I don’t believe in deprivation. In fact, my clients call me the “Substitute Queen” because most battle a serious sugar addiction and I help them eliminate it for good. Then we have to deal with the emotions.
Until then, it’s really all about creativity and experimentation. Below are a three easy suggestions to satisfy almost any sweet tooth, without serious deprivation. Each option is healthy, too, and increases the amount of quality nutrition you're consuming!!
1. Try a handful of nuts and seeds to replace cookie or brownie cravings.
Did you know your sweet tooth can be curbed by eating healthy fat? Skip the baked goods and reach for a small handful (8-10) of macadamia nuts or walnuts. These are incredibly satisfying and have awesome fat this feeds your brain and lubes your joints so you can avoid the aches and pains. Other options include sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Fat has a bad rap. Healthy fat in moderation is actually critical and super good for you. It's the unhealthy fats that cause all the problems!
2. Skip the fruity candy and reach for mulberries.
Wow, wow, wow. It was an exciting day when I stumbled upon mulberries. Talk about underpromising and overdelivering! These mini-pine-cone-looking things are so yummy I can’t say enough! To top it all off, they're super low in calories and sugar and are loaded with antioxidants! Stay tuned; these are about to become the next big “superfood” craze.
3. Learn to love chocolate smoothies.
BUT I HAVE A CHOCOLATE ADDICTION AND DON’T WANT TO GIVE IT UP! Don’t we all? Seriously. But that candy bar is addictive and far too convenient. Swap the highly processed, chemical-infested chocolate bar (even most of the “healthy” ones add soy lecithin) for a yummy chocolate beverage:
Blend together 2 tablespoons organic, raw cacao powder; a dash of liquid stevia; and warm water or almond milk.
Hold it in your hands and slurp with happiness and satisfaction.
Oh wait, you wanted something cold? Start with a small amount of hot liquid to mix the cacao, and then add the cold liquid of your choice and a bit of ice. This beverage will give you a healthy, solid dose of potent magnesium, antioxidants, fiber, and more. Plus there's plenty of TLC, as this drink is incredibly comforting!
So there you have it: three super-easy ideas to avoid the vending machine, baked goods, and late night runs to a convenience store for a pint of ice cream.