5 Healthier Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

I have a massive sweet tooth. Yes, I could head to Dunkin' and shovel a dozen Munchkins down my throat, but...that is in direct conflict with my desire to fit into my clothes. Not very healthy. How do you satisfy a sweet tooth without ruining your diet? (And by diet I mean healthy eating regimen, not crazy cabbage soup only type of thing).

I found 5 healthier ways to satisfy my sweet tooth, and hopefully they work for you as well!

Betsy's Best: Nut and Seed Butters

All the jars of healthy, natural nut butters I have tried in the past were fairly tasteless, runny and fairly bland. When I received Besty's to try, I admit I was skeptical...until I dipped a spoon in and had my first taste. I was half a jar in when I came out of my food trance and had to force myself to twist the lid back on. Honestly, this is some of the best food I have tasted- completely addictive. This line of butters was created by Betsy Opyt, a registered Dietitian and certified personal trainer, so you know this is full of super foods like chia seeds and healthy oils and free of chemicals and artificial ingredients.

I sampled two flavors- Cardamom Cashew Butter and Cinnamon Almond Butter, and both had a unique texture and flavor profile. The Cardamom added a bit of savory, while the cinnamon was just sweet enough to prevent me from wanting to eat a dozen candy bars in rapid succession during a sugar craving. Here's the sweetest part- a 2 tablespoon serving has only 3 grams of sugar. Slather it on sliced apples or sandwich it in a crepe....or spoon it out of the jar while you hide in the pantry from your kids like I do.

Grab it on Amazon here- $14.99 for 12 oz, and worth every single penny.

Whipped Cream

Every time I am at Trader Joe's, I ask my checkout gal or guy what their favorite product in the store is. A few years ago, the cashier told me about their Whipped Cream- he said that I would never purchase Reddi Whip again. That prophecy came true the minute I sampled Cabot Whipped Cream- it tastes just like fresh made whipped cream but fluffier and easier to dispense. It doesn't contain corn syrup like most whipped creams in a can, but instead uses natural vanilla flavor. I use it in my coffee every day in lieu of adding sugar, and top fresh berries with it for dessert. Instead of ice cream or sorbet, I add this whipped cream to frozen cherries or blueberries and mix it around until it coats them.

With only 15 calories per 2 tablespoon, this makes the perfect substitute to sprinkling sugar on anything. And hey, if you eat it directly from the can, I won't judge you...I will probably be right there next to you doing the same thing. Their website has a product locator, so plug in your zip code and see where you can grab this. I buy it three cans at a time to stock up!

Chocolate Covered Bananas

I remember eating chocolate-covered bananas at Cedar Point when I was a little kid- it was the ultimate treat during the summertime and totally exotic to a small town kid like me. Fast forward oh, a few dozen years and they are now available in convenient little treat packs in the grocery store. I have had both Diana's Bananas and the Trader Joe's version, both of which are delish. Diana's Bananas only has 100 calories per 4 pieces- just enough to satisfy that sugar craving without damaging your diet.

 Photo: Martha Stewart

Want to make your own? Martha Stewart has a recipe on her website, but c'mon....just melt the chocolate, dip the bananas and pop in the freezer.

Kind Bars

I was first introduced to Kind Bars by Stephanie Mansour, a Health & Fitness Expert that I met in the Green Room before a Fox 32 segment. She was talking about exercise apparel, and me...I don't even remember what I was jabbering on about on camera. Anyways, I signed up for her free 21 day challenge and found that she recommended Kind Bars because they have a low glycemic index, are made of nutritionally-dense ingredients like whole nuts and fruit, and well...they just taste really darn good.  I don't eat these daily, but if I get a craving for say, Salted Caramel Ice Cream, I reach for their Caramel Almond and Sea Salt Bar.


Every Halloween, I buy a box of Count Chocula and hide it from my kids, then I ration out about a cup for myself when I get a craving for all the candy that they bring home. There are a bunch of cereals out there that are healthier than chowing a Snickers or sneaking some Kisses. Multi-Grain Cheerios Dark Chocolate Crunch and Barbara's Puffins are two recommended by Hungry Girl, and I concur.

The major thing about cereal is realizing how much a serving size is, and acknowledging that by adding milk you are adding calories. I usually measure out a serving and eat it sans milk as a snack.

How do you cure those sugar cravings? Do you have favorite treats that satisfy your sweet tooth? Please share!

Cheers to healthy but not I'm-eating-only-kale-and-quinoa-for-the-rest-of-eternity eating styles!


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