22 Delicious, Low-Sugar ways to curb your sweet tooth! Some of these 21 Day Fix sweet treats and desserts are SO easy, they don’t even need a recipe.
Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been kind of absent lately! Hope all is well with all of you fab food-lovers, I’ve missed chatting you up 🙂
Well, we’re officially three weeks away from our moving date and it is coming at me quick! For those of you who are new around here, my family and I are moving from Louisville, KY to Alaska, I know, it’s so crazy! I have our road trip all booked and planned out (so glad that’s done!), so right now the big thing is just finishing up going through all of our stuff so we can try to make some kind of yard sale happen this weekend. Super-fun, right? I just hate, hate taking stuff to the next place that we don’t use or need. I’m like an anti-hoarder.
So let’s talk about sugar, baby. You want it, I want it (I mean waaaant it), but we need to turn it down a notch right? I know I’ve mentioned this before, but every time I think about it it still kind of blows my mind – the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar EVERY DAY. That’s nuts! If you’re wondering what’s recommended, it’s no more than 4-6 teaspoons a day. That’s a huge difference. Now I’m not talking about naturally occurring sugars in fruits and things like that. I’m talking about the extra sugar that we add into our diets via sugary drinks and processed foods or even when we put it in our coffee in the morning.
I try to make sugar-counting easy here at The Foodie and The Fix by always including it in the container counts that I list for recipes, but when you’re using your own recipes, you have to remember to add it in yourself. On the spreadsheet that I use for meal-planning (which you can find here), I have a column for counting sugar, so I never forget, but it would be an easy thing to do since it isn’t an actual container.
Of course the problem that we all face is that craving, that need, that “I can’t make it through the next millisecond without something sweet” feeling… especially at first. I pinky-swear, it gets easier. Anyway, even though that’s true, nobody wants to feel deprived, and believe me, if you do feel that way it will be nearly impossible to make a real lifestyle change… SO! Without further ado, I’m here to help out my peeps! Check out all of these AWESOME ways to keep your sugar monster at bay:
First, a few no-recipe recipes that I make on a regular basis (especially the first one, OMG I eat that deliciousness almost every day – go on, skeptic, give it a shot!) 🙂
- Ricotta Dessert – 3/4 cup of part skim ricotta, 1/2 – 1 cup of chopped strawberries, drizzle a teaspoon of honey over everything – aaand maybe even a smidge of coarse salt on top… trust me. (1 Red, 1/2 – 1 Purple)
- Apple “Nachos” – 1 tsp PB mixed with 1 tsp honey and drizzled over 1 sliced apple. You can top this with coconut flakes, nuts or chocolate chips, just be sure to count those! Without the toppings, this is 1 Purple, 1 Tsp
- Banana Pancakes – I know, this sounds like breakfast and of course it can be, but these are so sweet and just all around fantastic, that I make them on the regular as dessert 🙂 Mix together 1/2 of a banana and 1 egg (it’s ok if the batter is a little chunky), cook like you would regular pancakes, just be gentle when flipping. (1 Purple, 1/2 Red)
- Green Smoothies – Blend together 1/4 cup spinach with 1/2 unsweetened vanilla almond milk until thoroughly blended (should look like green milk), add to the blender 1/4 of a banana and 1/2 cup of frozen fruit (any kind!) and blend! The BEST smoothies eva. (1/4 Green, 1 Purple, 1/4 Yellow)
- Chopped fruit mixed with unsweetened coconut flakes – something about the coconut makes fruit feel more dessert-y. (1 Purple, 1 Orange)
***Bonus*** Ok, so it’s not really a bonus, and I’m sure you know all about it by now, but I forgot to add in when I first wrote this – One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream! You literally put frozen bananas into a food processor (or high powered blender) and process for a while until it turns into ice cream. It’s magical.
Makes 24 bites – Either count each bite as: 1 1/2 tsp, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 orange and 1/12 yellow (I wouldn’t count the yellow unless you had several of these) OR count 2 bites as 1 yellow treat swap
I hope you guys love these and they really help you kill those cravings! Here’s another good tip for ya – If you crave sweets at a certain time of the day (me: at night, EVERY. NIGHT.), make sure you plan to eat your treat at that time. It makes such a huge difference!
Do you guys have a favorite low-sugar treat that helps you get through? I’d love to hear about it!
As always, if you try any of these recipes, I want to hear about it! Better yet, lemme see ’em! Snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂