Are you craving something sweet? Try one of these healthier alternatives instead of reaching for a sugary treat.
1. Fresh fruit -- Slice up some apples with peanut butter or make a fruit salad. Ripe berries are naturally sweet so they make a great quick snack. If you don't want to take the time to cut your fruit, do it all in advance before the week starts. We often slice apples, peel oranges and/or make fruit salad in our home on Sunday, our meal prep day. Then, when we get a hankering for something sweet, we can just grab a container of fruit out of our fridge and it's convenient.
2. Nuts -- Aldi sells these packages of raw mixed nuts that we like to buy. One is almond, pecans and pistachios and another is walnut, cashews and macadamia nuts. Protein is a great way to combat a sugar craving so reach for nuts instead! Maybe try coating the nuts in coconut oil then covering with cinnamon and stevia. Toast them in the oven and you've got a great slightly sweet snack.
3. Smoothies -- make a fruit smoothie with some kefir or yogurt. The probiotics will be great for you! If you are craving chocolate, grab some banana, peanut butter, almond milk and cocoa powder. Then you've got a healthier chocolate milkshake!
4. Dried fruit -- Now you have to be careful with dried fruit because it often has added sugar or corn syrup. Raisins and dates are usually safe and both have a natural sweetness. Just make sure to check the labels first.
5. Infused water -- Use fresh fruit, veggies and herbs to develop a variety of interesting water flavors. Watermelon and basil, cucumber and lime, strawberry and lemon, the list goes on! Make a pitcher ahead of time so you can just grab a glass when the cravings hit.