A sweet tooth can be a diet downfall. Especially in the middle of the afternoon when a snack craving kicks in and you want to run to the vending machine or pantry and grab the nearest cookie or candy bar. That is the particularly the case when we tell ourselves we “can’t” have something. “Dietary restrictions definitely make cravings worse,” Adam Drewnowski, PhD, of the University of Washington told WebMD. Drewnowski says when hit with the need for something sweet, we should go ahead — as long as it is in moderation. To help keep you on the right path, but while still indulging that sweet tooth, here are six snacks with a few healthy ingredients thrown in.
1. Cinnamon Cocoa Dusted Almonds
Flavored almonds are easy to pack, easy to make, and totally addicting. Anyone with a sweet tooth who is looking for a new way to enjoy protein-filled, antioxidant rich almonds needs to try this recipe from The Pescetarian and the Pig.
- 1 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon honey or agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tiny pinch sea salt
Directions: Mix cocoa powder, cinnamon, and sea salt together in a food processor. Pour into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Set aside. In a deep saucepan over very low heat, stir almonds, honey, and vanilla until just coated. Remove from heat (the almonds should not be heated, the very low heat is just to make the honey liquify better to easily coat the almonds). Pour almonds into the baggy with the cocoa powder. Seal the baggy and shake until almonds are well coated. Store in a Ziploc or other airtight container.