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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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?


5/3/2013 10:07:42 AM

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.



5/3/2013 10:02:28 AM

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.


5/3/2013 9:39:33 AM

Love these ideas!!


5/3/2013 9:30:58 AM

PILGRIM125's SparkPage
Great ideas


5/3/2013 8:43:10 AM

thanks for the info


5/3/2013 8:11:05 AM

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


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.


5/3/2013 5:29:26 AM

i wish sparkpeople would lay off recommending synthetic sweeteners and fat-free boxed foods as 'healthy.'


5/3/2013 3:27:20 AM

I wish I could find foods like fat free yogurt ice cream and the fat free vanilla pudding even tesco do not have them


4/9/2013 12:31:28 AM

Thanks for this article -- sometimes I just want something sweet!


3/29/2013 2:45:44 PM

BCARTER235's SparkPage
All of these sound great!! A great switch from strawberry yogurt all the time. Thanks


1/24/2013 10:58:11 PM

BORNTOWIN9's SparkPage
whole wheat toast topped with applesauce topped with sliced almonds drizzled with honey sprinkled with cinnamon! Yummy!


1/24/2013 9:57:48 PM

Sounds great!!!


1/24/2013 9:45:34 PM

They all look delicious.....glad to have choices!

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