Best Foods to Fill Sweet Cravings

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Make Dessert a Solution, Not a Problem

Women have quite a reputation for being head over heels in love with desserts and specifically CHOCOLATE! Think of the appeal: sweet, satisfying and always makes you happy. Now, where else can you get a deal like that? Some scientists claim it will lower your risk of stroke by 20%. Other researchers claim small amounts of dark chocolate can lower your blood pressure and extend your life.

How much more proof do we need? I say, just hand it over!  So if dessert is the answer, then how do you stay trim? I fondly remember a line in the popular musical Hairspray where Velma Von Tussle, Amber’s mother, says she hasn’t had a dessert in 20 years!  Or, opposite of her, you could eat a huge ice cream sundae or a piece of cake every day. These gourmet desserts easily amount to 700-1000 calories or half of your daily calorie intake for weight maintenance. You can bet, if you’re eating too many high-calorie desserts, then gaining weight is an imminent threat and diets aren’t going to work.  So if some dessert is good for you, but too much dessert is bad for you. I propose a solution! And if my tips help women stay slim eating dessert and sweet foods, I think I deserve an award for that! It would be for “Peace of mind”.

So my lady, don’t cut sweet foods out of your life. The relationship wasn’t that bad!  Just fill your cravings with these sweet wonders! Don’t try to fight it, just do it!

Eat Responsibly, Foods to Satisfy Your Sweet Craving

 1. Fruit is always your first go to when craving something sweet. Pick your favorite fruits. To me, cherries taste like candy and I can never eat all the raspberries I truly desire. The more you get used to eating natural foods, the desserts that are all wrong for you won’t taste good anymore. Want to give your fruit an extra kick? Lightly dip your strawberry in high-quality dark chocolate!

 2. Make a vow to yourself that your desserts must also have a good amount of nutrition in them. Remember food is for fuel and nutrition.  So, make a carrot cake with freshly grated carrots, some coconut macaroons with real coconut meat in them, a cupcake with fresh orange zest. And go as light as you can get away with on sugar for the rest of the recipe. With the smaller amount of sugar you are using, make sure it’s natural or comes from a natural plant like Stevia.

 3. Flavor your meat with sweet sauces. Sweet doesn’t always have to come from dessert. I love the Chinese sesame and sweet and sour chicken. And you don’t just have to use the sauce packets! You can make sweet and sour sauce from an actual pineapple, which is very healthy. Get creative with making sauces from actual fresh fruits. You could make a plum sauce, orange sauce or branch out and make fresh jellies and jams. If you’re not used to cooking with fresh fruits then gradually add in any extra sugar needed, or don’t use any at all if not absolutely necessary.

4. Invest in high-quality dark chocolate. Not overly sweet. Get it from a health food store. Read the label. The percent of cocoa should be in the 70s, 80s or 90s! Kind of like your favorite type of music. Healthy chocolate rocks!

5. Make your own desserts and carbohydrate foods at home. I have found with my clients and customers that desserts and carbohydrates present the biggest challenge to them. So make them at home so you can monitor the sugar and use healthy ingredients. You can bake cookies, scones, banana bread, and strawberry sorbet to start with. Experiment and have fun! Keep your sugar intake to 12 grams sugar at one sitting with a treat.

6. Make your own fresh fruit juice or smoothies. Fresh orange juice, pineapple or grapefruit juice should take the place of sodas. Sure, it doesn’t come in a can, but think about what it “CAN” do for you!

 

Find Amazing Cookbooks to Help with Your Journey

The Domestic Diva has two brand new cookbooks on Amazon,  Healthy JunkFood and Italian Vegan Cookbook that include weight-loss recipes for chocolate, spaghetti, nachos, tiramisu and the whole she-bang of yummy food. These comfort foods are great for keeping you satisfied and helping you get in shape!

 

 “I would love for you to get in shape eating the recipes I used to shed 20 lbs.  No more diets! It’s a healthy lifestyle with yummy food.  Good Luck and know that I believe in you!

 

Guest Post contributed by The Domestic Diva, owner of the health and nutrition company Healthy JunkFood.  She serves as a health coach and enjoys motivational speaking to the community about leading a healthy lifestyle.  

Crock-Pot Sausage Peppers and Onions ~ An Anytime Dinner!

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Crock-Pot Sausage Peppers  and Onions ~ Don’t Wait for Fair Food!

It’s about time for street fairs and county fairs to start popping up everywhere.  And it seems no fair is complete without fair food.  What’s fair food?  Typically it’s a lot of fried foods, including veggies, dough, and occasionally an oddity like oreos or my favorite (yet untried) deep fried butter.  But my very favorite that I remember getting as a child, was a big hoagie roll filled with Sausage Peppers and Onions.  Cooked on a huge griddle in giant spirals, you could peer in the windows of the fair cart and see them sizzling as they cut a chunk for your roll.  But why wait until the fairs start up?  Make Crock-Pot Sausage Peppers and Onions at home, easily!

A Summertime Dream Meal: Sausage Peppers and Onions Fit the Bill

Cooking Sausage Peppers and Onions in your Crock-Pot keeps your kitchen cooler, but it also allows you the time to have fun this summer, knowing that you have a great meal ready and waiting for you when you need it.  I love to make up huge batches of Sausage Peppers and Onions, just in case I have people stop by around dinner time, or to have as leftovers for a day or two.  Simply heat the Sausage Peppers and Onions in the microwave or oven and nestle in a hoagie roll for a meal that tastes just as good reheated as it did the first day!

Crock-Pot Sausage Peppers and Onions ~ An Easy Summer Dinner

Crock-Pot Sausage Peppers and Onions ~ An Easy Summer Dinner

Ingredients

  • 2-4 lbs Italian sausage, rope or links, sweet or hot
  • 4-6 bell peppers, any color, cleaned and sliced
  • 2-3 large yellow onions, peeled and sliced
  • hoagie rolls

Instructions

  1. Place the peppers and onions in the bottom of the Crock-Pot. Add the Italian sausage on top.
  2. Set the Crock-Pot to low and cook 6-8 hours, until sausage is tender and cooked through.
  3. Serve on fresh hoagie rolls. Top with spicy mustard if desired.
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Sausage Peppers and Onions: Don’t Stick to Just Italian!

You can make Sausage Peppers and Onions, or something similar, with just about any sausage, all different kinds of veggies, and a Crock-Pot.  I love using sauerkraut and kielbasa, or even for the kiddos, hot dogs.  It makes a fantastic meal that you only have to spend about 5 minutes preparing, then let it do its own thing in the Crock-Pot.  Make it simple, make it fast, and make Sausage Peppers and Onions!