Health/Fitness Lifestyle

Healthy Desserts For Your Cravings

No matter how fit or health conscious we are, we all experience cravings.

Cravings are like those strong emotions that come and go depending on your mood and your day. Sometimes, you can go a whole two weeks without wanting that cookies & cream ice cream that you have in the freezer. Other times, however, there’s no one that can stop you from eating the entire thing. We’re all human beings, so we’re bound to have some days where we just want to lay on the couch with whatever dessert we feel like having and enjoy a movie.

Personally, I get my worst cravings after a long day or at night time. If I’ve worked none stop throughout the day, the last thing I want to do is go home and eat some broccoli. Lately, every day for me seems like a long day, which is why I’ve had to figured out a way to get rid of my cravings without getting rid of my abs in the process.

As a result, I’ve taken it upon myself to write a few suggestions of healthy desserts I enjoy having so that you can too lay on the couch, eat your feelings and not feel guilty about it. Now, that doesn’t mean that you get a free pass to eat the entire jar of almond butter. What it means is that you may enjoy one or even two servings without breaking the scale.

Here are the foods I recommend when you’re emotional, hungry and careless.

Air Popped Organic Yellow Popcorn

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I don’t know if you all are aware that supermarkets like HEB sell bags of organic yellow popcorn for two dollars and a few cents. Also, I don’t know if you’re aware that such bags have 20 calories per serving when they’re air popped.

* WARNING *

For this to be a healthy snack, it must be air popped!

The thing with popcorn is that I’m a strong believer in having a snack while enjoying your favorite show, so being able to eat a whole bowl of popcorn guilt-free throughout your show is an amazing feeling.

Plain Rice Cakes With One Serving of Sunflower Butter & Blueberries/Banana

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As you probably know, rice cakes are fit people’s toast. So, if you’re in the mood for a peanut butter jelly sandwich, I recommend making two rice cakes with sunflower and blueberries. Your tummy will thank you.

Plain Oatmeal & Powdered Peanut Butter

If you’re in the mood for some carbs but are extremely hungry, I advice you to eat oatmeal.If you don’t already know, oatmeal fills you up like no other. I can hardly move after I’ve eaten my bowl!

You want to get the plain oatmeal so that you’re not eating any additional sugar. I know plain oatmeal has been criticized for being ‘tasteless’ but don’t worry, there’s a reason why we add two servings of powdered peanut butter. If you happen to swing by TJ MAXX or Marshalls, stop by the food section. They offer different flavors of the powdered peanut butter at a great price.

Protein Frappe

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If you happen to own one of those fancy blenders that can make slushies and such,  I recommend having a protein frappe. I tend to make mine by using some unsweetened cashew milk, 100 calories whey protein, powdered peanut butter and ice…. lots of ice. If you’re a coffee girl like me, I know you’ll enjoy this.

Butters: Pistachio, Sunflower, Almond, Cashew & Peanut Butter

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I have to admit that I love my butters. They’re the most delicious thing ever, but you do have to be careful because they tend to get addicting. I promise you that after your first serving, you’ll want more … so get as far as you can from the pantry!

You can mix them with whatever you want or you can have a spoonful after your meal. Either way, they’ll give you all the sweetness you’re craving.

Now, go try some of my suggestions and let me know which one is your favorite!

XOXO,

Manuela

 

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