Are you one of those people that always craves – no – needs a sweet treat after dinner? Or any time of the day for that matter? Don’t worry, us too. Craving something sweet is basically coded in our DNA. Okay, there’s currently no scientific evidence to prove that, but we like to believe it’s true. There is some evidence to suggest that consuming sugar after a meal enhances the absorption of the amino acid tryptophan found in some foods, which increases our levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of happiness. Maybe it is in our DNA!
Anyway, whatever the reasoning, our desire for a sweet snack every now and again is real. While indulging in a sugary treat once in a while won’t harm us, making it a daily habit could lead to preventable diseases like obesity and diabetes. The good news? There are ways to satisfy your sugar cravings in a healthier way. How? Why, healthy sweet snacks of course. At the end of the day, when it comes to being healthy, sweet treats don’t have to be off-limits. It’s just a matter of making better, healthier choices, like the ones below.
Banana ‘Nice’ Cream
We love banana ‘nice’ cream, especially during the summer months. It’s so easy to whip up and is made with 100% natural ingredients. All you need to do is blend frozen banana with nut milk and a healthy sweetener of choice (optional) and you’re done. Frozen, banana goodness that looks like ice-cream, tastes amazing and is completely healthy – yes, please!
Dark-Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Who doesn’t love dark-chocolate covered strawberries? You can either melt some dark chocolate and dip the strawberries into the chocolate sauce, or coat the strawberries with chocolate and set them in the fridge until the coating has hardened.
A timeless classic, yoghurt parfait is a delicious and healthy sweet snack that’ll definitely satiate those sugar cravings. Simply top one cup of Greek yoghurt with toppings of your choice. We love chia seeds, fruit, granola and cacao nibs.
You will not find a healthy sweet snack that is better for you than fresh fruit. Any piece of fresh fruit in its natural form will satiate those sweet cravings. Plus, you get the added benefit of plenty of nutrients and fibre.
Healthy Chocolate Milk
Chocolate milk that comes in powdered form is filled with preservatives and added sugars. However, there is a healthier and some might argue tastier way to make chocolate milk. All you need is to mix cacao powder and maple syrup (or another sweetener of choice) with boiling water and add a dash of nut milk. Or, for a creamier chocolate milk, heat up your choice of nut milk in a saucepan and stir in the cacao powder and sweetener.
Frozen Grapes or Watermelon
A true Aussie summer classic, munching on frozen grapes or watermelon is a delicious and fun way to get your sugar hit. Just be mindful you don’t go overboard as both grapes and watermelon do contain a lot of sugar (even if it is natural).
While a fruit smoothie may be too filling as a snack for some people, if you’re craving a healthy sweet snack and are quite hungry, try a fruit smoothie. Blend your favourite fruits, nut milk and sweetener of choice, and you’re good to go.
We just love homemade fruit ice-blocks. Easy to make and with no added sugar, they are one of our go-to healthy sweet snacks. Simply puree watermelon chunks (or fruit chunks of your choice), add some coconut water or regular water, pour into ice-block molds, freeze and enjoy.
Fruit and Nut Mix (with Dark Chocolate)
A small serving of fruit and nut mix with a few pieces of dark chocolate makes for the perfect healthy sweet snack. Not to mention this healthy snack also packs a huge nutritional punch!
We hope we’ve given you some simple and delicious ideas on how to make healthier choices when you’re craving something sweet. Now if you’ll excuse us, we think it’s just about dessert o’clock …