I try to be careful with the amount of refined sugar that I eat because of the effect on the skin. But occasionally (usually around 3 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon …!) The urge for a sweet treat overwhelms me.
Recently, instead of reaching for the cookie jar, I tried experimenting with some slightly healthier, sweet alternatives that I thought I would share.
Dates are the sweeteners of nature. Having only two next to a handful of almonds satisfies my craving for sugar.
It also helps that they taste like mini toffee pudding!
Dates are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, so they are actually a pretty healthy sweet treat.
Try to have Mejool data wherever possible – the taste is unbeatable.
A handful of super-ripe strawberries always hits just the right thing.
Once you've reduced the refined sugar in your diet, you'll become more aware of the natural sweetness of fruits and strawberries will be amazingly sweet!
Although dried figs look pretty unappetizing, they actually taste great.
They are full of potassium, fiber and rich in vitamins B-6 and K – so much better for you than a chocolate digestive product!
I'm not talking about an old "crushed honey" – it is important to get your hands on the best possible raw honey.
Raw honey is honey in its purest form – it has not been screened, heated, or filtered, unlike most honey-lined supermarket shelves that have been heated or pasteurized to remove bacteria.
However, this also destroys the useful enzymes, pollen, nutrients and antioxidants that bring honey many of its health benefits.
A square made of very dark chocolate
This is an easy scam because dark chocolate contains some sugar, but the amount is minimal compared to an average milk chocolate bar!
The darker the better – you should use at least 70% minimum cocoa chocolate.
Dark chocolate is filled with strong, health-promoting antioxidants called flavonoids. The darker the chocolate, the higher the flavonoid content.
Do you rely on healthy alternatives to meet your sugar cravings?