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


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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3/10/2009 11:58:41 AM

ALLZWELL's SparkPage
Thanks for the ideas.


3/10/2009 11:53:44 AM

PAISLI's SparkPage
Yum.. now I want everything on that list!


3/10/2009 11:53:32 AM

LIFELUVR's SparkPage
To ANA3VAS: To "get rid of cravings"...everyone's body and cravings are so different, so I can tell you what I did. (My cravings are for salty/crunchy). When I was new to controlling my calories, it was harder, but as I've stayed in my calorie range for almost three weeks now, they've really subsided. I keep my water intake high. That gives me the full feeling. If I'm craving something specific, and I can control myself, I will give in. One day it was chocolate, and I had two hershey kisses. The old me would have eaten the whole bag! I couldn't believe that I was satisfied with just two. I think it's because I keep the sweets at bay now, so that when I do have a little, it is such a treat, I feel satisified.

I've always been a person that can't stop eating, even if I'm full (which was hard to get). Now I don't have that problem so much. One of the things that works for ME is to eat small meals, and smaller snacks throughout the day. I'm eating about every three hours. One, I don't feel deprived, and two, it keeps me from getting ravaging hungry. When I'm that hungry, I will fail, and overeat. Even if dinner's less than an hour away, if I feel myself getting super hungry, I give myself something on my "approved" list so that I don't overeat at mealtime. I hope this helps you! :) Good luck!


3/10/2009 11:51:09 AM

Some great ideas. Will try a couple at Easter.


3/10/2009 11:34:06 AM

I like to have a no sugar added fudgescicle. Portion control is built in!


3/10/2009 11:25:54 AM

great ideas! Thank you!


3/10/2009 11:23:43 AM

I wish the were available to print out all on one page. Then you have them right in front of you to prepare.


3/10/2009 11:19:39 AM

Great ideas, a few new ones for me. I will certainly try in the future.


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.


3/10/2009 11:12:09 AM

Great ideas. I will try a few myself.


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


3/10/2009 10:54:21 AM

FFLOWERS's SparkPage
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.


3/10/2009 10:49:12 AM

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


3/10/2009 10:46:44 AM

ANA3VAS's SparkPage
How can I just get rid of these cravings


3/10/2009 10:46:11 AM

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

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