Iâ€™ve always been one of those people that needs something sweet after dinner. It doesnâ€™t need to be fancy, just something to satisfy my sweet tooth and stop it from nagging me. But sticking to just a small, sweet snack can be tricky.
Let’s be honest: Anything that seriously satisfies our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of a healthy meal. Though all of these snacks contain sugar, we aimed to find lower-sugar options that offer something beneficial, whether it be a sneaky superfood (like strawberries and grapes) or additional nutrients like fibre or protein. So here are 8 less guilty ways to indulge any sweet tooth.
1. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry
2. Choco-Nut Popcorn
Pop a small bag of natural popcorn and top with 1 tablespoon melted peanut butter and a dusting of cocoa powder. Crunchy and the perfect amount of sweetness! Not sweet enough? Try swapping peanut butter for Nutella.
3. Frozen Chocolate Banana
This is the perfect frozen sweet treat with some extra nutritional punch! Bananas are a great source of vitamins C and B6, and are also packed with fiber and potassium. Peel a banana, cut into two equal halves, and freeze. Once solid, take out and roll in melted dark chocolate. While the chocolateâ€™s still melty, roll in whichever crunchy topping you likeâ€”sprinkles, nuts, and granola all work well! Return to the freezer until the chocolate is set after at least an hour. Enjoy!
4. Yoghurt Parfait
5. Fresh Fruit
Canâ€™t get more simple than this. Any piece of fresh fruit should offer enough natural sugar to fill those cravings. Plus, itâ€™s definitely the healthiest choice and you get added nutrients and fibre.
6. Dark Chocolate
Sorry, friendsâ€”not any old chocolate bar will send you to healthful heaven. But dark chocolate (think more than 70 percent cacao), which lacks all the added fat and sugar of classic milk chocolate, can actually be a healthy treat in moderation. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
7. Cafe Mocha
8. Frozen Grapes
Pop a vine in the freezer for a few hours and out comes a long-lasting, slightly sweet treat packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. The biggest health boost? Resveratrol, which studies suggest may help lower levels of LDL cholesterol and promote blood vessel health.MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid