There’s nothing quite as craving inducing as something sweet. And what’s life without a little indulgence? Every now and then a big bowl of ice cream or a nice slice of cake is totally called for—but when your sweet tooth is a constant part of your life, it might be time to look for alternatives that not only satisfy your cravings, but do so in the healthiest way possible. Here are a few of our favorite HEALTHY ways to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries or Bananas: A classic in the world of desserts, chocolate covered strawberries are a great option for anybody who wants to feel full and satisfied without giving into the temptations of over indulgence. Strawberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C and plenty of
dietary fiber, while dark chocolate is a staple in terms of improved blood flow and lowered blood pressure. Not to mention it is also a high source of antioxidants, and is even known to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. And if you want to stray from the classic chocolate covered strawberries, you could try making frozen chocolate covered banana pops that are equally delicious!
No Bake Blueberry “Cheesecake”: For anybody looking for something creamy and decedent, one of our favorite recipes is this No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake from Bakelite. With a crust of simply dates and nuts, topped with layers of cashew based creamy goodness, this naturally sweetened vegan cheesecake is a perfect alternative for its traditional counterpart. Cashews are known for being one of the world’s healthiest foods, as they are one of the best sources of Heart-Protective monosaturated fats. Meanwhile, that blueberry topping has a slew of health benefits as well! Blueberries are well renowned for fighting off heart disease and cancer, and can also help maintain bone strength. And that date and almond crust? It’s sure to help you stay full, promote heart health, and reduce blood pressure. Does it get any better than that? Nope! Didn’t think so.
Frozen Grapes: They say fruit is nature’s candy, right? Well here’s the simplest way to make that saying a reality: just pop some grapes in the freezer. This sounds insanely boring, but when frozen the sweetness of grapes is only intensified and is incredibly refreshing. Like most fruit, grapes are filled with antioxidants, which may slow or help prevent certain types of cancer. And if you’re munching on some of these frozen bad boys, hey, you might as well crack open a bottle of red wine while you’re at it! A match made in heaven.