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Quell That 3 p.m. Sweet Tooth

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It's 3 p.m. 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!

Berry Nutty
Mix 2 T dried cranberries with 2 T pistachios.
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 until melted and gooey.
110 calories, 1.4 g fat

An Old Favorite: PBJ
Toast 1 slice whole-wheat bread. Spread on 1 T peanut butter and 1 T all-fruit spread.
236 calories, 9 g fat

Slice 1 medium banana down the middle and fill with 1 T cashew butter. Dust with cinnamon.
204 calories, 8.5 g fat

Milk and cookies
Dunk 2 fig cookies in 1 c skim milk.
185 calories, .5 g fat

I Scream, You Scream
Plop 1/2 c 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
Into 1/2 c fat-free Greek yogurt, swirl 1 T honey.
164 calories, no fat

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

Grape Nuts
Mix 1/2 c grapes and 1 ounce walnuts.
235 calories, 19 g fat

Frozen Treat
Nibble on 1 frozen 100% fruit bar.
90 calories, no fat

Top 1/2 fat-free vanilla pudding with 1/4 c strawberries.
145 calories, 1/2 g fat

What is your favorite sweet treat in the afternoon? I'm keen on sweet and salty--dark chocolate and pretzels!

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PATRICIAANN46 2/21/2020
Thank You...……….. Report
CKEYES1 2/21/2020
I like nuts or banana Report
AIYANASMAMA 11/24/2019
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REDROBIN47 11/17/2019
These are some really good ideas and make me want to have one NOW. Report
JERSEYGIRL24 10/5/2019
Good ideas Report
FISHGUT3 8/10/2019
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Really like the suggestions---I must try some Report
Great ideas Report
Thanks for the ideas Report
Good suggestions here. Report
These are some great ideas. I pinned it for future reference. Report
I eat 1-2 servings of oatmeal with bran, walnuts, cinnamon, and no-cal sweetener. Satisfying and lots of nutrients. Report
berries & cream looks good to me too. Report
I think I am going to try the Berries n Cream! Report
1/2 oz. walnuts, 2 prunes, 2 dark chocolate hershey kisses; if the calories allow - a glass of low fat milk. Report
So many yummy suggestions! Where to start? I think maybe the banana, or the vanilla pudding and strawberries...mmmm. Report
These are great ideas. My favorite snack lately has been the individual cups of Jello fat free chocolate pudding - 100 cals of creamy yumminess! Report
I just finished a parfait I made using a 4 oz container of vanilla yogurt, 2 Famous Wafer chocolate wafers and 1/4 c. sliced strawberries. 178 calories, 3 g fat, and 4 g protein. It really satisfied the sweet tooth. Report
I discovered sunflower butter, spread on a fruit is heaven for 4 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons. This really quenches the urge to splurge for me. Report
I seldom drink diet sodas anymore so when I want something sweet I will get a diet Dr Pepper and a single serving size bag of microwave popcorn; I like the cracked pepper and salt kind mmm. Salty and sweet! Report
Chocolate chips cookies with macadamia nuts and Diet Pepsi! Yes! That's my feel good food, which I don't treat myself enough to! Report
I don't get a sweet craving at 3 PM. What I get is a caffeine jones on. I can't have caffeine at all but I need a nap about 3 PM if I don't have some. So I make my choice to have my one caffeine drink before lunch time and that will carry me through the day.
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i will definitely try the banana snack! Report
Mmmmm yummy snacks! I'm going to have the banana one today! Report
I'm drooling! Report
WOW!!! I never knew that I could have soooooooo much yummy stuff!! This may just be the life vest I needed in my life!!! LOL YAY!!! Report
any weight watcher frozen dessert items are great, you have to eat them slow too or watch out for BRAINFREEZE!! Report
Wow, that is awesome info. I am new so I need all the help I can get. Thanx a million! Report
I'm like that song "I want it all". They all look so yummy and I'm past my dinner time. I just have no willpower when it comes to sweets. They are my comfort food. I've decided my only option is to get them out of the house. Except for fruit.
I love all the suggestions but my problem is portion control! Report
My problem is that all are great, but i wouldn't know how to stop. Report
I love to have 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 serving of vanilla protein powder for some flavor, and then 1/4 cup of All bran bud bites. That way there is some "crunch" but also adds lots of fiber and protein! So good! Report
The craving monster has been knocking at my door, I have to try these snacks, I pray they help get rid of the monster. Report
Omg!! This is wonderful! I was JUST having some serious cravings for something sweet. A complete life saver. Report
loved the dried fruit/nut idea. 1/2 cup always satisfies that craving. Report
Way too many pix of food in the article -- makes me want to hit the grocery stores, buy it all and eat it all! Better off not to look at the pcitures but the advice is good. Report
HOW DID U GET THE HERSHEY KISS TO FLATTEN LIKE THAT??????? I liked that idea... and a few of the others... think outside the box saves me everytime!! :) Report
I do something very similar to that first snack: At my desk, I have stashed a bag of dried diced apples and cranberries, to which I added some unsalted roasted almonds. I grab a small handful when hunger strikes. Report
Just in time!!! Thanks, I needed that. Always love a sweet. Makes me smile. Report
These sound good. I usually have about 120 calories worth of fruit yoghurt i have frozen myself. If you try to eat it out of the container without using a spoon it takes ages, keeps me occupied and lets my body think i'm full! Report
I have a chocolate weakness as well. I usually eat oreo 100 calories snacks or half of a hershey dark chocolate bar. Report
I snack on wasabi flavored almonds!! Love them..Or I have a small bowl of sugar-free ice cream.. Report
I just love the Fiber One granola bars-the chocolate is my favorite with the peanut butter a close second, they are filling and so good! Report
I've tried the yogurt, but still get the feeling I need to 'bite' into something. Now I grab an apple - Gala's are the best, or celery and carrot sticks. When all else fails I grab a stick of sugar free gum to get me over the snacky hump of the day. Report
Great ideas...thanks! Report
Yum! These look much more delicious, and much healthier, than the 100 calorie Little Debbie cakes that I've been eating! Thanks for the ideas. Report
I have to stay away from anything my brain even thinks is sugar. I usually have fruit and plain 1% yogurt is form, either mixed together as is or I'll make a smoothie. A baked apple that is suffed with 1 tsp oatmeal and 1 tsp maple syrup is my back up in case I am really desperate for super sweet. Report
I love the pudding and berry suggestion! I also love to put an apple or pear in the microwave (cut up with a pack of splenda, cinnamon, and nutmeg). It makes me content to have the sweetness of the fruit and the warmth in the tummy is good too! :) Report
Well, I am STILL learning "moderation" and almost every one of those is unfortunately a trigger food for me. sigh sigh and sigh again. However, what I HAVE found works for me is a small bowl of frozen berries with half a pear and some of the juice its canned in - not syrup but juice. That works for me and that's much the same as your suggestion for a frozen fruit bar. thanks! Report