A Dozen Ways to Quell Your Sweet Tooth

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Quell Your 3 p.m. Sweet Tooth

It's 3 p.m and you're craving something sweet. There's a box of doughnuts in the office kitchen, and a bag of cookies in the pantry. What do you do? How can you satisfy your sweet tooth without going overboard on fat and calories? Try one of these dozen sweet treats instead!

Note: Slideshow photos are for illustration purposes only and do not represent accurate portion sizes.

Berry Nutty

Mix 2 Tbsp pistachios with 2 Tbsp dried cranberries.
178 calories, 7.4 g fat


S-marvelous Smore

Break 1 sheet of graham crackers in half. Top with 1 jumbo marshmallow and 1 dark chocolate kiss. Heat in microwave for a few seconds until melted and gooey.
110 calories, 1.4 g fat


An Old Favorite

Toast 1 slice whole-wheat bread. Spread on 1 Tbsp peanut butter and 1 Tbsp all-fruit spread.
236 calories, 9 g fat


Banana-Butter

Slice 1 medium banana down the middle and fill with 1 Tbsp cashew butter (or other nut butter, such as peanut butter). Dust with cinnamon.
204 calories, 8.5 g fat


Milk and Cookies

Dunk 2 fig cookies in 1 cup skim milk.
185 calories, .5 g fat


I Scream, You Scream

Plop 1/2 cup low-fat ice cream into 1 wafer cone.
127 calories, 3.5 g fat


Sweet and Salty

Alternate eating 4 dark chocolate Kisses and 1 ounce whole-wheat pretzels.
210 calories, 6.6 g fat



Land of Milk and Honey

Swirl 1 Tbsp honey into 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt.
164 calories, no fat


Fro-Yo Sundae

Place 1/2 cup frozen yogurt in a bowl. Top with 1/4 cup raspberries and drizzle on 1 Tbsp sugar-free chocolate sauce.
145 calories, 4.3 g fat


Grape Nuts

Mix 1/2 cup fresh grapes and 1 ounce walnuts.
235 calories, 19 g fat


Frozen Treat

Nibble on 1 frozen 100% fruit bar (with no sugar added).
90 calories, no fat


Berries 'n Cream

Top 1/2 cup fat-free vanilla pudding with 1/4 cup fresh (or frozen and thawed) strawberries.
145 calories, 1/2 g fat


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WENDYKP

3/10/2009 11:18:57 AM

I Made the smore in the microwave with graham crackers and one lg marshmallow then when done I added a little hershey syrup.

BITSEY3

3/10/2009 11:12:09 AM

Great ideas. I will try a few myself.

PEGMAC401

3/10/2009 11:01:34 AM

One of my favorites is to take a Granny Smith (any tart apple will do) apple, cut it into chunks, add artificial sweetener to taste, cinnamon and a little water. Microwave about 2 minutes and you have a delicious apple dessert that tastes like a million calories but only has the calories on an apple

FFLOWERS

3/10/2009 10:54:21 AM

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I bought a box of the Chocolate 100 calorie Sensible Portions "Cheating With Chocolate" at Costco. Two kinds S'mores and Cinna-Swirl. I prefer the Cinna Swirl, but the box is 13 of each. The cinna swirl has a touch of cinnamon and the white chocolate has more chocolately taste than the plainer Smores.

Individual packets keep me from having more than 100 calories and you get at least 20 of the little things in a bag. Quite a few in the bag compared to cookies where you only get 6 little ones.

VMIGUEL

3/10/2009 10:49:12 AM

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I"m totally feeling the s'more YUMMY!!

ANA3VAS

3/10/2009 10:46:44 AM

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How can I just get rid of these cravings

ISHIIGIRL

3/10/2009 10:46:11 AM

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Lots of great ideas here. I like a cup of no sugar added Hot Cocoa with a marshmellow. I think it is only 70-75 cals and 2 g of fat. Curbs my cravings instantly

SLOWBUTSURE1

3/10/2009 10:39:20 AM

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Good ideas!

BRNEYEDDREAMER

3/10/2009 10:37:49 AM

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They all look good, but I would take the ice cream cone...yummy!

LISARAY56

3/10/2009 10:31:46 AM

I like to make smoothies with frozen fruit (my favorite's blueberries) skim milk and Splenda. Whir in blender. Using frozen fruit means no little chunks of ice cubes.

DAVISY1

3/10/2009 10:22:14 AM

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peanut butter and jelly on toast

POISON4

3/10/2009 10:21:54 AM

Just started no comment.

CJSUNSHINE

3/10/2009 10:11:10 AM

Thanks everybody for the great ideas. I have had a really hard time trying to keep going on this new way of living. Some of these ideas are awesome. I think the graham cracker thing is going to be a fav. Also the frozen fruit bars. I try to stay away from artifical. I like the all fruit spreads and all natural nut butters. i have done the frozen grape thing as well and it is great.


AUDE2009

3/10/2009 10:08:13 AM

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The Banana with nut butter sounds interesting.....

TRAVERSOMOM

3/10/2009 10:07:55 AM

My own sweet treat is to slice a banana in a bowl and drizzle 1 tbs sugar free Hershey's syrup over it.

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