Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets

Don't give in the next time you crave sweets, instead try snacking one of these healthy foods and keep yourself on track. Healthy Foods to Eat When You Crave Sweets ~ Tipsaholic.com #healthysnacks #craving

 

 

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Trying to lose weight while battling a sweet tooth? These simple snacks can help keep you on track when the cravings hit. With combinations of nutrients like protein and fiber with small amounts of more natural sugars, you’ll be able to feed your need for sweet without going overboard.

 

Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a great snack and are often sweet enough to ward off the desire for a cookie or two. Use bananas for sweetness, berries for an antioxidant boost, and Greek yogurt for protein. You can even add in mild greens like spinach for extra health benefits without sacrificing flavor. If you need a recipe to get you started, try one of these simple superfood smoothies!

 

Dark chocolate

Chocolate seems to be one of the more irresistible sweets when it comes to cutting back. Dark chocolate is a good alternative for the typical sugar-laden chocolate you may be accustomed to. Remember that the higher the cocoa content, the better the chocolate is for you.

 

Yogurt or a yogurt parfait

Plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt are the best types because they are the lowest in sugar, but mixing in berries or adding a bit of honey can sweeten things up if needed. Make your own parfait by layering the yogurt in a cup with berries and a bit of granola.

 

Plain or chocolate dipped fruits

Fruits like berries and bananas are great foods to grab when a craving rears its ugly head. Plain is obviously best, but the occasional addition of chocolate can make a fruit more like a dessert. Stick with dark chocolate to keep things as healthy as possible.

 

Cottage cheese and fruit

Protein and fiber are the star nutrients in this snack. These and the little bit of sweetness provided by the fruit makes it a well-rounded addition to your afternoon.

 

Trail mix

A trail mix combination of nuts and seeds is a great way to ward off hunger of any kind. Some dried fruit or even a bit of chocolate tossed in may be just enough of a treat to keep your sweet tooth at bay.

 

A cracker or graham cracker with peanut butter

If you want to avoid sugar altogether, a whole-grain cracker is the way to go, but a graham cracker is a great place to start when you crave sweets. Peanut butter contains protein and healthy fats that will knock out any hunger you might feel. Eat a snack like this when the first signs of hunger begin to show and you may be able to stop a craving before it even begins.

 

Flavored popcorn

Plain old microwave or stovetop popcorn can be dressed up with seasonings to make a snack for any afternoon slump. Try one of these recipes for popcorn toppings from Spark People, all for less than 150 calories, too!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Easy, Healthy Snacks and Their Benefits

8 Easy, Healthy Snacks and Their Benefits, tipsaholic

 

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We all know it’s better to snack on almonds than peanuts, or pick up a banana instead of potato chips.  But why?  If you only have a few minutes to grab healthy snacks, which ones should you grab and why are some better than others?  If you want to encourage healthy eating habits in your family, here are some simple, no-stress ideas.  Grab an easy snack and arm yourself with all their health benefits!

 

1. Trail mix – All trail mix is NOT created equal.  Make it yourself, and you know for sure what health benefits you’re getting!  Use a variety of nuts and seeds for vitamins A, C, E, and K, iron, zinc, magnesium and antioxidants.  Add dried fruit for more vitamins and antioxidants, as well as calcium and fiber (but watch portion sizes as they can be loaded with sugar).  Healthy grains can add fiber and keep you fuller longer.  Toss it all with different spices and seasonings and your trail mix will go from boring to gourmet!  For a complete low-down on mixing and matching healthy options in custom trail mix concoctions, click the above link!

 

2. Cracker and Tuna Sandwich - Make sure to use a multigrain cracker – such as a low sodium triscuit or crisp bread.   Healthy grains keep you full longer without eating large portions and are full of fiber and minerals.  Two big bonuses of tuna?  It’s brain food and it’s protein!  It also reduces your risk of stroke and some cancers.  It can lower cholesterol and triglycerides and it’s good for your heart.

 

3. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola - Portable and easy to make, these “sandwiches” are full of healthy protein, thanks to the nuts.  Almond butter is a healthier version of peanut butter, with healthy fats, high fiber content, vitamin E and magnesium and calcium.  Granola contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, iron, fiber and calcium.  Health benefits include energy boosts, weight loss, lower cholesterol, cognitive ability and anemia prevention.

 

4. Avocado Toast – This yummy snack is packed with flavor and a little kick!  The avocado is a power food – it’s chock full of vitamins (E, K, B, C) and folates.  They’ve got a ton of potassium, and are loaded with healthy fat and fiber.  They can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  Olive oil can prevent heart disease, inflammatory diseases and different types of cancers.  It has even been known to counter the effects of aging.  Multigrain bread is packed with fiber and complex carbs, which is great for energy.  It also contains magnesium and essential fatty acids.  All of this can help fight infections, illness and add in tissue reparation, along with helping with metabolism.

 

5. Kale Chips - If you’re craving something super crunchy and bad for you – AKA potato chips – try these instead!  Kale boasts tons of vitamins and minerals – A, C, K, plus iron, copper and potassium.  It also has a bunch of protein packed away and is low calorie.  It’s been shown to help prevent diabetes, cancer and heart disease.  It also aids in digestion, and if that’s not enough, it makes your bones, hair and skin uber healthy!

 

6. Cucumber Roll-ups with Greek Yogurt - These delicious looking roll-ups are the perfect afternoon snack!  Cucumbers have vitamins to spare – K, B, and C – along with potassium and copper.  They’re full of antioxidants and also have unique properties that protect against chronic illness.  They can reduce your risk of cancer, support heart and digestive health and can help manage stress.  They fight inflammation, freshen your breath and protect your brain!  Plus, they are amazing to help you stay hydrated.  Greek yogurt is full of vitamin B, potassium, calcium and protein.  Plus there’s probiotics to aid in digestive health.  Turkey is rich in protein, iron, zinc and potassium.  It’s a lean meat and low in fat.  It can lower cholesterol levels, boost metabolism and strengthen your immune system.

 

7. Skinny Green Popcorn - You can turn soya beans into a delicious, popcorn-like crunchy snack with some seasonings and baking!  Soya beans, AKA edamame, has some key nutritional elements – namely fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals and phytosterols.  Edamame aids in digestion and lowers cholesterol levels.  It can help prevent certain cancers and diabetes.  It also boosts your energy.

 

8. Fresh Fruit Pops – If you’ve got a sweet tooth and can’t ditch the sugary snacks midday, try these frozen treats!  They have only two ingredients – your choice of fresh fruits and coconut water!  Fresh fruit – as we know – is full of vitamins (tons!  A, E, D, C, K, B!) and minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc!) and the coconut water has lots of nutrients too, like potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium.  Put these together?  It’s like a power house.  These pops can aid in weight loss.  They can help with healthy digestion, lower blood pressure, boost your hydration and give you healthy skin.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Treats to Make Using Biscoff Spread

It used to be that one of the reasons I looked forward to taking an airline trip was because I might get a package of Biscoff cookies with my complimentary beverage. Once I discovered that the rich, cinnamon cookies can be purchased at the grocery store, I gave up flying (no, just kidding). So imagine my delight when I discovered Biscoff spread: it’s all the delicious taste of Biscoff cookies in a spreadable format.  Move over, Nutella: there’s a new delicious snack spread in town!

But more than that, I am so excited about all the ways that I can use this delicious treat in a recipe!!

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10 Biscoff Treat Ideas

Great Treats to Make Using Biscoff Spread

 

Baked goods:

1) Biscoff Rice Krispy Treats: What a yummy spin on an old favorite

2) Chewy Biscoff Blondies: A gooey treat that the whole family will love

3) Pumpkin Biscoff Bread: An easy quick bread with great fall flavors

4) Apple Biscoff Bars: The perfect combination of cake and cookie, plus Biscoff and apples

 

Drinks:

5) Biscoff Iced Coffee: Give ho-hum iced coffee a cinnamon-y twist

6) Biscoff Smoothie: Greek yogurt and soy milk make this smoothie a winner

7) Hot Biscoff Milk: A yummy alternative to hot chocolate

Snacks:

8) Biscoff Fruit Dip: An easy after-school snack

9) No-Bake Biscoff Cookies: Cookies that you don’t have to bake? Yes, please!

10) Biscoff Yogurt Parfait: A breakfast parfait, loaded with fruit

 

Any of these great Biscoff treat ideas would be fun to make for your family!  Which one are you going to try?