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


Banana-Butter

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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WINNIE-POOH

5/3/2013 2:02:27 PM

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I have fallen in love with Greek Yogurt.

WINNIE-POOH

5/3/2013 1:57:08 PM

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Good sugestions

CMBRONSON

5/3/2013 12:43:05 PM

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I totally agree with RIDETBRED please do not recommend synthetic sweetners and fat free products , they are not healthy!

JMB2LOSE

5/3/2013 11:48:24 AM

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Who knew you could eat a s'more for less than 2 grams of fat?! I am going to try that and the banana idea. :)

APPLEBUDGE

5/3/2013 11:13:52 AM

1SALLY2 - I find emailing the slides to myself works when I want to keep them

1SALLY2

5/3/2013 10:49:07 AM

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I hate these "slide show" things as I prefer to have the option to print out articles that are of interest to me to have in the kitchen for quick reference and my grocery shopping list.

20THCENTURYFOX1

5/3/2013 10:42:08 AM

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Quelling a sweet tooth (as described in the headline), and satisfying one (as described in the article) are very different goals.

If you are trying to re-educate your sweet tooth away from refined sugar, sugary snacks are probably not the best idea.

My most surprising way to

LYNNMACRAE1

5/3/2013 10:32:56 AM

My guy is diabetic. How about reposting the snacks article with the values for carbs and sugar please?

NICOLEELIZANETH

5/3/2013 10:07:42 AM

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I think that all of us know about the foods that were featured in the slide show. the problem that I have and probably many other dieters experience is that we lose control over our eating with the first bite of a food. None of the foods listed would be used in such small amounts. I would eat the entire chocholate bar, the nuts and everytibng else.
Making banana cookies with one mashed banana, a tablespoon of flour and cocoa with sweet and low would be a better idea.

Elizabeth

JANNEBARN

5/3/2013 10:02:28 AM

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Low fat, artificial sweeteners don't belong in anyone's 'diet' or eating plan. They are a great way to stay fat and addicted to sweets.

GERALDINEL29

5/3/2013 9:39:33 AM

Love these ideas!!

PILGRIM125

5/3/2013 9:30:58 AM

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Great ideas

BECKYSFRIEND

5/3/2013 8:43:10 AM

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thanks for the info

ARTISTGATOGIRL

5/3/2013 8:11:05 AM

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Good suggestions. I do stay away from artificial sweeteners as they trigger my craving for sweets just like processed sugar.

BLINDROOS

5/3/2013 7:51:58 AM

Sometimes I like an apple cinnamon rice cake spread with a tablespoon of peanut butter and chocolate chips sprinkled on top.

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