These 9 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings include low sugar and sugar-free food options. Give them a try the next time you need to satisfy your sweet tooth!
My friend Jess Weaver has had a lot of success losing weight following the plan outlined in the book Trim Healthy Mama Plan, so I asked her to share here tips for dealing with sugar cravings.
When it comes to getting rid of sugar cravings, it’s hard to know what to eat. It’s common to want something sweet to eat from time to time. However, sugar is so unhealthy that it is important to limit or completely rid yourself of sugar in your diet if possible.
These are some of my top foods to stop sugar cravings. It's hard to get rid of them easily, so I have found 9 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings that help me satisfy that sweet tooth without going completely off my sugar-free diet plan.
9 Ways to Stop Sugar Cravings
Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Yogurt– This is seriously a game changer for those trying to give up sugar. I buy a few of these each week and eat them whenever I want something sweet. If you don’t want to buy this yogurt, you could just buy regular plain Greek yogurt. If you use plain yogurt, you'll find adding some fresh fruit really helps.
REDI Whip– Did you know that REDI Whip only has 1 gram of sugar? I love it because it’s low carb as well and I can add it to my yogurt. It’s amazing what a little whip cream can do to spruce up fruit when you want something sweet. Since fruit has natural sugar in it and 1 squirt of REDI Whip makes it taste amazing.
Banana with Peanut Butter- This is also one of my favorites because bananas are so cheap, they make an awesome snack. I add a little bit of peanut butter to mine for a little protein.
Plain Cheerios– This is going to sound crazy, but plain Cheerios only have a few grams of sugar per serving. Whenever I want something sweet, I reach for a handful of Cheerios. I try to stick to the serving size that is recommended. This makes a nice snack you can carry with you anywhere. You can even make a little trail mix for your purse if you want. Use some reusable snack bags and keep this in your bag at all times.
Dark Chocolate- If you can get your hands on really dark chocolate, like 75% or more, there isn’t nearly as much sugar in it and it’s wonderful. Instead of stuffing your face with sugar milk chocolate, try dark chocolate. It’s a game change for sure.
Anything with Natural Sugar- Remember that I’m trying to avoid white sugar, not all forms of sugar. Sometimes I make pancakes made out of oats or coconut flour. I add a little organic maple syrup or honey in it to sweeten it up a bit. I try not to use too much of either because it can make my blood sugar spike and both are not conducive to weight loss.
Chew Gum- There’s sugar-free gum on the market and that is what I use if I am craving sugar on the go. It’s a win-win for me because I’m not always hungry when I’m craving sugar. Sometimes I just need something to chew on. Remember, however, that sugar-free gum is often sweetened with xylitol. This sweetener can often cause stomach upset when used in large amounts. Chewing several pieces of gum can really upset your stomach if you aren't careful. Use this in limited quantities.
All Fruit Jelly- There is an all fruit jelly on the shelf that doesn’t add sugar. This is great if you’re looking for something sweet without all of the added sugar. It's one of my favorite ways to really fight sugar cravings. A small amount on whole grain toast or even on whole grain pancakes can make a huge difference in flavor and satisfaction.
Go for Coffee- Another thing I do when I’m craving something sweet is to make a cup of coffee. I add a little half and half and savor the sweetness of the coffee itself. If you love coffee, you can appreciate this.
It’s hard to stop sugar, so I try to avoid it altogether. Once you let the sugar back in your body you may start getting that sugar craving again. What do you do to end those sugar cravings?
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