We’ve all been there. It 8 p.m. We’re watching our favorite show and suddenly we are like the dog on UP…”Cookie!” It’s all we can think about. A sweet treat with a cold glass of milk…yum. Warm cookies have been my downfall for years. I used to make cookie batter and freeze small batches so after dinner, all I had to do was take one out, defrost it super quick, and through a nice half-dozen in my toaster over. Sweet, warm perfection after a long day.
Ever since changing my eating habits and focusing on nothing but natural, energy enhancing sugars, things have changed. To begin, once I kicked the sugar habit for good, many of my sweet cravings completely disappeared. I feel satiated now. But at certain times (ladies, you know what I mean!) my hormones just won’t quit and yes, I feel like I could kill for one of those warm chocolate chip cookies again.
Instead of reaching for the cookies, here are 3 of the recipes that have helped me. They satisfied me when I feel that urge for sugary foods that would throw me completely off balance and, as a food addict, may start that snowball before I know it.
CHOCOLATE COVERED BERRIES SMOOTHIE
1 cup water or almond, hemp or coconut milk
1 ripe banana
1 cup of frozen berries 1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon raw cacao
3-4 ice cubes
½ dropper of vanilla stevia
Place all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy
SIMPLE GREENS SALAD WITH GRAPEFRUIT TAHINI DRESSING
2 cups spring mix
½ cup cucumber, chopped
5 or 6 cherry tomatoes
½ large grapefruit, sectioned
½ bunch parsley, chopped
½ grapefruit, juiced
3 tablespoons tahini
¼ teaspoon garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
Prepare dressing by combining grapefruit juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Set to the side.
Prepare the salad by placing spring mix, cucumber, grapefruit pieces, and parsley into a salad bowl. Top with grapefruit tahini dressing. Serve immediately.
SIMPLY YUMMY BAKED APPLE
Living in a cooler climate at the moment, I often crave something warm and sweet at the end of the day. This baked apples is truly amazing and even half of it will satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth. Top with a little homemade granola for a satisfying crunch.
1 red apple
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon raw honey or maple syrup
1 Tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
Slice the apple into ¼-inch thick slices. Sprinkle slices with cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 F. Drizzle with honey or maple syrup and top with raw pumpkin seeds or a little homemade granola for added crunch.
I would love to hear what you think! Have you tried any of these recipes? Comment below and let me know!
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