Anyway, today's post is about something that's really important to me, when trying to lose weight. I have always heard "No ______" (fill in the blank with what you crave most often). For me, it's "No Sweets". Well, if you crave it, your body wants it! So, if I didn't satisfy that craving healthily, it would, at some point, break me, and I'd head to my nearest drugstore and pick up a bag of candy. Not that I wanted to do this, or would recommend it, I'm just being real.
So, instead of totally negating my craving for something sweet, this time around I'm acknowledging my want, and satisfying it with something healthy. That's my tip. No matter if you want sweet, salty, carbs, etc. try researching a couple healthy alternatives! So, since my weakness is sweets, I'm going to share some of my healthy options today!
1. Favorite Fruits
2. Sweet PotatoI have a thing for sweet potatoes right now. They are full of nutrients for your body, yet very sweet! They are a superfood, and they taste great too. There are several ways I like to eat sweet potato: I'll cut them into bite-size chunks and roast them in the oven with some salt pepper and EVOO, I love them in chips (check the ones below as a healthy option!), and mashed, they're pretty delish!
You didn't think it would all be fruits and veggies, did you?! Because I know I can't live like that before craving something a little different. I am a major tea and coffee drinker, and usually go for Sugar in the Raw. But if I'm feeling a little bit healthier, I go for honey or Truvia (a sweetener from the Stevia plant). Now, the thing about sweeteners, is having it be balanced. Don't sprinkle it over every single meal, but a little bit in your morning drink of choice isn't a horrible thing!
What? It's a childhood classic, but both are so sweet, they are great for satisfying the sweet tooth! I grab a bag of frozen peas, cut up some carrots, and either sauté them or even just boil them! It's so easy, and it's a filling and yummy afternoon snack!
Now, here's a tip: blend a banana with a favorite berry, freeze it, and you get a healthy sorbet! Perfect for those days when you're craving ice cream!
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