5 Healthy Pantry Must-Haves to Satisfy your Sweet Tooth
For most people, the hardest part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the cravings for sweets. And although it might seem impossible to find healthy solutions to those cravings, with the right preparation and shopping you will be able to stay healthy and satisfy that sweet tooth.
Keep reading to find out the 5 best healthy sweet treats you should keep stocked in your pantry to crush your cravings:
1. Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit is one of nature’s best sweet treats. They have evolved over millions of years perfecting their sweet taste so animals will eat them and spread their seeds.
Fruit contains natural sugars, which are a combination of sucrose, fructose and glucose. These complex natural sugars in fruit are much different than the added sugars in other desserts, which is why fruit can taste delicious, and also be extremely good for you.
Fresh fruit is full of vitamins and nutrients that help provide us with a balanced diet for good health. These vitamins, such as vitamin C and A, help you strengthen your muscles and bones while satisfying your sweet tooth at the same time! Eating fruit is even scientifically proven to lower heart disease!
2. Dark Chocolate
I know what you must be thinking…. There’s no way chocolate should be on this list! What if i told you that chocolate can be good for you if you’re careful. You just need to make sure to stay away from milk and white chocolate: those are packed with added sugars.
The reason dark chocolate is an amazing healthy sweet dessert is because it is packed with antioxidants that helps fight against unhealthy compounds in your body. In fact, one study even concluded that dark chocolate has more antioxidants than every single fruit that they tested.
You need to be careful though, dark chocolate still has a lot of calories per serving, so if you’re trying to crush that sweet tooth with this healthy treat, make sure to do it in moderation.
3. Mmmly Soft Cookies
If you need a healthy dessert to make sure your cravings are going to disappear, you have to to try our healthy and delicious soft cookies! Made from tiger nut flour, these soft cookies have 6 grams of prebiotic fiber per serving, which promotes good digestion and gut health. These soft cookies are also filled with fresh fruits, dark chocolate, and nut butters, making them packed full of all the unique health benefits on this list.
On top of all that, these cookies are dairy, wheat and gluten free, so they can accommodate anyone's health concerns! Try these delicious cookies by themselves, or break them up and throw them onto some yogurt to create a magical healthy dessert treat that you’re going to love!
Try all four of our amazing cookie flavors!
4. Raw Honey
Raw, unprocessed honey is a tasty replacement to normal table sugar that's actually good for you. Honey bees change the chemical composition of the nectar they collect to create the sweet taste that we all love. With its higher fructose content, honey is actually a lot sweeter than table sugar, meaning you can use less of it while still getting that sweet flavor you crave.
Much like dark chocolate, honey is packed with plant-based antioxidants from the nectar the bees collect. The antioxidants specifically in honey target and destroy harmful compounds that accelerate the aging process in the skin.
Honey also is used for its medicinal properties, and contains chemicals proven to fight bacterial infections! Drizzle some honey on top of some nonfat greek yogurt, or even some fresh fruit to maximize the potential of this healthy sweet treat.
5. Natural Nut Butters
All-natural nut butters are a protein packed healthy sweet treat that you can feel good about eating. Many popular brands today are filled with added oils and sugars, so make sure to buy the right types of all-natural nut butter, or be adventurous and try to make some yourself at home!
Nut butters are filled with proteins and healthy fats that help repair broken muscle tissue and keep you full of energy. Try some all natural nut butter on a rice cake with honey to create a deliciously simple healthy sweet dessert to end your day.