Ditch these 5 sweets
Updated: May 21, 2019
How often has your sweet tooth affected your goals? I know it's tampered with mine quite a few times!
Yes, sweet are delicious and tempting but we all know the negative repercussions associated with sugar.
To help you conquer your sugar craving once and for all, I’ve identified 5 sweets you should ditch, and add a healthy substitute for each.
1. Ditch this Sweet: Candy
Nothing gets refined sugar circulating through your body quicker than a fistful of candy—and if you’re in the habit of eating candy daily then your body will crave it. Candy has virtually no nutritional value, other than caloric energy, and will quickly end up stored on your body in the form of unwanted, annoying body fat.
Do This: Swap candy out for a handful of mixed nuts, or a small square of very dark chocolate (at least 72% cocoa content).
2. Ditch this Sweet: Baked Goods
Cake, cookies, brownies, pastries, donuts, and pies are filled with sugar. While these may not taste as sweet as candy, the combination of refined sugar and white flour will spike your blood sugar just the same. Very much like candy, regularly eating baked goods may become a habit. Break yourself of this and you’ll find the number on your scale going down rather than up.
Do This: Swap out the cookie and reach for a piece of fresh, seasonal fruit. Fruit is nature’s candy and is every bit as blissful as a slice of cake. Serving a beautiful fruit platter to guests can be as delightful as any baked treat.
3. Ditch this Sweet: Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
Nothing makes you feel as happy and carefree as a bowl of creamy ice cream…until that ice cream makes its permanent home on your waist. Very much like candy, ice cream has few nutritional benefits. If I'm being honest, ice cream is my kryptonite, There have been times where I've eaten ice cream almost every night for over a month. Needless to say, I gained about 10 pounds.
Do This: What I've found to help curb my ice cream cravings is greek yogurt, with a few blueberries and a small handful of granola. This is a great dose of protein, with a little bit of sugar to help satisfy your sweet tooth.
4. Ditch this Sweet: Soft Drinks
A regular can of soda pop contains the equivalent of 10 packets of sugar. That’s more sugar than you should consume in a full week! Soft drinks something that you get into the habit of drinking and then do without thinking. The good news is that a habit can be broken and then replaced with something healthier.
Do This: Take soda pop out of your diet. Try some of the flavored carbonated waters instead. They taste great, and often times contain zero calories.
5. Ditch this Sweet: Blended Drinks
Smoothies, blended coffee drinks, and milkshakes are all tempting treats, especially in hot summer months. Don’t give in to the temptation! These items are even more deadly than most treats since they are consumed through a straw and don’t make you feel full. The reason these drinks taste so good is because they're filled with a bunch of sugary calories.
Do This: Make your own healthy blended drinks at home by using natural sweeteners like stevia, or simply by using fruit. Blend a delicious protein shake with ice, milk and protein powder.
A great thing to remember is that once you’ve fallen out of the habit of eating sugar, your body will no longer crave it. This means that each day spent in discipline will bring you closer to the day that sugar no longer has a hold over you. Imagine how much happier and healthier you will be!
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