As we get closer to Halloween, are mini candy bars lurking everywhere you turn? Candy corn and caramels invading your space? They can be hard to resist, so below I’m giving you my favorite 5 alternatives to satisfy the sweet craving without refined sugars that wreak havoc on your body.
First, I will start with a simple tip that actually does work . . . drink water, distract yourself, and wait it out. It really does work, I swear! You can always choose some fruit-flavored sparkling water for a little sweetness, like La Croix or Mendota Springs water. Just make sure you don’t choose one with artificial flavors or sugars!
If you still can’t stop thinking about the candy bars your spouse snuck in the house (because you didn’t buy them, right?), try these sweet snacks instead.
- The Natural Go-to: Fruit It’s sugar, just natural sugar. The natural sugars come with fiber and vitamins that slow down your body’s blood sugar response. Try frozen bananas, grapes or berries. Try baking pears or apple slices and sprinkle with cinnamon and a little honey (if needed). Dried fruit is better than a Milky Way, but go easy because dried fruit is much higher in sugar than fresh fruit. Raisins and dried mangoes are my favorites.
- Just Add Cinnamon Cinnamon helps to control blood sugar and has a sweet taste to satisfy cravings. And who doesn’t love cinnamon when the weather cools? Sprinkle cinnamon on fruit, sweet potatoes or add it to a smoothie. Yum!
- Try Sweet Potatoes and Winter Squash If you crave sweets, try adding some sweet vegetables to your meals, or eat half a sweet potato with some walnuts for your afternoon snack. My favorite winter squash are butternut, kabocha and delicata.
- Sip a Sweet Tea (and I don’t literally mean Sweet Tea aka McDonald’s Sweet Tea!) I am talking about Peppermint, Chocolate or Fruit-flavored teas like Apple Cinnamon. Peppermint tea is one of my favorites. It helps digestion and it tastes sweet and delicious! I love peppermint tea in the afternoon or after dinner.
- Indulge in Cacao Enjoy a small square of dark chocolate . . . but you have to get the darkest you can handle! The higher percentage of cacao, the lower the sugar, and the higher the health benefit. 72% cacao is great, and 85% is even better. If you are a milk chocolate eater, biting into chocolate with 85% or 86% cacao will taste, well, bitter. Start with a lower percentage and work your way up. The chocolate is still sweet and your taste buds will adjust to a less-sweet flavor! If you can’t help yourself from eating the whole bar, then skip this recommendation. No one needs crazy temptation. If your triggers aren’t in the house, you won’t eat them, and only you know what your triggers are!
If your sugar cravings are out of control, you will benefit from a detox. Join me in my upcoming whole foods cleanse to kick those cravings and feel great heading into the holidays. Tune in from home to learn all about it on Monday, October 20 at 8:30pm CST. The cleanse will begin on November 10! Click here to sign up for the free webinar on 10/20 to learn more! Even if you can’t listen in on Monday night, sign up and we will send you the recording.
Do you have other tips to share to combat sugar cravings? I would love to hear them!