Did someone say chocolate? While you may be tempted to grab that sugary treat to satisfy your sweet tooth as an afternoon snack, think about what it's doing to your body. It is possible to snack on a delicious treat without having it go straight to your thighs. Consider these more healthy options that will leave you feeling full and satisfied – and a little less guilty about your indulgence.
These are packed with nutrients, protein and have just 190 calories. They are also free of gluten, grain and white sugar.
Frozen Banana Ice Cream
While this may not really be considered ice cream it is just as delicious. And all you need is frozen bananas. Simply cut up some ripe bananas into chunks, freeze them and then add a bit of sweetener, such as honey, and puree it. You can add fruit for a little more flavour. Frozen bananas have an ice cream like consistency when blended in a food processor so your body is tricked into thinking you're eating actual ice cream - but without the calories.
Mix avocado with some other low-calorie ingredients such as cocoa powder for a delicious, creamy desert that looks and tastes like a chocolate mousse.
You may be tempted to buy this from the grocery store but consider making it yourself. Take some fruit such as fresh strawberries and bake them in the oven for three hours at 100 degrees F. You can even put these over the frozen banana ice cream for a healthy, fresh dessert.
Coconut oil, water and milk are known to have some of the best health benefits that also hydrate your body. Try mixing strawberries, coconut milk and honey for a delicious treat that will keep your body slim and healthy and your sweet tooth satisfied. You can also try mixing chunks of frozen mango with coconut milk and hemp sees or cashews.
You can still have chocolate! Dark chocolate has antioxidants that may help lower blood pressure AND contains chemicals that actually put you in a better mood. Make sure you find bars that are a high quality pure chocolate with at least 70 per cent cacao instead of ones that are made mostly with sugar.
If you're a cookie lover you will be pleased to know it's still possible to enjoy a batch of homemade goodies. Try making no-bake honey peanut butter cookies by mixing 2 and a half cups of rolled oats, one third cup of natural peanut butter, 3 tablespoons of honey and a half cup of dark chocolate chips in a bowl. Mold them into cookie shapes and you're done!
Frozen blueberries contain a high source of antioxidants and are known to help improve heart and brain function. And they are easy to make – just wash some fresh berries, freeze them and enjoy the sweet taste. You can also try freezing grapes.
Raspberry Greek Yogurt Pops
These are not only a good, healthy choice for you but for kids as well. All you have to do is mash about a cup of raspberries into two cups of plain Greek yogurt. Pour them into popsicle molds, freeze them and enjoy a protein, antioxidant filled treat.
While you may not believe it, yogurt is a dessert. But if this is your choice for an afternoon or late-night snack make sure you pick the right one. While yogurt contains calcium and other nutrients many are also full of sugar. Look for ones that have 20 grams of sugar or less such as the Liberte Greek Yogurt, which has about 16 grams of sugar.