After almost every meal, no matter how satisfying, I am overcome with an irresistible craving for something sweet. If you're trying to cut calories or lower your sugar intake, there are plenty of guilt-free ways to please your palate. To combat your sugar cravings without reeking havoc on your diet, try one of these naturally sweet alternatives for your next dessert.
Raspberry Frozen Yogurt: Blend Greek yogurt, frozen raspberries, lemon juice and honey for a homemade blend that is sweet, delicious and takes about five minutes to make.
Pears and Peanut Butter: This naturally sweet fruit pairs well with peanut butter for dieters who have grown tired of apples. The fructose will give you a quick burst of energy and peanut butter provides protein to keep you full longer.
Blueberries Dipped in Yogurt: A great frozen treat to prepare ahead and enjoy after a day in the sun or at the sweaty gym. Coat fresh blueberries in low fat yogurt (plain or fruit flavored), spread on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and stick in the freezer.
Chocolate Banana Cookies: Stir together instant oatmeal, two ripe bananas and unsweetened cocoa powder, add spoonfuls of the mix on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.