Nutrition Notes: 10 Ways to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Are you hypnotized by chocolate? Do you prefer to bypass dinner just to get to dessert that much quicker? While indulging in dessert on occasion is fine, we may be guilty of overindulging a bit more than we would like to admit. Because cutting out dessert is simply not realistic (I mean come on- it's the best part of the day) I have gathered ten delicious and affordable sweet treats that will satisfy your cravings, without compromising your health!1. Yogurt ParfaitTake 1 cup of plain nonfat Greek yogurt and add your choice of granola, nuts, berries, or shaved dark chocolate for a snack rich in high quality protein, calcium and vitamin D!2. Fresh FruitFresh fruit is full of natural sugar, which has the potential to satisfy almost any sugar craving while simultaneously increasing your daily fiber and overall vitamin and mineral intake.3. Dark ChocolateDark chocolate, which consists of 70% or more of cocoa has significantly less fat and sugar when compared to milk chocolate, and has actually been proven to be a healthy treat in moderation. Not only is dark chocolate delicious, but it is full of powerful antioxidants that can provide essential health benefits to the body!4. PB & Banana SandwichConsuming one piece of whole wheat toast with a tablespoon of peanut butter topped with a sliced banana will yield a satisfying and sweet snack while also providing fiber and protein.5. Baked Apple w/ CinnamonBaking an apple until it is tender will provide a more appealing texture, as well as cause the apple to taste sweeter. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the apples to create a sweet snack high in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.6. Homemade Nut BarsHomemade nut bars, if made with minimal added sugar, can provide a mouthwatering and delicious snack high in vitamin E, essential fatty acids and protein.7. Trail MixConsuming mixed nuts along with some dried cranberries or raisins will provide you with an exceptionally sweet snack that is also heart healthy!8. Cottage Cheese w/ MangosConsuming half of a cup of nonfat cottage cheese served with a side of sliced mangos will provide a kick of sweetness as well as a heaping serving of vitamin D and calcium.9. Hot ChocolateWarm up an 8 ounce cup of low fat milk and mix with one teaspoon of 70% cocoa powder for a deliciously sweet beverage under 200 calories and full of protein, calcium, and vitamin D!10. Chocolate Mousse YogurtBlend 3/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt, 1 tbsp cocoa, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1 tsp honey (or sugar substitute) for a low calorie and delectable dessert.