Low Fat and Low Sugar Suggestions
Finding healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth can be challenging. Not everyone can satisfy their sweet tooth with fruits, even if they are at peak perfection ripeness and could be classified as ‘Fruits from The Garden of Eden.’ If you among this group, you have my sympathies. But, there is good news! If fruit does not fulfill your needs there are many excellent alternatives – healthier dishes that will satisfy your sweet tooth.
The first step is to replace empty-calorie, refined white sugar with unrefined raw sugar or honey. Studies have shown that using unrefined raw sugar or honey instead of white sugar at an average consumption of 130g/day will offer an increased intake of antioxidants equal to the amount found in a single serving of fruits or berries. You can also substitute Stevia™ for sugar. Stevia is an extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant and has zero calories.
Low-Sugar and Low-Fat Ways to Satisfy the Sweet Tooth
Ideas for dishes that will satisfy your sweet tooth without adding a lot of fat and calories:
• Chocolate – delicious! Unfortunately, most commercial chocolates are extremely high in calories, plus loaded with sugar, and offer little nutritional value.
A wonderful way to satisfy the craving for chocolate and get some nutrition at the same time – chocolate covered fruits! Dip your favorite fruit in melted chocolate (preferably dark chocolate) and let it cool. Voila! You have a healthier (than normal chocolate candy) and very satisfying treat. Experiment with different fruits to find your preferred combinations (Strawberries, blueberries, and cherries are my favorite.)
Nuts are also a great choice for dipping – use raw almonds, pecans, and walnuts for the best nutritional value – and enjoy the crunch!
• Ice cream – who doesn’t love ice cream? Ok, maybe some people don’t, but most people do love ice cream, and commercial ice creams are not particularly healthy.
The solution – start making your own. Buy an ice cream maker! Or not! There are many simple methods to make ice cream at home even without an ice cream maker. Check out this article: How to Make Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Machine.
The advantage of making your own ice cream over commercial ice creams is that you can use honey or unrefined raw sugar, fresh fruit; plus, no added preservatives, artificial flavors, or vegetable oil. Yes, I said vegetable oil. Vegetable oil is a common ingredient in many commercial ice creams. I find it interesting that it is listed on the label as edible vegetable oil – what a relief! (LOL) Homemade ice cream will still include cream in the mix; but, you can use low-fat cream.
Try this little trick. Make a fruit smoothie with low-fat milk; a drop or two of vanilla, a handful of ice and you may trick your mind and taste buds into believing that you are drinking a milk shake.
• Yogurt – many people love this alternative. Use Greek low-fat plain yogurt with your favorite fruit, juice of one orange, sweetener (honey, Stevia™, unrefined sugar), and you have a delicious, healthy yogurt smoothie.
Different types of honey work amazingly well with yogurt. You can also freeze the smoothie and enjoy homemade frozen yogurt. I guarantee that it will offer considerably more nutritional value than any commercial frozen yogurt.
• You are lactose intolerant and struggle with a sweet tooth. I know, I know – milk smoothies, frozen yogurts and ice cream will not work for you – but you can still satisfy your cravings.
Try sorbet. Sorbet is basically frozen fruit puree or juice, but churned in order to make it scoopable like ice cream. Add honey or unrefined raw sugar and freeze it using the same method suggested for ice cream noted above. You can also enjoy a chilled fruit slushy, or you can freeze the fruit puree or juice in an ice tray and enjoy frozen fruit popsicles.
• Atkins Nutritional Bars are wonderful products created for those following the low carb Atkins Diet that does not allow consumption of any type of sugar.
These bars are healthy and delicious. Flavors include, brownies, healthy M & M type candies, chocolate bars, peanut butter bars, raspberry breakfast bars, and many more – all 100% sugar free. They also offer a great line of shakes, also sugar free and very tasty – flavors: chocolate, vanilla, coffee and strawberry.
The next time your sweet tooth demands attention, try one of these simple ideas for healthier sweet treats. ENJOY!