Monday, October 8, 2012

Tricks for Treat Cravings

We all know that there are times when we just need to have a treat, when the cravings are so strong that we could eat a whole cake. This week my sweet tooth was relentless and with Halloween around the corner, I got to thinking about treats. How can we deal with irresistible cravings?

First, wait 15-20 minutes before you indulge in your craving, it might pass. Try distracting yourself in a positive way; go for a walk, check something off the to-do list, do a short workout or yoga video on youtube, or call a friend for a chat. 

If you are still set on a treat here are a few tips:
  1. Try a piece of fruit with nut butter, apple slices with almond butter is my favourite. The added fat turns it into more of a treat.  
  2. Reach for dark chocolate (70%+) instead of milk chocolate bars which have added sugary ingredients. When you are choosing dark chocolate, check the ingredients, sugar should NOT be the first on the list. I love Nestle Noir Intense. Have a few squares (not the whole thing)
  3. Make your own treats. This reduces the amount of preservatives and unclean ingredients you are taking into your body. My favourite treats right now are Primal Coconut Macaroons:      
    Thank you for the recipe allison eats!
    • pre-heat your oven at 350 degrees ferinheight.  
    • in a bowl whisk 2 large egg whites and 1/4 cup of natural honey
    • add 1/4 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract and 2 1/2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut 
    • mix until combined
    • make tablespoon size balls and place on cookie sheet
    • bake in oven for 15-20 minutes rotating half way and let cool   
    • melt 4-6 squares of dark chocolate in a microwave safe bowl, dip macaroons and let cool 
I brought these for Thanksgiving tea and they were a huge hit. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

If you have any healthy craving-killing treats we'd love to hear about them!  

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