Are you allergic to artificial sweeteners or do you just not like the flavor? I am allergic to aspartame and would like to avoid them totally...but a bit of Splenda here and there saves me.
Honestly, I think that you are going to have to give up the notion of eating large volumes of unmeasured food if you want to lose weight. You are probably going to have to learn to cook real food from scratch too.
You CAN work just about any treat into your diet, but that will come at the expense of the things that provide you with necessary nutrition and that keep you full. It's a trade off.
One thing that *might* work for you would be smoothies. You can actually get a lot of volume for your nutrition buck, and if you use berries that are high in fiber they are even more filling.
I like 3/4 C frozen blackberries (I pick and freeze them every summer) with 3/4 cup vanilla soy milk. Strawberries are good with regular milk as are raspberries. I add Splenda and blend until liquefied, but limited amounts of table sugar would be fine as long as you really do measure/limit the sugar.
Another smoothie that is higher in carbs but still reasonable is a homemade orange Julius. It is 1/2 c frozen orange juice (not concentrate), 1/2 C milk, a dash of vanilla and some sweetener.
Plain, fresh berries are a good option, at least in the summer. I ate about 2C of raspberries the other day when I was doing U-Pick and figured that it would totally blow my diet...but even that many berries is only 28 carbs and 120 calories.
You could try mixing something really sweet with something that is full of protein. I made jam with the aforementioned raspberries, and just a tablespoon is pretty great mixed in with half a cup of Greek yogurt. Another similar idea would be cottage-cheese-based cheesecake with a thin fruit topping.
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