Kick Cravings: 5 Sweet Treats You Don't Have To Feel Guilty About

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We all struggle to stay on track from time to time, especially at this time of year! Sometimes It feels like the world is full of temptation and it can be seriously exhausting just saying no time and time again! What you need to know is that there are countless delicious sweet treats you can whip up in just a few minutes yourself that will curb your sweet tooth without throwing you off track. In fact, the snacks in this blog are not only guilt-free, but they're also actually good for you!

Yoghurt

If you don’t already have some kind of yoghurt in your fridge, you need to hit the store and get some ASAP! If you choose a dairy-based yoghurt like greek yoghurt, you’re going to be getting a good amount of protein (supports your body and fills you up), alongside a low sugar hit of probiotics that are great for your gut and key nutrients like calcium, vitamin B12 and potassium. If dairy is not your jam, coconut yoghurt is amazingly creamy, just make sure you check the label to ensure there are still plenty of active cultures in there to get the optimum benefits.

The possibilities are literally endless with yoghurt, so I’m going to share some of my faves plus one or two combinations that my clients love from my meal plans:

  • • Combine 1 cup of yoghurt with 1 cup of berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.

  • • 1 cup yoghurt, 1 tablespoon your favorite nut butter and sprinkle a teaspoon of chia seeds on top.

  • • 1 cup yoghurt, ½ cup your favorite muesli, 1 chopped banana, 1 teaspoon of crushed almonds, a teaspoon of crushed walnuts and top with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

Protein Balls

Whoever invented protein balls is a genius! Mixing delicious protein with nutrient-dense ingredients in a yummy little bite-size package is a smart little sweet treat that will nib those cravings in the bud! There are so many amazing recipes out there, but below is one from my Ultimate 6-Week Program Meal Plan, which the #LSFBabes have been loving!

LSF Caramel Protein Balls

Ingredients:

  • • ¼ cup rolled oats

  • • 1 scoop Blessed Protein Salted Caramel

  • • 2 tbsp pitted dates

  • • ⅛ cup cranberries

  • • 2 tbsp almonds

  • • 1 tbsp walnuts

  • • ½ tbsp coconut oil

Method:

  1. 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend until well incorporated.

  2. 2. Shape the balls into the size you desire, place in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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Nut Butter with Fruit or Veggies

You might think that combining fruit or veggies with your favorite nut butter doesn’t sound all that exciting but you need to give this a go! The mixture of flavours and textures is so yum plus eating a mixture of protein, carbs, and fats together in one neat little combo can improve how your body digests and makes use of your macros.

  • • Apple slices topped with nut butter (add a sprinkle of chia seeds and cinnamon to make it extra special)

  • • Celery topped with nut butter

  • • Nut butter dipped blueberries

  • • Nut butter topped strawberry halves

  • • If nut butter is not an option for you, you can try tahini instead

Protein Pancakes

If you know me, you’ll know that I am in love with protein pancakes! I have them for breakfast ALL THE TIME because they’re delicious, they’re healthy and they satisfy my sweet tooth! If you’re into chai lattes you’ll love this vegan protein pancake recipe, but if chai isn’t your thing you can use your favorite protein flavour.

Ingredients:

  • • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • • ¼ scoop Blessed Protein Vanilla Chai

  • • ¼ tsp salt (optional)

  • • 1 tsp coconut sugar

  • • 1 tsp baking powder

  • • ¼ cup almond milk

  • • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. 1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl

  2. 2. Add in the almond milk and vanilla extract

  3. 3. Pour into a lightly oiled pan on low-medium heat

  4. 4. Cook for 3-5 minutes each side

I recommend serving with a dash of maple syrup and a handful of berries.

 

Dark Chocolate

Sometimes you just need the real deal, and for times like this, there is dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is lower in sugar than milk chocolate and has more healthful antioxidants, the higher the cocoa percentage, the higher the antioxidants in the chocolate. You might find it a little bitter at first, so you might want to work your way up in cocoa percentage gradually. It’s also super delicious when you add in some mixed nuts, hemp seeds or when melted and drizzled over berries!


Still stuck? I created this craving chart which should help you stick to your nutrition goals whilst satisfying your cravings! 

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Find my Protein Donuts recipe in this blog post here, and my #LSF Tortilla Pizza recipe on Instagram here!


My approach to nutrition encompasses the idea that anything, as long as you’re eating it in moderation, can be healthy. While all of these treats are healthy in comparison to maybe a donut or ice cream, it doesn’t mean they should be eaten in excess. I recommend listening to your body and aiming to eat well 80-90% of the time, and then enjoying one of these healthier treats or your treat of choice every now and then - aim for balance!

LSF | New Challenge

#LSFBABES, get ready – My new Challenge launches on Monday!

Inspired by my training in the lead up to the WBFF Worlds, this Challenge will be like NO other. 

Stay tuned for the announcement on @laurensimpsonfitness.