well that still stands! It gets even better though because some of these healthy alternatives I found at the store, so there is no baking or cooking involved.

Before I reveal my favorite snacks, I want you to think about a time when you tried going on an extremely strict diet, do you remember how you felt or what you did? You probably gave in to the cravings and had a little binge fest on sweets, right? If you did, don’t feel guilty about it because you’re not alone, I have done it myself… multiple times! Believe it or not, I can’t go a day without a sweet, but in the end it actually helps me and my fitness goals. I have found personally that if I cut out sweets 100% I will start to crave something sweet and will most likely binge. When I add just a small treat at the end of the day I tend not to binge or crave or feel like I NEED a sweet.

Strawberries with Whipped Cream
and Chocolate Chips

Strawberries and whipped cream has always been one of my favorite snacks when I’m really craving something sweet. This is super easy to make because you just cut up some strawberries, add a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle on some chocolate chips! You may have the urge to load on the whip cream but the sweetness of the strawberries and a lot of whipped cream could be a little over powering.

From the pictures above, you can see that I am using the dairy free coconut milk whipped cream and dairy/gluten free chocolate chips but if you’d rather have the regular whipped cream and chocolate chips, it’ll taste the same! These are two great alternatives if you can’t have dairy or gluten products, and they still taste delicious!

Ingredients:
– 6 strawberries (or how ever many you want)
– Coconut Whip cream
– Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions:
1. Cut tops off strawberries and cut in chunks into a bowl
2. Add whip cream to your liking.
3. Top with chocolate chips.

Nutrition facts:
– Coconut Whipped Cream (1 serving = 2 tablespoons or 5g)
Calories: 10 Protein: 0g Sugars: 1g Carbs: 1g Fat: 1g
– Banana (1 serving = 1/4 banana)
Calories: 26 Protein: .3g Sugars: 3.5g Carbs: 6.8g Fat: .1g
– Mini Chocolate Chips (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)
Calories: 70 Protein: 1g Sugars: 8g Carbs: 9g Fat: 5g
– Strawberries (6 strawberries)
Calories: 24 Protein: .6g Sugars: 3.6g Carbs: 5.4g Fat: .2g

Chocolate Peanut Butter
Protein Smoothie

If you love smoothies, chocolate, and peanut butter then you will LOVE this smoothie. This healthy snack can tend to be a little high in calories (depending on your needs), however it’s a great source of protein and tastes amazing!

Ingredients:
– PB2 Peanut Butter Powder
– Core Nutritionals ISO Ultra- Pure Whey Protein Isolate – Chocolate
– Half a banana
– Ice Cubes
– Vanilla Almond Milk (Unsweetened)

Instructions:
1. Pour all ingredients into a blender
2. Blend until smooth
3. Pour into glass

Nutrition facts:
– PB2 Peanut Butter Powder (1 serving = 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 50 Protein: 5g Sugars: 2g Carbs: 5g Fat: 1.5g
– Banana (1 serving = 1/2 banana)
Calories: 52 Protein: .6g Sugars: 7g Carbs: 13.5g Fat: .2g
– Chocolate Whey Protein (1 serving = 1 scoop)
Calories: 105 Protein: 23g Sugars: 0g Carbs: 1g Fat: 1g
– Vanilla Almond Milk (1 serving = 1/2 cup)
Calories: 40 Protein: .5g Sugars: 6.5g Carbs: 7g Fat: 1.2g

Banana Cinnamon
Rice Cake

This snack is delicious and also one of my favorites! Guess what!? This snack is also super easy to make, I use about a 1/4 of a banana, tablespoon of peanut butter, chocolate chips and a plain rice cake. If you wanted more of a chocolate taste, you could always use a chocolate rice cake instead of a plain rice cake.

I’m currently training for a marathon right now, so I’m not too strict on my macros as I feel like a can eat the world most days, but you can definitely cater this to your needs and make it fit into your macros or calorie intake. HECK, if you just want to splurge a little, go for it!

Ingredients:
– 1/4 banana
– Peanutbutter
– Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips
– Plain Rice Cake
– Cinnamon

Instructions:
1. In a small bowl, mash the 1/4 banana until a creamy consistency. Then add a dash of cinnamon (optional).
2. Spread a layer of peanut butter onto the rice cake.
3. Spread banana mixture on top of the peanut butter
4. Sprinkle on chocolate chips.

Nutrition facts:
– Banana (1 serving = 1/4 banana)
Calories: 26 Protein: .3g Sugars: 3.5g Carbs: 6.8g Fat: .1g
– Mini Chocolate Chips (1 serving = 1/2 tablespoon)
Calories: 35 Protein: .5g Sugars: 8g Carbs: 4.5g Fat: 2.5g
– Peanut Better (1 serving = 1 tablespoon)
Calories: 95 Protein: 3.5g Sugars: 1.5g Carbs: 4g Fat: 8g
– Rice Cake (1 serving = 1 cake)
Calories: 50 Protein: 1g Sugars: 0g Carbs: 11g Fat: 0g

Chocolate Hummus

You’re probably thinking that this sounds repulsive, right? One of my best friends had mentioned chocolate hummus to me and I’m like “that sounds disgusting…” She said I just had to try it, but I didn’t give in until a month or so later and I was so mad that I waited so long because it’s DELICIOUS! You can’t knock it until you try it, am I right?

I found this particular one shown above at Target, they also had a snicker doodle one that I will most likely be trying in the near future. The chocolate hummus is almost like a chocolate spread type of texture, it’s a snack that you can put on fruit or even crackers. This is also another great dairy/gluten free alternative to a regular chocolate spread, but I’m telling you, you have to give it a shot, whether you like hummus or not!

Nutrition facts:
– Chocolate Hummus (1 serving = 2 tablespoons)
Calories: 80 Protein: 1g Sugars: 4g Carbs: 7g Fat: 6g

Hot Chocolate
with Whipped Cream

This is a very simple and easy snack that I feel like most people forget about, and it’s great for winter time! Who doesn’t love hot chocolate?! It’s a great treat when you are craving chocolate, you can even top it with a little whipped cream if you like. If you want to get a little crazy, my dad usually tops his hot cocoa off with a little fluff, which is also really good! Or if you’re simple and just want that chocolate flavor, you can skip the fluff and whipped cream.

Please note that the hot chocolate I used is NOT dairy free, but I find this to be a great alternative for people that can have dairy in their diet.

Nutrition facts:
– Coconut Whipped Cream (1 serving = 2 tablespoons or 5g)
Calories: 10 Protein: 0g Sugars: 1g Carbs: 1g Fat: 1g
– Miss Swiss Hot Chocolate (1 serving = 1 packet)
Calories: 90 Protein: 1g Sugars: 11g Carbs: 16g Fat: 2g

Vega Protein Snack Bar

These are my favorite protein bars that will be a go to if I’m craving something savory and sweet! These protein bars are plant based and come in flavors such as chocolate caramel, chocolate peanut butter, blueberry oat and coconut almond. I think by far my favorite is the coconut almond.

This is also a snack that I can easily bring with me, or keep at work for when I’m craving something sweet, I can grab a protein bar rather than digging into the candy jar at my co workers cubicle.

Nutrition facts:
– Snack Bar
Calories: 190 Protein: 10g Sugars: 11g Carbs: 22g Fat: 8g

ENJOY YOUR SWEETS!

2 Comments Add yours

    1. Thank you! I might have been drooling making everything!

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