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FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth?

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Whenever I get asked this question I smile, because I’ve been working on creating healthier, lighter, and satisfying “Sweet-Tooth Snacks” my entire life.  I’ve had a sweet tooth since I was young. I can still remember going to Buckeye Football parties with my parents, and eating about 10 candy buckeyes at a time (no joke).  If you’re not sure what a buckeye is, see the picture below.  They are the giant balls of peanut butter, dipped in chocolate towards the bottom of the photo.FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 1I’ve created some healthier buckeyes in the past, with less sugar and dark chocolate instead of milk, but they’re still pretty sugar-loaded.  Today, instead of talking about sugary desserts, I want to talk to you about the importance of appreciating fruit as a dessert…….  NOT!  Don’t you just hate it when people suggest fruit as a dessert?   I’m sorry, but fruit just never cuts it for me, unless it’s something like strawberries dipped in chocolate (great idea, by the way.)FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 2Try large strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate squares (I use 2 pieces of 85% dark chocolate, with about 50 calories each).  This dessert contains about 150 calories, if I eat about 6 large strawberries and use two pieces of dark chocolate. Not bad!

Or this lovely concoction…..FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 3Pistachio and honey-stuffed dates.  Let’s say this together…..AMAZING!FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 4This is plain greek yogurt with unsweetened cocoa powder mixed in.  I then dipped a sugar-free fudge pop in it.  SO TASTY!FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 5There’s nothing like some Tofu Chocolate Mousse to kick that chocolate craving!FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 6Have you ever had an urge to just BAKE?! I get those urges sometimes, and I always make sure to make something that is at least somewhat healthy, since whatever I bake will likely be around for several days.  One day I made these Pumpkin Oat Cookies,which turned out to be so good that Nick still requests them to this day.FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 7I like late-night snacks, and this is one of my favorites; a smoothie with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, with some drops of vanilla and your favorite non-calorie sweetener.  After I blend it and get it smooth, I add either whipped cream or Greek yogurt (plain). Heavenly.FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 8Dessert Hummus.  Beware, this is amazing. FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 9I have an obsession with popsicles.  Can you tell? I like sugar-free popsicles dipped in Greek yogurt and whipped cream.  I also like making my own popsicles, like this one that is literally frozen mango juice!FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 10This is something you can make and freeze (so you always have them!).  They are Chocolate, Almond, and Dried Plum No-Bake Cookie BitesFAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 11 I’ll end with one of my new favorites; large strawberries with light cool whip.  Oh so good!FAQ Friday: What Are Some Healthier Snacks For Someone With a Sweet Tooth? 12Need some lighter dessert ideas?  I think this cookbook is pretty great.  It’s not necessarily for quick dessert/snack ideas, but if you’re throwing a party or going to a party, the lighter ideas in here are very tasty.

Another option is to buy lower fat chocolate, which is made with fruit juice to replace the fat (what?!).  Coming soon to a grocery store near you??

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