3 Sweet Treat Ideas from an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach!

If you know me now, you never would've guessed I was a candyholic, anything with bright packaging, lime green and pink strawberry flavors were my calling.  Fast forward 4 years and I haven't touched a piece of candy, unless you consider gum candy.  I am not expecting a standing ovation for getting over my sugar addiction, instead I am here to give you some replacements for the candy cravings.  This is what works when I am in need of some sweet lovin'.

 

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bar 

Heat this ish up.  Eat it as is.  Bake it in the oven. Blend it into a smoothie with coconut milk and enjoy a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake.  WHAT!?  Yep, you heard it here first.  Google recipes using Quest Bars, there's a ton!  There are more than 12+ flavors of Quest Bars, find your favorite and get to playing!

2. Coconut Milk Ice Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip flavor, No Sugar Added.  

This ice cream....GOD SEND!  This container has 4 servings and I probably eat 1 serving every time I dive in.  Eat it slowly and savor every spoon filled bite.  It's GMO, Dairy, Soy + Gluten Free!  1 gram of sugar per serving, there's a higher fat content but at least it's good fat.  Make sure you get the NO SUGAR ADDED, there's one that looks the same without the NO SUGAR ADDED on top and I've made the mistake of buying it.  This is SOOOOO yummy!!

This ice cream....GOD SEND!  This container has 4 servings and I probably eat 1 serving every time I dive in.  Eat it slowly and savor every spoon filled bite.  It's GMO, Dairy, Soy + Gluten Free!  1 gram of sugar per serving, there's a higher fat content but at least it's good fat.  Make sure you get the NO SUGAR ADDED, there's one that looks the same without the NO SUGAR ADDED on top and I've made the mistake of buying it.  This is SOOOOO yummy!!

3. My favorite Homemade Chocolate Milkshake.

*Picture courtesy of http://www.vegannie.com/recipes/choco-banana-milkshake

Do you see a trend here with the chocolate?  I'm kind of a fanatic.

Here's the recipe:

HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE

1 cup coconut milk

1-2 TBSP raw cacao powder

1 TBSP honey or xylitol

2 ice cubes

Blend.

Optional: dash of cinnamon

There are tons of ways to eat your favorite things in a healthier manner.  There's alternatives to everything!  All three treats are gluten free and everything but the Quest Bar is dairy free. The Quest Bar has whey protein in it, some lactose intolerant peeps can handle it and some cannot.  Use your best judgment.

So there you have it girls + boys, use these ideas when you're hankering for a sweet treat!