Is your sweet tooth the biggest hurdle as you embark upon a weight loss journey? You have our full sympathy and along with that a list of healthy alternatives to keep you and your palette happy.
- Gur (jaggery) and chana
A perfect combination of protein and natural sugar, it is nutritious and will dull all your sweet cravings. But take it easy, as gur is high on calories (approx. 4 per gram).
- Dark Chocolate
It should be renamed guilt-free sweet tooth pleaser in a wrapper. Dark chocolate is all about antioxidants, and a sweet craving quencher as well. Make sure you check the packaging for added fat and sugar.
These little dried beauties are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber and vitamin A1, C and B. A lunch date with the dates is a good idea as they pack no cholesterol and are also low on fat.
- Peanut Butter
Just like you, we were also under the impression that peanut butter is pure gluttony. Turns out (to our joy) that it’s actually full of protein and fiber, and will keep you feeling full for a long time. It contains the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium (good for bones) and immunity boosting vitamin B6. Just be smart and make sure your brand doesn’t have any added sugar and oil.
Mix unsweetened yogurt with the goodness of some fresh fruits, and your sweet tooth will thank you, as will your belly. Remember that frozen yogurt is good in small servings, and contains varying amounts of probiotics and fiber. We repeat, stay away from the sugary toppings.
Smother yourself with some smoothie love, as it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Combine it with unsweetened yogurt and experiment with different fruits and other healthy ingredients to come up with your own flavour.
- Fresh Fruits
This one’s so obvious yet the most ignored of the lot. Embrace nature and its lovely presents to us mortals – go for fruits low on sugar such as papaya, guavas, bananas, pears, oranges, watermelon, jamuns and apples. Also, indulge in fruits that are high on sugar, albeit in moderation, such as pineapples, mangos, sharifa (custard apple) and grapes.
Honey is a healthy alternative to table sugar. It has a lower glycemic index and therefore does not raise blood sugar level as quickly as table sugar. It’s also sweeter than table sugar, so you will end up using less. However, its high on calories hence keep an eye on the amount you use.
- Sugar substitutes
Stevia is completely natural, herbal, calorie free sweetener and can be used to make sugar-free desserts. Use judiciously to satisfy your sweet tooth without hindering your weight loss efforts.
Just one bite: It’s impolite to always say “no” to sweet offerings from people, so take a teeny bite. We, at FitNut, believe you should give yourself a break sometimes.