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DIETER27 Posts: 6,357
3/6/12 3:55 P

f f yogurt, or ww 2 point bars, or fiber one 90 calorie brownie, or sugarfree jello, or a fruit, or cranraisins, or bluberries, or a kiwi fruit. Hot herbal tea works too.....

1KELLIJ Posts: 25
3/6/12 3:26 P

Dates w/soaked walnuts (in water for 4 hours - aids with digestibility)
Bowl of fresh cut-up fruit drizzled w/agave (raw, organic)
Hot herb tea w/stevia - ZERO calories!!

Good luck! And thanks, Everybody, for all the great ideas!

GABYBEE3 SparkPoints: (344)
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3/6/12 3:01 P

I live in Illinois where the weather always sucks.
Since it's March it's still cold.
I love sweet things I usually buy
ACAI berries with anitoxidants
which are like berries covered in
dark chocolate.

I eat about 5 berries which have like 60 fat cal. in them.
They surely satisfy my sweet tooth.
I also have a teaspoon of honey after lunch as a dessert.
If I really must have dessert.
Hope this helps!

SUSANS706 SparkPoints: (46,011)
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3/6/12 2:59 P

Vitatops and Vitamuffins. Especially the chocolate ones, but also love the banana and pumpkin spice.

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,019
3/6/12 2:48 P

Wow! Thanks for the "choclatecoveredKatie" link. She's awesome!

My sweet tooth treat is FF yogurt with strawberries and Truvia. Or tangerines. Or,....

RACKETMOM Posts: 4,502
3/6/12 1:54 P

Now that the weather's warming up here, I'm enjoying the Edy's Fruit Bars again-I love the strawberrry ones & 80 calories!

I try to choose the 'healthier' things but don't deny myself anything I really want, learning moderation is the tough part, but it is getting easier!



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SHELTERED1 SparkPoints: (1,632)
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3/6/12 1:53 P

This is a great topic. I am one of those "eat 6 cookies and not 3" people. But am considering and will try most of the the suggestions posted. Thanks team.

YSIENKIEW SparkPoints: (10,257)
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3/6/12 1:27 P

Skinny cow ice cream sandwiches, and Edy's frozen fruit bars. Low calories, low fat or no fat and portion controlled!

SLARUS SparkPoints: (6,112)
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3/6/12 1:26 P

Trader Joe's Organic 73% Cocoa Dark Chocolate - It's the best!

GRIZ1GIRL SparkPoints: (127,553)
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3/6/12 1:06 P

I LOVE one little square of Dove dark chocolate as a treat.

However, when trying NOT to munch--I brush my teeth, drink extra water, chew gum...whatever works!

DBOTSFORD SparkPoints: (581)
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3/6/12 12:50 P

bravo for your weight loss. I'm struggling just to get from 9 to 10 lbs! started this 5 weeks ago. I just want to know where to get those vitamuffin tops? I live in upper michigan, haven't seen yet. keep up the good work


RUN_BAKE_BLOG Posts: 2,283
3/6/12 12:17 P

I follow a great blog...Katie makes some amazing treats! You might want to check it out!

chocolatecoveredkatie.com/

Oh, and I buy the chewable caramel, vanilla and chocolate calciums. Great way to get a chewy sweet 'snack' in and WAY better than choking down those huge calcium supplements!

KENTUCKYGIRL01 SparkPoints: (16,239)
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3/6/12 11:51 A

Dark chocolate infused with red chili.

FITME81 Posts: 1,161
3/6/12 11:45 A

Frozen flavoured fat free yoghurt and special K bars

ANGELICSOUL64 SparkPoints: (13,403)
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3/6/12 11:15 A

Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding snack mixed with FF Cool Whip.

Yummy! :-)

Or Vitatop muffin and strawberries with a plunk of FF Cool Whip. (I heat the muffin)

Fiber One Peanut Butter Brownie, 1/2 cup of sf/ff Ice Cream of Frozen Yogurt. (if ya save the ww pts and calories..... it's worth it! I make sure I save, cuz I know I'm gonna want it! :-p

FUTUREHOPE49 SparkPoints: (85,139)
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3/6/12 11:12 A

I am diabetic, but do enjoy a little plain chocolate sometimes. Its not something I crave though. I enjoy cocoa with skimmed milk at night with no sugar, but you could add sweetener or stevia. It has taken away any cravings I had. I add a spoonful of cocoa to my coffee and make it mocha. I find dates are very satisfying, I only need one or two. Also any dried fruit that does not have sugar added. Nuts are good as they keep me satisfied and are so good for you. Make sure to get enough good fats and the cravings seem to go away, I used to have them. LOL!

JANETL1 SparkPoints: (78,259)
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3/6/12 11:06 A

My evening snack is almost always either a smoothie or a hot chocolatey drink. In the winter, I heat one cup of skim milk with a serving of International Coffees Suisse Mocha (sugar-free/caffeine free) powder. In the summer, I put the same ingredients in a smoothie maker with a lot of crushed ice. Very satisfying/filling. Sometimes I use frozen strawberries to make the smoothie.

I also use a fork to "rake" Cool Whip Free through a serving of sugar-free jello. And I keep a large candy jar filled with hard candies in a variety of flavors. Two pieces in different flavors can satisfy my sweet tooth. Extra brand sugar-free gum gives me a sweet ending to a meal as well. I have also found that following phase 1 of the South Beach diet (no starches or sweets for two weeks) helps me regain control over cravings.

BLUEEYESTATTOOS Posts: 382
3/6/12 11:02 A

i like the weight watchers ice cream bars and sandwiches...also the smartones desserts are great. or, a serving of low fat plain greek yogurt with some fresh fruit and a packet or two of sugar free sweetner

EXOTEC Posts: 3,181
3/6/12 9:49 A

I don't have much of a sweet tooth anymore since getting on the low-carb bandwagon ... but on the rare occasions I want something sweet, most sugar-free items suit me fine. I like SF Jell-O™, and many SF candies are good (I especially like Russell Stover's fruit or lemon hard candies). Since giving up most sweet things, I find that many things I never tasted sweet in at all seem very sweet to me now: I drink a lot of PowerAde Zero, which has pretty much nothing-nothing-nothing in it other than electrolytes, and it tastes as sweet to me now as soda used to. I love the frozen coconut milk products. I grew up on sherbet instead of ice cream, so the "ice milk" texture of the coconut milk things doesn't bother me.

I agree with BEARCLAW6 - I think if you can stand to just stop all sweets for a couple weeks, you may find that your cravings cease. Then you can add in tiny bits of non-sugary (yet sweet) things that will satisfy better. And it's very true that snacks high in fat will satisfy cravings better than what you think you want! Really. I'm a bacon junkie. It works!

Whoever mentioned the Cool Whip™ had a good suggestion, too. Check the label: it's not nearly as bad as you might imagine. Of course, it's still full of stuff you can't pronounce ....

And dark chocolate is still something that most plans "okay". I never had any taste for chocolate (heresy! I know!), but I try to get a little piece in me now and then. I've found (since I don't really like it and only want a tiny bit) that if I buy the baking chips and just let one or two melt in my mouth instead of chewing it up like candy that this seems to satisfy - even though what I want is more fruity or gummy types of candy (on those rare occasions).

You'll just have to experiment and see what works for you!
Good luck. I'm sorry for all the folks battling cravings. I'm so glad I'm not bound to that anymore!

YOURENERGY Posts: 9
3/6/12 9:39 A

Greek yogurt the way they eat it in Greece: 1 Cup Plain Yogurt and 1 Tbsp. honey stirred in. The protein really fills me up and the honey makes the plain yogurt delicious!

However, I am a chocolate person - love the chocolate ideas in this thread! Thank you!

ROSEBUD8379 Posts: 9
3/6/12 9:31 A

I am a peanut butteraholic :) A tablespoon of peanut butter is perfect for me. Or if chocolate is a need, hot chocolate or chocolate milk hits the spot.

SPILLARY SparkPoints: (5,353)
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3/6/12 8:24 A

Lindor Lindt Truffles Extra Dark. 3 pieces a night. About 83 calories.

SWHITTEN7 SparkPoints: (5,986)
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3/6/12 1:14 A

I hunts no sugar added pudding of your choice 60 cal,1 juicy gel jello cup,and 1/2 c fruit packed in water.Put them al together and you get a serving size trifle add a little granola on top for that extra crunch.I love this.

BOBBIE83646 SparkPoints: (16,373)
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3/6/12 12:48 A

Yolait light yogurt! So many sweet flavors, red velvet cake, key lime pie....they almost always work for me!

TOMALLE Posts: 72
3/5/12 11:09 P

I'm so with Aapple on this one! Trident tropical twist gum works for my mid-afternoon sweet cravings. A friend of mine once described this gum as "sunshine in your mouth". Yum!!

ANGIE19431 SparkPoints: (423)
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3/5/12 11:06 P

hi- i'm new to sparks message boards
have dabbled in sparks before--then tried weight watchers
now here i am back and trying to lose my 15 pounds---AGAIN
been struggling with weight issues all my life but can't beleive how hard it is after 60!!
i am always hungry
doing tracking now---makes me more aware but i'm still hungry
i found that mixing activia light with unsweetened applesauce and sprinkling with cinnamon helps my sweet tooth
thanks for all the good tips

Edited by: ANGIE19431 at: 3/5/2012 (23:07)
BAMBI31311 SparkPoints: (12,357)
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3/5/12 10:57 P

A nice juicy apple can sometimes do the trick. When it absolutely has to be something with a little chocolate on it, I reach for chocolate coated dates that have a crunchy roasted almond stuffed in the middle. One or two of these satisfies, my sweet desire and my textural need to chew and crunch. They are very delicious, and overall nutritious.

JESSICACTORRES SparkPoints: (5,489)
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3/5/12 9:56 P

Some great tips in here! Sweets are my weakness too ... i'll be trying a few ideas suggested here!

Chocolate milk is one that helps me ... you get some nutrition in there, with the chocolate flavor.

ERINT75 Posts: 1,066
3/5/12 9:47 P

I do eiter a smoothie with frozen fruit and yogurt or if I'm at work I'll make myself a cup of Harney and Sons Hot cinnamon Spice tea! I always tell customers it's like drinking Big Red gum...yum!

WISDOM73 Posts: 517
3/5/12 9:13 P

I usually refrain from sweets during the week. On the week-end, I might cook desert, have a serving or two and share the rest with neighbors and friends. On week-days, I might have chocolate milk, plain yogurt with nuts and dried fruit, fresh fruit, etc.

800INTHEGHETTO Posts: 18
3/5/12 6:41 P

If I just want sweet, I reach for fresh berries or melon.

If I want something sweet and chocolatey, I'm a strong proponent of chocolate milk. Love. It.

I can't abide skim, so my choice is 1%. 8oz of milk and 1/2 tbsp of Hershey's chocolate syrup runs 135 calories and puts my sweet tooth right in its place.

LEMONADEFISH Posts: 78
3/5/12 6:14 P

I currently have fourteen flavors of gum in my desk drawer, mostly fruity ones. This usually does the trick - Trident Layers are nice and sour.

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,182)
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3/5/12 5:56 P

fresh pineapple

TORONTOGIRL11 SparkPoints: (7,306)
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3/5/12 5:42 P

I know other people have already mentioned this, but I noticed a big difference in my sweet cravings once I started eating healthier and less processed food. However when I have a serious sweet craving, I know that I won't be satisfied until I have some sort of chocolate. I get the small, halloween sized candy and I'll get something very rich like a Mars or Snickers and eat it slowly. The other one I like is the York peppermint chocolates as they are very sweet. I just have one small sized chocolate (I think they around 60 calories) and then I put them out of sight. This usually does the trick.

Sorry that this may not answer your question as its not a "healthy" snack. It's just what works for me!

Edited by: TORONTOGIRL11 at: 3/5/2012 (17:49)
SHANTYBIRD Posts: 147
3/5/12 5:27 P

I have a terrible sweet tooth, though I also find the less I eat added/processed sugars, the less I crave them! Here's what I like these days:

-Dried pineapple (I have to limit myself to two slices so I don't get carried away!)

-Hot cocoa made with unsweetened cocoa powder (+ a little sweetener if you need it)

-A bowl of cereal with a sliced banana on top (I often eat this in the evenings when I feel a craving--I like Puffins, Shredded Spoonfuls, and other natural cereals without too much sugar)

-A small amount of dark chocolate (e.g. Trader Joe's 100-calorie bar)

-A thinly sliced apple (Gala, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp are nice) sprinkled with cinnamon and baked briefly in the microwave

-Plain oats cooked with water and lots of cinnamon, then add sliced fresh strawberries or other fresh fruit on top!

-In the summer: Smoothies made with unsweetened soymilk, a frozen banana, frozen berries, and some cocoa powder if you want to make it chocolatey

-If I'm actually hungry, a Luna Bar or Clif Mojo bar -- about 180 calories and sugary, but at least they have protein and vitamins (unlike a candy bar!)

I'm not a fan of artificial sugars, either, so I just trained myself over time to drink coffee & tea without sugar, drink natural fruit-flavored seltzer water, avoid sodas, etc.

Edited by: SHANTYBIRD at: 3/5/2012 (17:32)
MAMAKATTORRES Posts: 147
3/5/12 5:26 P

Oh darn those sour patch kids! They were my movie go-to all through college! What I found gives me that same sour-sweetness I craved is a simple grapefruit. Have it with Stevia or Splenda for no calorie sweetness and it's the perfect sweet n' sour treat!

MSMERCY Posts: 27
3/5/12 4:02 P

I just found fiber one peanut butter 90 calorie bars, I also use splenda in things, such as my banana smoothie - I use a small to med. banana, a tsp of splenda, a handful of ice, and 1 cup almond milk - it is delicious and around 135 calories. Sweets are my absolute weakness - or almost anything with carbs - - - there are lots of healthy alternatives though. recently we found those orange dream bars (not even diet or fat free) and they are only 70 calories each - very very good and not too many calories. I also have went to sugar free popcicles which are only 15 calories and when I am super hungry for sweets but am nearly out of calories they hit the spot.

AAPPLE Posts: 21
3/5/12 3:26 P

Chewing Trident tropical twist flavored gum as I'm typing this. Love the flavor and it helps me to stay away from that afternoon cookie.

SELENAMDZ Posts: 1,696
3/5/12 3:15 P

frozen spoonful of fat free cool whip seems to help with my sweet tooth- and very little calories.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (65,131)
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3/5/12 3:04 P

My all time favorites are: yogurt and 2 table spoons of dark honey or 30grams of 70% dark chocolate. Rarely need anything more.

KATHY98665 SparkPoints: (17,878)
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3/5/12 3:02 P

I clicked on here to share my suggestion and someone just beat me to it! lol I find melting a few chocolate chips and dipping a small banana in it really does the trick..creamy, sweet, and quite filling to boot! and considering I am neither a "chocolate person", or a real "banana" person, this one surprised me. emoticon

BUGLUVR82 Posts: 28
3/5/12 2:59 P

dianas bananas babies.........banana dipped in dark chocolate only 130 calories and six grams of fat.

yasso frozen greek yogurt. creamy like icecream but all the nutrition of greek yogurt at only 70 calories

WILLBTHIN6 Posts: 25
3/5/12 2:30 P

My favorites are:

1. Blue Diamond butter toffee almonds (they also have a dark chocolate version) sold at Walmart.
2. mints
3. meringue cookies-at Trader Joe's and Marshall's dept. store in food section
4. Extra desserts gum.

ANTI_M SparkPoints: (4,713)
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3/5/12 2:25 P

I won't eat or drink most of the sugar-free goodies, aspartame does not agree with me. So my sweet cravings must be satisfied with dried fruits or one small piece of chocolate. The trick is to measure carefully, and make that tiny treat feel like I'm having a big whoopdeedoo!

MLYON2 SparkPoints: (7,320)
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3/5/12 2:18 P

Whenever I get a sweettooth I tend to go for fresh fruit.... Apples, bananas, or berries

VIRGOGURL4 SparkPoints: (43,686)
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3/5/12 2:04 P

I love eating granola bars to satisfy my sweet tooth. Nurture Valley's crunchy bars are usually less than 200 calories per package, and Kashi makes this Pumpkin Spice flax bar that's one of my favorites. I'm also a huge fan of the Fiber One Oats and Chocolate chewy bar, which is only 140 calories!

Edited by: VIRGOGURL4 at: 3/5/2012 (14:04)
LESSOFPMCD SparkPoints: (18,318)
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3/5/12 2:00 P

sometimes you just have to give in to them - but do it in moderation.

I like to have a bite size hershey dark chocolate (45 cal) at night. I just take small bites and let it melt in my mouth - takes about 10 minutes but it takes away the craving.

If you know throughout the day you are going to give into it that evening you can get through the craving.

Just remember - you have to still count the calories on the Nutrition Tracker so save that little bit of wiggle room to allow it.

BEARCLAW6 SparkPoints: (27,813)
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3/5/12 12:22 P

Yes, that sugar-free chocolate pudding is quite nice!

I also found a pretty radical thing that helped me. I went cold turkey on sugar for a couple of weeks and pretty much also avoided all starches for a while, too. Then I started slowly adding back in things like diet soda, those sugarless pudding cups and some fruit. Doing this really showed my sweet tooth who's boss. I still have that sweet tooth, but now I can be in the same room with left-over cake and it doesn't call to me.

I have also found that if I do have one of those unreasonable hunger cravings that I go for something with fat in it (nuts, avocado), I can satisfy my cravings in ways that don't involve Ding Dongs or cheesecake.

LISAWMI Posts: 842
3/5/12 11:55 A

Not sure how healthy it is but sugar free finger jello has been popular around my house lately. Also, sugarfree, fat free chocolate pudding. Sugarfree Werthers are pretty good to and Brachs makes a sugar free cinnamon candy.

NORTONA19 SparkPoints: (113)
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3/5/12 11:21 A

I have a wicked sweet tooth and have not yet found a "healthy" sweet snack to satisfy any of my cravings...

My weakness: Sour Patch Kids...

Any suggestions for sweet healthy snacks? Yogurt only goes so far!

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