It’s a Thursday night and you’re sipping on your second glass of pink cupcake moscato wine. What’s that calling your name? That Pillsbury pull-apart-cookie dough in the fridge that you swore you wouldn’t touch tonight. But, oh my gosh, it sounds amazing!
Sadly, you’re on the 21 day fix, it’s your fifth consecutive day at the gym, and you just CANNOT compromise it with that cookie dough. So, what do you do? Swap that cookie dough (or whatever else you are craving) with something a bit healthier! Here are 10 amazingly delicious, yet healthy desserts to help you stay on track.
1. Frozen fruit
This is the perfect snack when you want something sweet. Don’t worry too much about sugar, they are all natural and a better substitute to the refined ones, chock full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants!
2. All natural applesauce
The natural sugar in this sweet treat is a great trade for that Hershey’s bar. Not only will you quiet down your sweet tooth, but you will get a dose of your Vitamin C and Fiber intake for the day. You can combine it with almonds or peanut butter to add a little protein, too.
3. Greek yogurt
The possibilities are endless with this wonderful swap. You can top it with frozen fruit, honey, or even some dark chocolate chips. Try freezing it to make a frozen Greek yogurt treat to pair with your “Friends” marathon, or whip up a parfait as a great mid-morning snack. This yogurt has a good amount of protein, probiotics, vitamin B12, potassium and calcium.
4. Dark chocolate
Haven’t you heard? Dark chocolate is healthy (in small doses)! Having a handful of dark chocolate chips or a few bites of a chocolate bar is a perfect fit for those sweet cravings as it’s packed with beneficial minerals. It is also good for the heart and circulation. But remember ladies…just a handful!
Frozen bananas are awesome on a warm summer night. Or any night for that matter. Try dipping them in some dark chocolate or peanut butter for a little sweet kick. You can also try banana chips or even mix bananas with frozen yogurt. These tasty fruit provide a great energy punch and they are high in potassium.
6. Peanut butter
My favorite go-to sweet treat is a spoonful of all-natural peanut butter. It is a great source of protein after a late night workout and helps take care of that need for something sweet, without going overboard. Add it to an apple or pear for that perfect sweet and salty combo.
I always crave crunch, it is the absolute weirdest craving, but seriously, I love the crunch. To make popcorn super healthy, get the unsalted, un-buttered kind, and add your own seasoning when it comes out of the microwave. I found that cinnamon is awesome with sea salt. You can also spread popped popcorn on a baking sheet, melt a handful of those dark chocolate chips in the microwave and drizzle it over your popcorn. A great source of whole grains, fiber and antioxidants.
8. Jello Pudding
This swap for ice cream is perfect as ice cream can contain over 15 grams of fat. Swap out your favorite flavor ice cream for an awesome flavored Jell-O, like Lemon Meringue Pie. Mix in your favorite fruits for some added nutrition, but don’t forget about moderation!
9. Cool Whip
Cool Whip happens to be both me and my mom’s favorite treat to have with our ladies night movie marathon. We always say we will have just a few scoops because it only has 12.5 calories per tablespoon, but we end up eating the whole tub. Our favorite way to eat it is frozen and mixed with peanut butter; it’s almost like frozen yogurt, but sweeter!
10. Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie
These can be the perfect dessert after a hard workout to not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but get in your daily dietary needs. Try adding chocolate protein powder or chocolate milk to help make it a little sweeter. Honey is also a great additive to for extra sweetness. Usually smoothies are made from a mix of milk and juice, fruits like berries or bananas and protein energy, like peanut butter, Greek yogurt or powder.
Fear no more! These 10 healthy dessert options can help you stay on track while also filling that oh so aching need for something sweet.
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