We’ve all had those days when you’re craving sugar so badly that nothing seems to help. The usual distractions are just not working, and you really want a chocolate brownie or ice cream. Here are some recipes garnered from our team of Health Coaches to help you overcome sugar cravings and make a healthier choice:
1. Bake a sweet potato and serve with a pat of grass-fed butter or coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
2. Roast a selection of root vegetables such as fennel, carrots, onions, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. Roasting brings out their sweetness. You can eat as is or add to a leafy green salad.
3. Brew yourself a cup of fruity herbal tea, which is naturally sweet. Drink hot or allow to chill and serve over ice or once cool, pour into ice pop molds and freeze for a healthy iced treat.
4. Whip up a Be Well protein smoothie, (my favorite is the Chocolate Whey) add a small slice of avocado, (these healthy fats will keep you feeling satisfied), ½ cup organic blueberries, 6- 8 oz unsweetened coconut milk, a few ice cubes and blend till creamy.
5. Chilled coconut water is slightly sweet and often does the job. It also makes a delicious homemade ice pop.
6. Chop up a small apple or pear into small dice and sauté in grass-fed butter or coconut oil till soft. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy.
7. One of our all time favorites is a chia seed pudding. Chill a can of full cream coconut milk overnight in the fridge. To make the pudding, scoop off just the “cream” that is on top and place in a blender, add 2 TBS chia seeds, 3 TBS unsweetened cocoa and stevia to taste. Blend till smooth and thick. Keeps in the fridge for about 2 days.
8. Not your mother’s almond butter on a celery stick: Mix together 4 TBS almond butter, 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ½ teaspoon maple syrup, salt and cinnamon to taste. Spread on celery sticks.
9. Slice an apple and spread with coconut butter and cinnamon.
10. A handful of cocoa nibs can also be nice to nibble on.
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