5 top ways to curb a Sugar Craving! Dietwise healthier suggestions for those with a sweet tooth.....
Sugar seems to be receiving some ‘bad press’ at the moment, especially the amount that is found in the popular snacks and drinks that we and our children eat. If all the attention has left you feeling a little ‘sticky’ about enjoying it, or if you are one of the many people who have strong sugar cravings, the following dietitian tips might just help you....
Despite the ‘hype’ about fruit sugar, pieces of fruit contain far less sugar than shop bought cakes, biscuits and fizzy sweetened drinks. They have the added bonus of fibre and vitamins too. So go on....enjoy it! Here are a few tips to help you....
- Frozen grapes, bananas and mango – perfect in little frozen pieces to have at hand when a craving hits
- Chocolate dipped - melt a little of your favourite chocolate and dip strawberries, bananas or any other fruit you fancy. Roll in sprinkles or chopped nuts and leave to set.
- Fruit Smoothies – puree your favourite fruit with a little low fat natural yoghurt, semi skimmed milk and artificial sweetener.
- Popcorn – try a homemade healthier alternative to the shop bought variety. Pop your popcorn (great fun) and then dust with a little coco or low calorie hot chocolate powder. Mot quite sweet enough? Melt about 1 tablespoon of chocolate spread in a tub with a lid. Add lots of popcorn and then toss and shake the tub with the lid on for a light coating that is sure to satisfy you!
- Hot chocolate- make sure you choose one that is low in both fat and sugar. Make up a nice drink either with water and using semi skimmed milk , sprinkle with chocolate shavings and crush a craving instantly!
- Dips and drops – Try mixing some low fat crème frais or Greek yoghurt with low calorie hot chocolate powder, dip your favourite fruit pieces. Yoghurt also freezes really well – mix some soft fruit - raspberries, apricots or blueberries into low fat yoghurt and a touch of artificial sweetener. Use a teaspoon to drop them onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Freeze the drops until solid. Scoop them up, place in a bag and leave in the freezer until you are read y for a little sweet treat!
- Go nuts! – Some people worry about the energy content of nuts as they are a natural source of fat. The good news is that the fats in nuts is healthier for us than most, so provided we eat them in moderation, they are a great alternative to some of the sugary and sweet snacks we are often tempted with . Try mixing your favourite nuts with dried fruit like raisins, cranberries and dates. Throw in a few chocolate drops to make then extra special.