Last week we learned about some of the ugly truths about sugar, this week we’ll look at some foods to help you with the sweet cravings and some ways to still indulge without harming yourself or worsening the sugar cravings you already have.
Curb the crave
Plant-based proteins like nuts, nut butters are great to curb the sugar cravings because they fill you up and help to stabilize blood sugar. Grab a tablespoon or two of almond butter or a small handful (1/4 c) of walnuts or almonds the next time you think of reaching for a sweet treat.
Other clean sources of plant-protein work to kill the cravings, like sunflower or pumpkin seeds. These also supply essential fatty acids which help kick the cravings and are great for you.
When you curb the sugar cravings with healthier options you’ll feel so much better and your body will be balanced instead of the high and then low crash. Plus, you’ll also be able to enjoy occasional healthier sweet treats again without the urge to devour the entire cake or box of chocolates.
One treat I love is Chocolate Juice Plus Complete which I use to make a chocolate shake or homemade energy bars. The reason I feel the JPC is superior is because of the ingredients from ancient grains such as amaranth, quinoa and millet along with rice, high fiber and tofu. The sweeteners used are a blend of cane juice, fructose, monkfruit and stevia.
In the winter, baked pairs or apples sprinkled with cinnamon are the perfect dessert. Another of my favorites is Chocolate Mousse made with tofu. I tricked my hubby one night and served this after he told me he’d never eat tofu. Because it tastes like the most delicious chocolate mousse ever, he loved it– but he WAS quite surprised to find out he just ate tofu! This is a wonderful healthy Valentine’s Day dessert too!
Your Action Step for Week 6: Make a new healthy dessert (don’t tell them it’s healthy) to show your family some serious LOVE. Then come here and dish the details to us in the comments below!