10.10.2009

My name is Sarah and I have a problem.


I'm in the process of weaning myself away from...my infamous sweet tooth. I've been trying to come up with some alternative options to help me get through. I thought I would share the ones I've been enjoying and call out for any other suggestions.





Cereal
I love sugar cereal. Lucky Charms, Cocoa Puffs, and Fruity Pebbles are some of my very favorites. All of these cereals have a very high sugar content and not very much nutritional value. Since most contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, I might as well drink Karo Syrup for breakfast instead. So- to help me get away from my sugar breakfast habit I have found a couple cold cereal alternatives.

Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat still has a some what of a high sugar content, but it also has a high fiber content which means I'm getting my sugar fix, but I'm actually obtaining some nutritional value. It has a small amount of protein too which I'm always in need of.

Multi-Grain Cheerios have a pretty low sugar content, but still taste sweet. They contain NO High Fructose Corn Syrup.

*Note: I'm not advocating these cereals as a completely balanced or healthy breakfast, I'm just suggesting that they help me get away from eating what I really want (a hearty bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch).


Drinks
I actually really like drinking water, but sometimes I just need a little something sweet. As previously mentioned this is all about rehab for my sweet tooth. I find that when I want a treat after any given meal, I can drink Crystal Light and it helps me fight off that sweet craving.











Sweet Snacks
Fruit is my number one choice for a healthy sweet treat. You have to be careful about eating too much sugary fruit if you're trying to loose weight, but it beats cheating and eating a piece of chocolate! Does anyone know which fruits you can eat a lot of without worrying about the sugar content? I've heard blueberries and cantaloupe.

Bear Naked Granola is so good. They make a lot of choices, and all the ones I've tried are delicious and sweet and they do sustain my sugar craving. Even the "Fit" kind that has really low sugars tastes really good. They also have a protein one that tastes pretty good too.






Ice Cream
Seriously- who doesn't like ice cream. My parents- who happen to be very healthy eaters- found an ice cream at Smith's that is amazingly harmless. It has only 30 calories from fat per serving, pretty low sugar for ice cream, and really low fat. And it's only 99 cents for a carton. Oh and it does taste really good. It's Kroger brand and it's called Frozen Dairy Dessert. The more expensive alternative is Dreyer's Yogurt Blends.




Now if this is going to work, I have got to stop baking! I made these tasty little numbers for a neighbor's birthday last week. Of course I ate one, and of course I licked the beater. Those of you who embrace your sweet tooth, can find the recipe for these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes here.


Now please- Let me know if you have any other suggestions because this is going to be tough. I need support.


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4 comments:

Mykell said...

All of those choices are very good, but about the Crystal Light, you need to be careful about the artificial sweeteners, especially if nursing. There is also an all natural sweetener called xagave, that is actually sweeter then sugar and you can use it in everything instead. I use mine in oatmeal and Cream of Wheat, other good alternatives to the sugary cereals. I bought mine from a friend, but I am sure you could find at a GNC or whole foods store. I would Kerissa Morgan where to find it. Good tips, I am also battling my sweet tooth, I think it comes with nursing.

Lundell said...

You should try the Liver Cleanse...it clears all the junk from your body, all my sugar cravings went away and I have a big sweet-tooth :) I started loosing some weight so I gave it a rest...two months later my cravings are back-it's so crazy! Tom lost 25lbs and his wedding ring no longer fits him. It's true what you put in...you get out.
Mykell is right about the artificial sweetners, they are also proven to make you more hungry.

Jamie said...

If your looking for Xagave I sell it through Alison's pantry I even have a xagave cookbook. I'm with you Sarah, I'm a junk food nut. I noticed when I stopped buying sweet and mostly ate fruits and veggies i lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. But know that I have halloween candy in the house, I've gone crazy!!

{ Marianne } said...

Fiber one bars help curb my BIG sweet tooth cravings. You can buy agave at Costco too. I'm am trying to use it as a sugar substitute too right now. I don't know it is possible to cure a sweet tooth though:)