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9 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

9 Healthy Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
― David MametBoston Marriage

If you exclaimed ‘oh yes’ to this, you are like me–a lover of things sweet. There is no doubt about it: Sugar feeds your body’s pleasure centers, and satisfies the very soul. But the truth is, sugar is linked to metabolic problems and even cancer. And Americans get more than 355 daily calories from added sugar. The recommended limit as set out by the American Heart Association is only 100 calories per day for women and 150 for men.

Most of us know this, but when dinner is done and the craving for sugar kicks in, it is hard to resist. That’s when you need the right tips and treats to keep yourself from biting into a sinful dessert. Here are some I have found really useful:

  • Wait for 15 minutes after a meal. The urge to eat something sweet is strongest just after you have finished your main course. But give it a little gap, and it passes. Do something to engage yourself for those 15 minutes–take a walk, maybe, or lie down and listen to some soothing music.
  • Make sure you are eating enough protein. According to Ayurvedic physician John Douillard, sugar cravings are your body’s way of telling you to boost up your protein intake.
  • When baking, use fruits and spices such as cinnamon and cardamom to sweeten food instead of refined sugar.
  • Dark chocolate. It contains antioxidants which decrease blood pressure, improve heart health, and lift your mood. For a deeper flavor and more satisfaction, add a few walnuts to the chocolate.  Limit yourself to 2 squares at the most, because dark chocolate is also high in calories.
  • Just a few frozen grapes. They taste like popsicle and make that sweet tooth very happy!
  • Low-fat frozen yogurt, with fresh fruit chopped and tossed in. I use sweet, juicy fruits such as mango, pineapple and strawberries to make this so that there is no need for sugar. You can add some granola, crushed nuts or graham cracker crumbs to this homemade parfait for an even yummier flavor and more nutritive benefits.
  • Ricotta or cottage cheese, whisked in a blender and drizzled with a little honey. Add crushed cardamom pods and/or a little saffron to create a sweet delight that gives you calcium and better immunity, without the calories!
  • A digestive biscuit, smeared with marmalade, and eaten slowly! Or, two graham crackers with peanut butter–instant protein boost.
  • Fresh fruit. It doesn’t get any simpler–and tastier, I think.

Please share your own ideas for sweet treats that satisfy the urge for dessert without the added sugar!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:46AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Thanks Shubhra ~ always some sensible advice

7:16PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

I'll try the frozen grapes, tks, and, of course, I love dark chocolate. But there are some things that I love, like chocolate cake or french pastries. It's not that I eat them everyday, only once in a while, but that's my sin, I admit.

9:02AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Low-fat frozen yogurt, with fresh fruit chopped and tossed in :3 *runs, goes to the fridge and looks for something to eat*

1:20PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

11:07AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks for the suggestion. I like the one that say to wait for 15 minutes after a meal. I've always preferred any dessert (fruit included) to be some time after I finish eating a meal; I'm usually too full and can't enjoy its taste anyway.

5:08AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks

12:34AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

2:46PM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Or you could have a Mars bar.

7:59AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

thanks

11:55PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thanks----great tips.....I will remember.

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