When your inner lush lady or sweet tooth gets the best of you, it can be difficult to not indulge in what you want when the impulse strikes. One thing is true, you never feel bad if you make the smartest choice. So put your shame away and opt for a light bite that will leave you feeling proud of yourself in a moment of strong craving. Here are a couple of my favorite healthy substitutes for sugary-sweet treats and calorie-laden cocktails.
Peanut Butter & Jelly (165 calories)
This is a childhood love of mine and when the craving for a PB&J hits, it is real and deep. A good old-fashioned PB&J sandwich plays around in the 350-calorie range. I have found two delicious and healthy substitutes for this old-school fav; each variation is around 165 calories per serving. Nom nom nom.
- 1/8 cup of peanuts and 1/2 cup red grapes
Eating these together will completely do the trick. The saltiness of the peanuts and sweetness of the grapes makes such a nice balance that satisfies.
- You can also substitute a 1 tbsp. of peanut butter and a 1/8 cup dried cherries.
Banana Cream Pie (165 calories)
While this rich dessert is typically 385 calories, this lighter version will only cost you about 165 calories. Yes please!
- 1 banana sliced
- Drizzle of dark chocolate syrup
- Dollop of Cool Whip
- 1 square of graham cracker, crumbled
Slice bananas and place them flat side down on the plate. Place an extra generous dollop of Cool Whip in the center. Give it a light drizzle of chocolate syrup. Crumble one graham cracker square to top it off. Voila! A guiltless version of one fine decadent dessert.
Smores (120 calories)
Smores are simply divine, but they can be both messy and heavy on the calories at around 200 calories per serving. A smores substitution solution is all about the pop! A smores pop! With only 120 calories for 2 pops, this smores simulation will curb your craving for sure.
- Large Marshmellows
- 1 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 6 graham crackers (crumbled)
- Skewers or lollipop sticks
- Plastic cups (for drying)
Turn cups upside down and punch small holes in the bottom, just large enough to fit the skewers or lollipop sticks into. Push marshmallows onto the sticks. Add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 20 seconds. Stir and heat for 20 more seconds. Repeat until fully melted. Work quickly and dip each marshmallow into the chocolate, then roll into the bowl of crumbled graham crackers. Slide pop into one of the cup holes and allow drying for about 10 minutes.
Strawberry Pie (135 calories)
Depending on the recipe, a homemade strawberry pie can run anywhere from 425 to 1,800 calories a slice. You could potentially consume a days worth of calories in one sitting to top off your meal. Nope, nope, nope. My simple strawberry pie substitute is completely guilt-free, comparatively.
- 1 tbsp. of Biscoff crunchy cookie spread
- 1 cup fresh Strawberries, sliced
- Dollop of Cool Whip (optional)
Place spoonful of Biscoff on the side of the plate. Add fresh strawberries and Cool Whip. Lightly dip fork into the spread, then snatch a strawberry. The crunchy graham craker-y flavor with the sweet strawberry makes for the perfect bite!
Pinny Pina Colada (105 calories)
Stay pin thin and properly tipsy with this pina colada variation. At around 140 calories per serving, this beats the typical calorie dense drink that runs around 350 calories
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of ice
- Juice of 1 lime
- 3 shots Ciroc coconut vodka
- Generous splash of fresh pineapple juice or ½ cup pineapple chunks
*These measurements will make around 3 drinks. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend thoroughly. Add more ice or juice depending on the consistency that you prefer.
Skinny Chi Chi (115 calories)
This drink is a light and tasty summer sipper that is perfect for a beach buzz!
- Ciroc coconut vodka (1-2 shots)
- Splash of pineapple juice
- Club soda
- 2 lime wedges
Ciroc is made from grapes instead of potatoes so it is less carb-y than other vodkas. Enjoy!
**Calorie counts are approximations
Sarah Blackman © 2015