For Lent this year I have given up dessert, cakes, candies, and sweets. I don’t know what my issue has been lately, but I have been having the craziest sweet tooth after meals, a trait that I haven’t always been accustomed to. Now, don’t get me wrong, enjoying a sweet treat here and there is completely fine, we’re all guilty of it. But when “here and there” turns into “must have before I combust”, there’s an issue. So I thought this would be the perfect thing to give up for the Lenten season.
Let me tell you, it’s been tough for me. I had to bake Jimmy a birthday cake the other day (Happy Birthday shout out to the ol’ Jimbo), and I think I caught myself trying to lick my fingers at least twenty times. Talk about torture.
To aid my “sweet tooth”, and shift my cravings into a healthier gear, I’ve been looking into how to eat sweets without actually eating them. Something I thought would be great to share with you all on the blog!
This has been my go-to lately, especially before a nice long (outside, finally) run.
Don’t let your eyes deceive you, for this is not ice cream, it is simply plain Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries, chia seeds, and flax seeds. I like to let the raspberries thaw out a little before I dig in, but it cures any sweet tooth while also fueling my body.
I also reach for a piece of fruit or the classic apple and PB combo, or celery and PB. I’m letting myself count my Almond Butter because it’s not covered in chocolate, a good source of protein, and it is actually good for you. To help inspire you all and myself, I started looking through Pinterest and found some nice, creative alternatives for that nasty sweet tooth we all get.
Open Face PB, banana, and strawberry sandwich sprinkled with chia seeds.
And of course, any Fruit Based Smoothie that you can think of (add some plain Greek yogurt for smoothness and protein).
Eating sweets without eating sweets is not as impossible as you might imagine. Sorry chocolate (and sorry Reese’s PB Egg, we won’t get to hangout this year), but all in all it isn’t really that bad. Especially with the summer approaching, SO many fresh fruits will be available. So reach for the strawberry, hold the chocolate covered and you’re on the right path.
How do you guys eat sweets without eating sweets? What are some of your tricks?