Sugary treats are a big reason why people gain unwanted weight. But you don’t have to give up on sweets completely.
In fact, dietitian Jonathan Bailor, MD, author of “Whole Body Ecology” and “YOU: The Owner’s Manual,” says certain healthy foods can actually help tame your sweet tooth.
Here are five of his favorite healthy treats that crush your sweet tooth.
1. Whole Milk Yogurt
If yogurt is going to satisfy your craving for sweets, it’s got to be full-fat, Full-fat yogurt has the fat-soluble vitamins A and D. These nutrients will actually help to balance out some of the natural sugar in dairy products. So go ahead and indulge in your favorite yogurts like Greek, Icelandic or frozen yogurt.
2. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a great source of flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants have been shown to help stabilize blood sugars, which may help calm cravings for sweets. Plus, chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine, which may suppress your appetite and keep you feeling full.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of potassium, which can help stabilize blood sugar. One tablespoon of ACV contains 5 grams of sugar and 20 calories. So you can even mix it in with a glass of water or juice to curb your sweet tooth.
4. Avocado with Honeydew
This combo is delicious. Honeydew is low in calories and contains lots of vitamins A, C, and E. Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help boost good cholesterol. Plus, they contain lots of potassium, which helps keep your body hydrated and aids in muscle function.
Bananas contain potassium. Potassium can help you feel less hungry, so you can avoid craving sugary foods.
6. Banana Oatmeal
This breakfast bowl is packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Plus, it tastes delicious and will keep you full for hours.