You can try making your own no bake cookies from steel cut oats. :) There are soo many recipes out there and if you stick to some honey or even pure maple syrup you'll find a little goes a long way with the sweetness factor.
My "go to" sweet treats are: Greek yogurt with some honey and frozen blueberries, blue bunny mini ice cream bars, and kettle corn pop corn.
current weight: 147.0
Fitness Minutes: (930)
3/15/14 6:12 A
Frozen treats are my addiction and I typically fit one in daily. Here are some things that I like (some were already mentioned):
- Edy's Slow Churned Ice Cream (If you are good at portion control this is my favorite. One serving is only 100-130 calories and 3-5 grams of fat depending on the flavor, and they have some awesome flavors.)
Things that are already portioned out: - Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars (about 60 calories per bar) - Snickers Ice Cream MINI Bars (90 calories per bar) - Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches (150 calories per sandwich)
current weight: 131.0
Fitness Minutes: (365)
3/14/14 9:15 P
Today for lunch I had something that was pretty tasty. Definitely could pass as a dessert. 1/3 c Unsweetened applesauce sprinkle with cinnamon so that you could taste it pretty good yet not make it tart, I stir that together with equal part fat free Cottage cheese. then & this is the kicker. I put equal amounts again of low fat cool whip. I'll tell ya It looked a lot like rice pudding and if you could imagine a rice pudding flavored with apple & cinnamon. and a dollop of whip cream em em good.
Healthy Choice (I think) has a frozen yogurt in a cup for 100 calories that is very good--I like the raspberry flavor the best. It's like a very smooth ice cream. There are three of the cups in a package, which doesn't go very far.
I also eat one square of good, dark chocolate a day--sometimes more. I eat it really slowly and savor every bite. I like Ghiardelli raspberry squares.
Kettle corn in the 100 calorie packs is another good snack, or I make my own. I also like to cut an apple up and microwave it with a tsp. of brown sugar, and, if i have calories enough, a TB of walnuts. Sometimes I use Splenda instead of the sugar.
I agree with everyone else on the skinny cow! While they're mostly known for ice cream, they also have snack packs that range from 90-120 calories per pack. Personally, I keep a box of truffles. If I have a good day, a splurge on two (adding up to 180 calories) is worth it. I've earned it! and they're decadent and rich enough that usually I'm content with just two.
current weight: 140.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,075)
260 3/14/14 10:54 A
There are lots of great ideas here that sound tasty. If you're hooked on frozen treats that you can pull out of a box and just eat, I second the vote for Skinny Cow. Their whole line of products is pretty good. I also like Weight Watchers desserts. They're small but very satisfying when you feel like you want a treat.
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current weight: 173.3
Fitness Minutes: (23,372)
829 3/13/14 7:21 P
Banana "ice cream". Frozen banana in the food processor until it is the consistency of soft-serve. Even better with some cocoa powder in it, and peanut butter if you have the calories to spare, but yummy on it's own too.
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I am finding that a couple of dates, pits removed and a touch of peanut butter shoved in where the pit was is really satisfying my need for something sweet lately. Dates aren't exactly low calorie, and obviously there's plenty of fruit sugar in them, but I don't like sugar substitutes so this works for me.
I mix roughly equal amounts of frozen fruit and milk in the blender, with a little sweetener if needed, a few drops of vanilla and/or almond extract and maybe a spice that's appropriate to the fruit (cinnamon with blueberry, nutmeg with peaches, etc). Whirl it until it stops making clunky noises, and it will be almost exactly the texture of soft-serve ice cream. If you need chocolate, use unsweetened or reduced-sugar chocolate milk. (I like low-sugar chocolate soy milk with frozen cherries or banana.)
It's tasty, it's inexpensive, you can use up overripe fruit before it goes bad, and it has enough protein and calcium to count as real food as well as a treat.
current weight: 132.0
Fitness Minutes: (653)
3/13/14 4:14 P
My everyday treat is dark dark chocolate. 85% cocoa or even 90%. It doesn't set off sugar cravings and it's actually good for me and makes me feel like I'm not depriving myself of my favourite food (chocolate). I sometimes eat a lot of it, but I track it, and often end up 100 calories above the sp recommended amount I should eat for my weight loss goals yet I still lose weight! Evidence chocolate is good for you! I grew accustomed to the taste of the extra dark variety and have grown to hate the more sugary kinds though 70% can be a harmless treat occasionally.
I also eat greek yogurt everyday but I'm a bit naughty because I know I shouldn't buy the sweetened/flavored kind but I do anyway because I don't really eat any added sugar any other time. It just tastes pretty great to me and is easier because I don't have to worry about measuring out stir ins etc.
While I agree with you that doctored up Greek yogurt is *meh* - I've found that doctoring up regular plain yogurt is actually pretty good. It's not quite as tart tasting (to me), and I've found that using extracts (vanilla or almond) along with cocoa powder and berries makes a darned good treat. I'll sometimes chop up a dried fig and add it for a bit of extra sweetness. Adding in some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, or pumpkin spice varies the flavour and makes it more of a "treat". I've also occasionally mixed in pumpkin puree or applesauce.
Besides that, I tend to go with home-made goodies. I like banana or pumpkin muffins (made with steel cut oats, oat bran, brown rice flour, and use blackstrap molasses instead of regular sweeteners) topped with a bit of nut butter or ricotta cheese. Another favourite is self-crust pumpkin pie topped with whipping cream (I use less than 1/4 of the usual amount of sweetener, and use 1/2 blackstrap and 1/2 maple syrup) or ricotta cheese. Any of those options is under 200 calories for a reasonable serving.
I also really like a big bowl of berries topped with some ricotta cheese that I've mixed with cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract then heated in the microwave for 20 seconds.
I personally don't have an issue with sugar setting off cravings, so will sometimes add a tsp of maple sugar (a bit lower in carbs and calories than granulated sugar, and it tastes better to me) to the ricotta or the whipped cream when I use them as a topping, or to my yogurt.
I've found that it takes some experimenting to see what works for me, and that I have to tweak others' recommendations to suit my tastes. Hopefully you'll find something that works for you and your husband!
I really like sweetened dried mangos. They're tart yet sweet, and chewy like candy. I've tried them unsweetened as well, but they're really hard to find (none of my local stores carry them, but I think I found them at Trader Joe's once). They're also high in vitamins and minerals, but you have to watch the portion size.
Okay, so in an effort (that has been largely successful) to break my addiction to sugar, I have become seriously addicted to Healthy Choice fudge bars. Over the past two years they have been my go to daily treat ... no sugar and low enough in calories to work into my range. The only problem is that sometimes we run out and there is only one store in our area that sells them and if they are not in stock.... recently my hubby has also admitted to a serious dependence on these guys. And our local store was out for days. And days. Not pretty. We tried doctoring up our greek yogurt, but meh... not good enough. So what do you eat for a sweet treat that doesn't break the calorie bank or start sugar cravings??? And don't tell me to break the addiction to a daily treat...that I cannot do. Got teenagers in the house and at night, mama needs a treat!!!
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