Before you tear into a pre-packaged sugary snack, think outside of the quick-to-grab cookie box. There are simple ways to satiate your sweet tooth that are both cool and healthy!
3 Ways to Keep Your Sweet Tooth Satisfied
1) First, Drink Some Water!
Thirst often disguises itself as hunger. Before you decide to go for a snack, sweet or not, make sure you aren’t thirsty. Keep in mind that sweat can increase your hydration needs. Take a few sips of agua. Wait. Then proceed when you’ve determined your actual snacking need!
2) Freeze Your Fruit.
You can squash your iced-treat craving and get a nutritious pick-me-up with frozen fresh fruit. Peeled banana slices, washed grapes, and watermelon chunks all taste great when frozen. This easy freezy choice can help keep you hydrated and cool-off.
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3) Make Melt-Resistant Energy Balls.
One of the best-kept secrets in the world of wellness is that it is super-duper simple to make your own energy bars. You don’t even need a stove, which is great news in a hot kitchen. Follow the simple recipe below as a base for your creations.
Here’s a Simple Nut Butter, Cranberry & Coconut Recipe to get you started.
Blend all ingredients below, starting with the wet stuff first. Mix the dry ingredients in a second bowl. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry until you can shape it into 2 inch balls. Refrigerate.
- ½ cup Peanut butter (or almond, sunflower or other nut butter)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon Vanilla
- ¼ cup Coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- ¼ cup Cranberries
- 1 ¼ cup Oatmeal (Add more if needed until “dough” adheres, but isn’t too sticky.)
The recipe is very versatile. Experiment! If you don’t like honey, try agave or another gooey sweetener. If you’re not a fan of coconut, lose it. If cranberries aren’t your thing, try chopped dates, figs, raisins or another favorite dried fruit. To make it a truly solid snack that doesn’t melt away avoid chocolate chips, carob chips or yogurt covered fruit bits.