Anyone who has any touch of a sweet tooth understands that from time to time, we all crave something sweet! How to handle such a situation when you’re working on your health and trying to lose weight? Calories are precious commodities in our plans, as is the fat and carbs we try to limit to some degree in order to meet our goals!
So here are some of the things I’ve used for under 200 calories:
- Apple sliced up with cinnamon on it.
- Apple sliced up with a tablespoon of peanut butter to dip.
- Banana with peanut butter to dip (obviously the banana’s slippery lol, so you might need a spoon or fork!)
- Peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, strawberries, basically any fruit that has a satisfying sweet taste is great!
- Fruit with low calorie whip cream on top!
- Canned fruit mixed with applesauce, yum! Low calorie too with lite syrup or water based canned fruit and unsweetened applesauce, around 100-120 calories. Even diced fresh strawberries in applesauce is delicious!
- Unsweetened applesauce with a little bit of cinnamon mixed in.
- Yogurt (regular/Greek) either with fruit or other dessert flavor or with fresh fruit added in.
- Greek yogurt with peanut butter and/or bananas mixed in.
- Low calorie pudding with fresh fruit mixed in, I prefer vanilla with diced banana.
- Fiber One brownies occasionally since they are only 90 calories and really hit the spot for me.
- Skinny Cow ice creams, which come in a variety of flavors and kinds with low calories.
- Ice cream cone from McDonald’s is only 170 calories, less if you get the kiddie cone! This is great for those rare treats or when you go out with your kids and want a small treat to enjoy with them.
- And my recent cravings buster of chocolate Shakeology, which is 160 calories and packed full of nutrients such as protein and fiber.
Most of these packaged foods are only occasional as I don’t keep many of them in the house on a regular basis, but they are good on the occasion that we do have them. I especially like the Fiber One brownies because I can keep them in my own space (away from grabby hands) and eat one as needed or throw them in my purse for when I’m on the go. I have by no means cut out processed foods entirely, and still turn to them pretty often, but it is something I am working on as I continue my journey. It is a process and sometimes I do better than others!
Some of these could even serve as dessert with your dinner, or as an evening snack as most are really low calorie and/or healthy on some level.
So when you’re having a sweet attack, try something from this list and see if it works for you!
What are your go-to sweet treats that are low calorie and/or healthy? Do you have anything to add to this list? I know I didn’t list everything, because there are still so many options, so feel free to share with us! Passing along what you use to healthily bust those sweets cravings can really help others in their own journeys!
You’ve heard it before, likely too many times to count, that in order for your weight loss to stick you need to establish a lifestyle change. I’m here to tell you that this is absolutely true. Weight loss will not magically make it to where you can eat whatever you want or chuck exercising once you reach your goal weight. You will need to continue with these new habits you’ve created for yourself for the rest of your life. That’s not to say that you will have to exercise at the rate and intensity or restrict your calories as much as you have been to lose weight, but you will still need to keep your habits going.
“Lifestyle change” sounds so cliché to most of us by now. We see and hear it everywhere as we immerse ourselves in our weight loss efforts. I know it sounds cliché to me even though I wholeheartedly believe in it and even though my lifestyle change has become just a way of life for me. This phrase sums up all of our focus on building a healthy life for ourselves. That is our goal, to be healthy individuals and to live a fuller and higher-quality life.
Now you may want to know that if this is so vital to being successful, how to achieve it, so here are some tips:
- Start small and remember each step in the right direction is progress. Make small changes and simply focus on making one good choice at a time. This way it is much more manageable.
- Remember that slow and steady wins the race. It might sound enticing to go full force from the very beginning and keep going at that pace, but you will hit a burn out wall. So take things slow and focus on your progress. Sometimes you may feel like you’re not making any progress at all and that’s okay, as long as you keep moving forward and keep trying you will see progress soon enough.
- Make sustainable changes- start eating and exercise habits that you can stick with long-term. Find exercise you enjoy doing and healthy foods you enjoy eating. You can change things up and try new things but don’t exercise too much or restrict your calories too much too fast.
- Arm yourself with information. Research healthy habits, recipes that sound good, and find things that work for you. There are so many possibilities out there!
- Keep yourself motivated- surround yourself with people who have similar goals, read blogs or articles about people who have lost weight or are losing weight currently, join weight loss websites/apps where there is no shortage of support (such as Spark People where I found just this), and keep searching for things that interest you in your new lifestyle.
That’s the simplified version. Obviously there is more to it, but some of it we all have to figure out for ourselves because we are all different. We need to find what works for us in particular. So please, don’t be discouraged if what works for someone else or what you feel should work for you doesn’t, because there is so much more out there than just that! Make your lifestyle change work for you and it will be so much easier to stick with because you will learn to enjoy it.
What have you been doing to establish your lifestyle change?
My friend Tish MacWebber invited me to write my weight gain and weight loss story for her amazing blog series called Trust Your Gut, and I of course snatched up the opportunity! I have enjoyed reading her blog and thought it was such a fitting, and lovely idea to write my story out for the series… So, if you would like to hear more about my story and what brought me to be so passionate about healthy living, please hop on over there and read the post!
Some of the highlights of my story…
- How my battle with my weight started when I was a young kid.
- What I learned about weight loss in my teens and young adulthood that helped build a stronger foundation.
- What brought me to help others dealing with weight issues themselves.
- How my current weight loss journey has been going so far.
- Where I am at in my weight loss journey right now.
I would love it if you would read it, you might just learn something about me that you didn’t know! Check it out here, along with other articles in the series: Trust Your Gut: Bonnie’s Story.