Healthy Sweet Treats You can Feel Good About

Indulging your sweet tooth vs. following a healthy diet—it’s the never-ending battle we all face. But what if having a sweet treat did not have to mean derailing your healthy eating goals? With these guilt free sweet treats, satisfying your sweet tooth can actually be good for you? Don’t believe me? Give them a try tonight!

1. Faux Ice Cream.

You won’t believe how tasty, easy, and remarkably similar to ice cream this sweet treat is! All you need to make your own faux ice cream is frozen bananas and a blender or food processor, then just blend until a creamy consistency is reached. Make it your own by adding other tasty and healthy additions such as nut butter or unsweetened cocoa before blending. You can also top with chopped nuts or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

2. Coconut Chips.

If you’re craving a little crunch with your dessert, coconut chips may be just the answer you are looking for. Toasted coconut chips have a natural mild sweetness, plus plenty of fiber. If you don’t opt to make your own, be sure to check labels to make sure your selection has no added sugar.

3. Chia Pudding.

Chia pudding will satisfy your sweet tooth, but is healthy and filling enough to have for an easy breakfast. To make, just stir approximately 2 tablespoons of chia seeds into the milk of your choice. Sweeten with a dash of honey, maple syrup, flavored protein powder, or stevia. For optimal consistency, allow your chia pudding to set in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.

4. Baked Fruit.

Baking or broiling fruit can take it from an ordinary snack to a decadent dessert! Try baking fruits like apples or pears, or broiling a grapefruit. Slice and core apples and pears and top with nuts, cinnamon, and oats to add a little extra flavor. You can add a drizzle of honey to grapefruit before broiling or enjoy it au natural.

5. Dark Chocolate.

If you want an indulgent dessert that requires no cooking or prep work, dark chocolate is calling your name. The trick to dark chocolate is finding one with at least 80 percent cacao content. This means there will be less sugar and more of the good for your heart flavonoids. And remember, serving size matters. Stick with about a 2 ounce serving size.

6. Greek Yogurt Parfait.

The protein in Greek yogurt helps make this dessert filling and keep blood sugar levels stable, plus parfaits are completely customizable with all your favorites. Try layering plain Greek yogurt with berries and walnuts for a surefire winner. The berries should be enough to sweeten the parfait, but if you need it a bit sweet try stirring in some all natural stevia for a sweet taste without adding sugar.