A Dozen Ways to Quell Your Sweet Tooth

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Quell Your 3 p.m. Sweet Tooth

It's 3 p.m and you're craving something sweet. There's a box of doughnuts in the office kitchen, and a bag of cookies in the pantry. What do you do? How can you satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on fat and calories? Try one of these dozen sweet treats instead!

Note: Slideshow photos are for illustration purposes only and do not represent accurate portion sizes.

Berry Nutty

Mix 2 Tbsp pistachios with 2 Tbsp dried cranberries.
178 calories, 7.4 g fat

S-marvelous Smore

Break 1 sheet of graham crackers in half. Top with 1 jumbo marshmallow and 1 dark chocolate kiss. Heat in microwave for a few seconds until melted and gooey.
110 calories, 1.4 g fat

An Old Favorite

Toast 1 slice whole-wheat bread. Spread on 1 Tbsp peanut butter and 1 Tbsp all-fruit spread.
236 calories, 9 g fat


Slice 1 medium banana down the middle and fill with 1 Tbsp cashew butter (or other nut butter, such as peanut butter). Dust with cinnamon.
204 calories, 8.5 g fat

Milk and Cookies

Dunk 2 fig cookies in 1 cup skim milk.
185 calories, .5 g fat

I Scream, You Scream

Plop 1/2 cup low-fat ice cream into 1 wafer cone.
127 calories, 3.5 g fat

Sweet and Salty

Alternate eating 4 dark chocolate Kisses and 1 ounce whole-wheat pretzels.
210 calories, 6.6 g fat

Land of Milk and Honey

Swirl 1 Tbsp honey into 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt.
164 calories, no fat

Fro-Yo Sundae

Place 1/2 cup frozen yogurt in a bowl. Top with 1/4 cup raspberries and drizzle on 1 Tbsp sugar-free chocolate sauce.
145 calories, 4.3 g fat

Grape Nuts

Mix 1/2 cup fresh grapes and 1 ounce walnuts.
235 calories, 19 g fat

Frozen Treat

Nibble on 1 frozen 100% fruit bar (with no sugar added).
90 calories, no fat

Berries 'n Cream

Top 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding with 1/4 cup fresh (or frozen and thawed) strawberries.
145 calories, 1/2 g fat

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3/10/2009 8:04:50 AM

I just had to add.....really yummy is to take the graham cracker square, top with the new sugar-free banana/fudge jello pudding cup, top with banana slices and a teaspoon of cool whip free. YUMM-O!!!


3/10/2009 8:02:17 AM

I make a fruit smoothie every morning using fresh frozen strawberries, bananas, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, and blend them with 100% apple juice, or grape, white grape, cranberry, pomegrante and sometimes with vanilla soy milk. It's filling and you can mix it up at night put in a paper cup (Dixie cup with lids work well) freeze it and then put it in your microwave on defrost and it comes out great.


3/10/2009 8:01:49 AM

For a quick, single-serving treat I like: 1 graham cracker square topped with a sugar-free pudding cup (I prefer vanilla for this), top with strawberries (or fruit of your choice) and a teaspoon of cool whip free. It satisfies my sugar craving and I don't feel deprived!


3/10/2009 8:00:07 AM

HENRYJ57's SparkPage
Bake whole wheat pitas cut into tortilla-shaped wedges. I spray with butter flavor Pam and then season either with garlic and onion powder and a little season salt or with cinnamon and a sugar-substitute. Bake at about 250 just until crisp.


3/10/2009 7:56:39 AM

My two tips are balsamic vinigar and seasoning salt. Not necessarily together but to make all the boring stuff have taste! I would say that a bit of cottage cheese on a vita wheet cracker with tomatoe and seasoning salt is beautiful - just have to stop after 2 or 4 depending on if its to be a meal or a snack. Latelty, as it is summer here in Australia, I have been doing great things with salad and figure that any type of veggie with 2 of the following : chick peas, red kidney beans, 40g cottage cheese, 95g tuna in springwater - gives me plenty to eat (ie all the salad : lettuce, cucumber, tomatoe, beet. or whatever) plus a bit of a calorie boost without being hungry. Smothered in balsamic with a tablespoon of fat free yogurt makes you feel like its a proper meal. 1. It takes as long to eat as the family does to eat their meals which is great plus 2. you have a lot more taste than the lemon detox diet! Ha ha


3/10/2009 7:44:45 AM

MARYLOU1960's SparkPage
What a lot of great ideas!


3/10/2009 7:41:57 AM

COLHUR451's SparkPage
try 1 graham cracker with 1 Tbsp whipped cream cheese and i tsp strawberry preserves tastes like cheesecake!!!


3/10/2009 7:36:53 AM

Another good one not mentioned here is a couple of strawberries drizzled with about a teaspoon of Hershey's syrup (not hot fudge, that has fat). Syrup has a few calories but is lowfat and satisfies the chocolate craving.


3/10/2009 7:30:49 AM

DUVALLR's SparkPage
I use "Better than Peanut Butter", it's 1/2 the calories, much less fat, and celery sticks, or apple slices. It craves my afternoon hungries, sweet tooth, and makes me less hungry when I get home after work, so I make better choices for dinner. This peanut butter is really good. It's expensive ($6.00 a jar), but I'M WORTH IT!!!


3/10/2009 7:30:27 AM

A few of my favorites

* 12 tortilla chips (1 oz) and 3-4 tbsp of salsa
* 1/2 a sliced apple with 1 oz melted brie or other cheese on it
* 1-2 roma tomatoes cut in half and stuffed with fat free cream cheese or cottage cheese
* Morning Star mushroom veggie burger patty with mushrooms and salsa on top


3/10/2009 7:29:55 AM

And instead of fruit bar -- you could actually just snack on frozen fruit. Raspberries seem to be the best. You could make your own fruit bars as well. Simply dump a bunch of your favorite frozen fruits into a blender and puree. Then put the puree into popsicle molds (or dixie cups), cover and freeze. Perfect summer treat you and the kids!


3/10/2009 7:27:46 AM

For peanut butter jelly -- you don't actually need lowfat. You need all natural/organic. the fat from peanuts is okay. When you buy low fat peanut butter, it's actually loaded with differents kinds of oils, fillers, fake sugars, and other crap. Also, instead of jelly, I actually cut up some banana, apple, or strawberries.


3/10/2009 7:18:20 AM

LINDASID's SparkPage
sugar free pudding, cold, freshing and just what helps that sweet tooth


3/10/2009 7:10:39 AM

To make that peanut butter & jelly sandwich even better, I use 35 cal per slice whole grain bread (I think it's called Healthy Living), reduced fat peanut butter, and sugar free fruit spread (Smucker's).


3/10/2009 6:59:15 AM

KATHLEEN222's SparkPage
#8~ Melt the kiss on the pretzel and let cool. It is like a cookies or candy. Sweet and salty!

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