Sweet and Healthy Food Options: What to Eat When You Want Something Sweet but Healthy

We’ve all been there.

Moments of weakness when we just want something sweet but don’t necessarily want the feeling of guilt that comes after.

If you’re a sweet tooth, we get you. There’s nothing like having some sweet treats to make your day happy and bright. But we all know the health risks that too much sugar can bring into our lives. Don’t worry. Plenty of sweet alternatives can satisfy your sugar cravings without compromising your health goals.

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the best sweet and healthy food options we can indulge in.

1.   Fruit Salad, Fresh Fruits

Fresh fruits are Mother Nature’s gift to sweet tooths like us. They’re naturally sweet and packed with essential vitamins and fibre. Strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, among others, are excellent choices because they contain very little sugar and are packed with healthy antioxidants. Other fruits such as mangoes, oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, and pineapples are also fantastic as they are high in fibre and help you feel full for longer.

Here are some calorie bank facts for you:

  • A single kiwi fruit contains around 42 calories. It’s also interesting to know that one kiwi fruit contains more than a day’s worth of vitamin C, which is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • There are 50 calories in one apple.
  • Half a cup of blueberries contains 40 calories.
  • One cup of watermelon contains roughly 40 calories.

2. Dark Chocolate or Natural, Unsweetened Cocoa

We all love the sugar rush that chocolate offers us. However, chocolate can seem like a big no-no if you’re watching your weight. But you’ll be happy to know that dark chocolate can be a healthy indulgence if you’re a chocolate lover. Look for chocolates with a high percentage of cocoa, at least 70%, and little to no added sugar content. Dark chocolate and natural unsweetened cocoa are high in antioxidants and may help to reduce inflammation in the body. Try snacking on some dark cocoa nibs or putting some cocoa powder in your yogurt.

3. Greek Yogurt

Grab a Mason jar, some of your favourite granola, some Greek yogurt with a honey swirl, and some kiwi chunks, and you’ve got a quick and healthy snack you can enjoy pretty much anywhere.

A Greek yogurt is an excellent option as it’s low in sugar and high in protein. It also helps keep you feeling full, so it’s a great snack to help tide you over until your next meal. You can also add fresh fruits, such as bananas or berries, for some natural sweetness and an exciting twist. If you don’t want fruits, you can also just mix in a teaspoon of honey for some added sweetness.

4. Smoothies

Even though ice cream is a delicious treat, it may not be the healthiest option. If you’re trying to cut back on fat and sugar in your diet but craving some ice cream, why not try getting smoothies instead? Smoothies are a delicious and healthy way to satisfy your icy sweet craving. You can blend your favourite fruits with almond milk, such as bananas, mangoes, or blueberries. You can also opt for a greener smoothie and add a handful of leafy vegetables, such as spinach, for added nutrients. Add in some honey or agave nectar for a bit of sweetness. Just be mindful of your portion size as some smoothies can still be high in calories depending on the ingredients you use.

5. Granola bar with Nuts and Dried Fruit

Go nuts for some nuts! There’s nothing like homemade granola. Mix in some rolled oats, a variety of nuts and seeds, and some dried fruits for flavour and sweetness. Nuts are a great source of protein and healthy fats. Make sure to add some dried fruit, like raisins or dates, to add a little sweet twist. Be sure to choose unsweetened dried fruit and eat them in moderation, as they are high in sugar.

Satisfying your sweet cravings doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your health. By incorporating sweet and healthy food options into your diet, you can indulge in delicious treats that are also good for you. With a bit of creativity and a willingness to experiment with new flavours, you can enjoy sweet and healthy foods that will satisfy your cravings and keep you on the path towards better health.

Craving for healthy sweet treats or maybe some burgers? We got you. We’re here to satisfy whatever you’re looking for. Reach us at 0486 060 606 or email us at ho***@sh**************.au to learn more.

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