Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sweet Tooth: Healthy Options For Delicious Cravings

As twenty-something women, there’s no denying that we get sugar cravings every now and then (read: all the time). From stressing over jobs to that time of the month, our sweet tooth can be a bit of an influencer when it comes to snack time. However, when you’re trying to watch your weight, treats that you’re dying to have usually come at caloric cost, so The Twenty Life has researched some quick, healthy dessert options for you.

Broiled Fruit

Mangos and pineapples have a sweetness that is amplified when broiling them for a few minutes. Take whichever fruit you prefer (or both!), and slice them into manageable pieces. Lay them on a foil-covered baking sheet, and put it into the oven on the broil setting for about 6-8 minutes (or until they’re starting to brown). Squeeze a lime over the pieces, top with fat-free Cool Whip or one scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

While this may seem like a normally healthy dessert option, the ones from bakeries and shops pile on loads of chocolate, making a large strawberry treat weigh in at more than 300 calories! By melting some high-quality dark chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and dipping a strawberry halfway in the mixture, you can regulate how many calories you’re adding to the berry. If you can’t stop yourself from chocolate overload, don’t fret. The dark chocolate option you’ve selected is full of antioxidants, so going a bit over the recommended amount isn’t too bad. Make sure to let the dipped products set in the fridge for a bit before eating.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

For you Reese’s Cup lovers out there, you can still indulge in your fave PB and chocolate combo from time to time. Spread some peanut butter, or a healthier option – almond butter, in a thin layer on a slice of angel food cake. Melt some dark chocolate chips in a bowl and drizzle over the cake. Top with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Take two graham crackers and spread fat-free Cool Whip on one and top with the other to make a sandwich. If you want to add dark chocolate chips to the sides, go ahead. Freeze for a half hour to an hour or so, and there you have a super easy “ice cream” sandwich that has less than half the calories of the kind you’ll get at your local ice cream shop.

Just because you need something sweet to have after dinner (or before!) doesn’t mean you need to set yourself back when it comes to your health. There are always 100-calorie packs and pudding snacks that can do the trick if you have almost zero time to prepare something.

By: Renee Mailhiot | Image: Source


  1. These are such good ideas! Broiling fruit is genius! I am also a fan of roasted strawberries or peaches. Check out this greek yogurt snack too--it's healthy AND doubles as a dessert.