Let me tell you something that happens to us on a regular basis. Heather and I will each fix a super healthy meal. I’m talking about including all the right elements—half a plate of veggies, a smart carb and a healthy protein like grilled chicken or shrimp. Whoo-hoo! We congratulate ourselves on being in control of our health, and frankly, feel somewhat smug.
Unfortunately this is when those sneaky sugar cravings kick in HUGE and we need a sweet treat. Pronto.
Does this ever happen to you? Come on, we know it does. 😉
And then do you hop in your car and drive to Dairy Queen or perhaps convince your partner to head out for a pint of ice cream or a cherry pie? (We’re guilty of all three!)
Plan for Snacks
Here is the moral of the story: Try not to wreck a good food day by inhaling half a day’s worth of calories at the end of a light and savory meal. Easier said than done, right? The trick is to be prepared. You don’t have to be a strict and ultra-organized meal planner to keep healthy snack options on hand.
We can help
Take a look at our go-to options for feeding that sweet treat craving:
- Honeycrisp apples with peanut butter. You can’t go wrong with a good Honeycrisp apple. They are crunchy, juicy and even the pickiest eater in my house loves them. If you can’t find the Honeycrisp variety, any type of apple will work. We like to slice one apple and then fill a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of reduced fat peanut butter. Dip the apple slices in the peanut butter for a protein and fiber packed snack that won’t wreck your food day. Wondering about calories? The Lose It food tracking app claims this sweet treat comes in at 210 calories. If that sounds high for you, use a small or medium-sized apple and you’ll save around 35 calories.
- Dark chocolate. Not a fan of bitter chocolate? I wasn’t thrilled with dark chocolate the first few times I tried it, but now I’m in love. In fact, when I’m in the mood for a chocolate-y sweet treat, I must have dark chocolate. Milk chocolate tastes somewhat cheap now. If you’re not on board yet with dark chocolate, I recommend trying a few squares now and then. Dark chocolate’s nutritional benefits are awesome. Furthermore, once you acquire a taste for it, dark chocolate is a very satisfying dessert or snack. Heather and I prefer Trader Joe’s 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate bars. Three square pieces are only 70 calories; we have these on hand all the time.
- Homemade brand Cherry Cordial Yogurt. Listen, we saved the best option for last. This frozen yogurt product is available at our local grocery store and it’s delicious. Homemade is the brand name. The carton looks like a normal ice cream container and make sure to buy the one that says “yogurt” and not “ice cream.” I’m telling you that this frozen yogurt (with live cultures-yay!) is the best sweet treat I’ve had in a while. And guess what? Each ½ cup contains a measly 150 calories. Dessert is served!
No Disclaimer Here
Finally, Heather and I are not being paid for recommending the products in this post. Like we’ve said before, we’re just regular people trying our best to stay healthy. We are always on the lookout for low calorie snacks and we’ve decided to share our current favorites.
Let us know the foods you turn to for sweet treats; we would love to hear from you!
By the way, cherry pie is my absolute favorite indulgence. I’ve never found a recipe that cuts the sugar while still tasting like a delicious cherry/pastry dream. Anyone have any suggestions for us on lightening up one of our fave desserts?