This post is all about healthy sweet snacks that will satisfy any late-night craving. I usually work out at night time and after a really great sweat session, I often find myself craving a treat. These recipes are quick and easy and will satisfy that late night sweet tooth without making you feel guilty. I have included some ingredients to the recipes that are nutrient rich for some added health benefits. These recipes are sweetened with natural sugars. Keep in mind that it may be difficult at first to adjust to a less sweet version of your favorite desserts. Your taste buds will get used to the lower sugar content and you will find yourself feeling better overall!
Hot Chocolate with Dates
(Serves 1 person)
4 pitted dates
1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp of chocolate powder
1 pinch of cinnamon
1. Combine the almond milk, chocolate powder and dates. Heat in a small saucepan until dates become soft (about 5 minutes). Alternatively microwave on high for 90 seconds
2. Blend the entire mixture in blender for about 20-30 seconds on high speed.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon or add a cinnamon stick and serve
Note: Dates are a wonderful natural sweetener and are full of fiber. Fiber aids in proper digestion and helps to prevent diverticulitis. It also helps in patients that are suffering from IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome). For active adults the recommended daily fiber intake is about 25-35 grams per day. Each date contains about 1.6 grams of fiber.
Frozen yogurt Berries
1 cup of fresh blueberries or blackberries
1 cup of plain nonfat greek yogurt
½ tsp of vanilla
½ tsp of agave syrup
1. mix the yogurt, vanilla and agave syrup
2. dip the berries one by one into the mixture until coated entirely and place onto a nonstick surface
3. freeze the berries over night.
Note: Berries are very high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances in foods that help slow down damage to cells in the body. This in term is linked with decreased risk of cancer.
Chocolate Chia Pudding
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 cups of almond milk
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of cocoa powder
1 tbsp of fresh maple syrup
1. Mix chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, cocoa powder and maple syrup in a large bowl
2. Try to stir the chia pudding every hour for the first 4 hours just to make sure that the seeds to not settle on the bottom of the bowl
3. Let the pudding settle overnight
4. I like to top the pudding with berries and sometimes coconut flakes. You can also add a fruit salad or any topping really. Be creative!
Note: Chia seeds are filled with fiber, antioxidants and protein. They are really tiny but pack a huge nutritional punch! The chia seed is known for sustainable energy in the ancient Mayan culture - in fact, the word "chia" is the ancient Mayan word for strength. Most importantly a high percentage of the fat content in the chia seed is Omega 3 fatty acids which help improve memory and reduce cardiovascular risk.
I hope that you enjoy these recipes and learn that these foods will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will make you feel great and energetic as well.