With the New Year around the bend, many people are thinking about their resolutions. A good percentage may have to do with diet or eating right. A diet may help you shed the weight but when it's over it's tough not to go back to your regular eating pattern and put it all back! So it's probably best to think of changing habits and lifestyle.
Having said this, it's no fun to think of taking sweets away indefinitely so I thought it might be fun to share some healthier substitutes for our favorite treats in the New Year. Then maybe we can try reaching for those instead sometimes and won't feel deprived.
I must remind you that I'm just an average Josephine whose thinking about habit changes too and I'm not a nutritionist giving advice so take these musings in that vein and research these ideas further on your own if you wish. Here goes:
A slightly healthier substitute for ...
1. ICE CREAM: At Juice Generation there's drink called Joyful Almond that to me tastes like ice cream you sip through a straw. It's really yummy. When I looked up the stats it is a bit fattening though. It has 360 calories and 29 grams of sugar. The ingredients are almond butter, almond milk, cocoa nibs, frozen coco milk, banana and ice so that still may be healthier than ice cream. You can't eat this all the time but it's an option in a better direction. There are certainly other options in terms of lower calories like Cadbury Double Chocolate Ice Cream Bars which are 150 calories each or Skinny Cow Slimited Editions Best of Both Swirleds Ice Cream Sandwiches (150 calories each) or Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Fudge Ice Cream Bars (60 calories each) or Julie's Organic Juliette Ice Cream Sandwiches (100 calories) or Edy's All Natural Fruit Bars Strawberry (1 bar 80 calories) which is both healthy and low fat.
2. BROWNIES: There's a protein bar called Quest chocolate brownie flavored which is good for you and tastes a bit like brownies (only harder) but it may fill that craving. It's 20 gram highest quality protein, 5 gram non-fiber carbs, 19 grams of fiber and 170 calories.
Dark Chocolate-Organic Dark chocolate like Dagoba has more health benefits. It lowers blood pressure and has antioxidents, so you can eat it in small amounts as a treat.
Wei Chocolate: This is a cool idea--spiritual chocolate! It's vegan, organic dark chocolate and flower essences, spices & herbs in chocolate. Flower essences, sometimes called flower remedies were made famous by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s. they reportedly contain subtle energetic frequencies of flowers and work along the acupuncture meridians to balance from the inside. It is dairy free and vegan chocolate. It is expensive but you're worth it and they are small so you can limit yourself to one per sitting! See: http://www.weiofchocolate.com/Dark_Chocolate.html
4. CHIPS: Popcorn can be a good substitute for the munchies. Air popped popcorn is best for you but if you want something sweeter, kettle corn is quick to make in the microwave and is 100 calories per bag for Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop! which is 94% fat free.
5. SODA/CAFFEINE DRINKS: Try and substitute soda for tea. I love Argo Tea. They have so many yummy flavors with the caloric info in the store, or you can make your own. I get a large iced green tea with ginger some mornings. See: Green Tea Ginger Twist Bottled Tea Drink--Ingredients: Fresh-brewed green tea (water, green tea), pure cane sugar, ginger root, lemon juice concentrate, natural vanilla flavor. 120 calories 0 grams fat, Sugars: 16 grams. This is just an example. They even sell the tea so you can make it yourself and you can order it without the sugar too and add Stevia!
So, I don't know if my giving you more sweet ideas is helpful towards your end goal of being healthy or losing weight but baby steps can help. But if you know you still want one desert a week or a day so as not to feel completely deprived, then making a better choice to meet that craving can get you towards your goal faster. You may come up with even better ideas!