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How to Give In to Your Sweet Tooth Without Feeling Guilty

Some people say they need a little sweet touch at the end of a meal. Others can’t resist a little treat. Regardless of your situation, there are of course healthy ways to treat yourself.

Melting dark chocolate on your tongue is a good way to satisfy sugar cravings. The rich flavour of chocolate will cover your taste buds, leaving you more satisfied. In addition, dark chocolate with more than 70 % cocoa is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a healthy treat!

Substitute commercial ice cream with homemade frozen yogurt; add one cup of your favourite frozen fruits in the food processor with ½ to ¾ cup of flavoured yogurt. If the mix is too soft to your taste, put it in the freezer for about one hour before savouring it. You will be delighted while eating a healthy and balanced snack that contains carbohydrates, proteins, calcium, and vitamins. Beyond any doubt, my favourite is mangoes with peach-flavoured yogurt! I hope to hear your feedback…

For cookie lovers, Leclerc’s Praeventia cookies (one bag), Peak Freans’ Lifestyle Selections (2-3 cookies), or Christie’s Social Tea (6-7 cookies) are good options, but you have to know where to stop… Take one serving, and then put the box away. By keeping temptation away, it will be easier to be reasonable.

If you can’t resist “gummies”, eat dried fruits for a similar flavour! The taste of dried apricots, for example, is strangely similar to peach gummies. Dried cranberries and dried mulberries are also interesting for us sugar bugs. Make sure that the ones you buy are naturally sweetened; for example, they should be sweetened with apple juice rather than added sugar. Remember that ¼ cup equals one fruit serving.

And you, what are your healthy sweet treats?

By Marilyne Petitclerc

Marilyne Petitclerc

Holder of a degree in nutrition from Université Laval, Marilyne has worked as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since 2010. Passionate about healthy eating and sports nutrition, she also gives lectures and hosts cooking workshops. With her clients, Marilyne makes extensive use of the instinct diet approach and the Mediterranean diet model. Furthermore, she has attended classes on live nutrition at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Maryline ran the Quebec City Marathon des Deux Rives - Half Marathon in 2010 and 2012. She also took part in the Staircase Challenge, another event held in Quebec City in June 2012. Marilyne also plays in an Ultimate Frisbee league and trains regularly at the Nautilus Plus branch where she is employed.

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