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During the holidays, I got into the habit of eating dessert after dinner. I crave sweets at night and I can tell that I've gained a couple pounds, but I can't seem to help myself. How can I break this habit without feeling like I'm on a diet or denying myself?
—Got a Sweet Tooth Tori
I totally feel your pain. There's nothing wrong with having a taste of a sweet treat here and there, but between all the pies, cakes, cookies, and chocolates, my body has gotten used to the sugar rush too. You can either go cold turkey, which might be a little depressing and too much of a shock. Or you can taper off the post-dinner sweet treats slowly, so it's less of a shock to both your taste buds and your brain. You can still let yourself eat things that are sweet without piling on the refined sugar that rots your teeth, causes gain weight, and makes you feel like crap. For some healthy sweet ideas,
- A piece of dark chocolate, 1 Tbsp. almonds, and 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
- Fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt or frozen fruit with nonfat whipped topping
- Baked apples
- Frozen grapes
- Banana or apple with 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
- Red ants on a log
- Chocolate ice cubes
I know these things don't even compare to triple chocolate mousse cake, but at least your sweet tooth will be satisfied and your waistline won't have to suffer. If anyone else has any other healthy dessert ideas, please share them below.