Those who knows me best are quite familiar with my sweet-tooth. I’ve had it my whole life…sometimes I just give in to temptation and sometimes I try my best to practice self-control. I have figured out a way to meet in the middle– indulge my sweets cravings without feeling overly guilty or suffering from severe stomach cramps after giving in to poor choices!
Try a few of these recipes/ideas out for yourself if you find your sweet-tooth is a bit overactive this winter. Let me know some of your favorites (comments are welcomed).
Chia seed Pudding
Ingredients (in each jar- makes 1 serving):
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 tbsp protein powder (I use vanilla PurePea protein from Designs for Health)
- 4-6oz milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1tsp sweetener such as stevia, maple syrup, or coconut sugar- optional
Add all ingredients into the jar or small cup. Mix together well. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Enjoy as a post workout or evening snack!
2. Energy Balls
Great anytime, but I like to use these as a mid-morning snack or before/during a long workout. I put a few in my pocket to keep me going during a day on the slopes.
- 1.5 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1.5 cup raw nuts (cashews, walnuts, pecans)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cardamom (optional)
Add all ingredients to food processor. Blend until well combined, but leave small chunks for extra texture. Place mixture into a mixing bowl. Roll into small balls, about the size of a ping-pong ball. Place in a container and keep in the refrigerator or freezer.
Aim for at least 70% cocoa content. I also like to add a tablespoon of chunky almond butter to my chocolate!
Dry cereal can be nice to munch on and it is relatively low calorie (2/3 cup= 90 calories and 6g fiber). Puffins has various flavors, but I really like the cinnamon.