Beat the Sweet Cravings

Wellness: Nutrition
7 Ways to Outsmart Your Sweet Tooth

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April 2 2018

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Sometimes moderation is easier said than done, especially if you have a sweet tooth like ours. That's why we like these strategies to help keep sweets in check.

  1. Plan for Dessert

    Being intentional and setting a week's allowance helps you to stay on track with your healthy diet while also allowing you to indulge—especially when it's something you really love.

  2. Think of Fruit as a Sweet Treat

    Sweet fruits such as grapes, kiwis, apples, clementines, ripe bananas, and strawberries can help satisfy that sugary craving. Plus they contain fiber, which helps you feel full. 

  3. Hard Candy

    Hard candies take longer to eat and do not have as many sugar and calories as other desserts. Savor these long-lasting candies whenever a craving hits.

  4. Sugar-less Gum and Mints

    Just like hard candies, gums and mints contain less sugar and calories than other desserts, and many of them have long-lasting flavor.

  5. Dark Chocolate

    When this craving hits, turn to dark chocolate. Since it's rich in flavor, people tend to eat less. Plus, dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and can help boost your mood.

  6. Don't Confuse Hunger with Thirst

    If you get the urge to snack, try drinking a glass of water or a low-calorie beverage. Drinks like tea, coffee, and naturally flavored waters can also help quench a sweet tooth. 

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  7. Enjoy Every Bite

    When you do decide to indulge in a sweet treat, avoid distractions. Instead, take time to savor and truly enjoy each bite.