When you’re going for fat loss, the word “dessert” is usually the first one out of the window. But, when you see dessert in a whole new light, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and achieve your fat loss goals in no time. So, I came up with my the top 3 foods that I eat when I want to finish my meal with something sweet without breaking the calorie bank. I’m sorry to disappoint those of you who love traditional sweets like ice cream, candy bars, or baked goods because this list doesn’t include muffins, cookies, Snickers, Gelatto, etc. but you probably already know that (this is a fitness blog after all).
But, you won’t be disappointed to know that this list does include chocolate. Yes, chocolate! Sweet!
Sweet Food #1: Dark Chocolate
Ok, so maybe it’s not the chocolate that you would normally eat but being able to eat dark chocolate is a nice compromise for me. I’ve got to say that I had to get used to eating dark chocolate at first because I was so used to eating sugary candy bars. Although I’ve always known that dark chocolate is good for me, I didn’t really put that knowledge into practice until I came upon this article by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple Blog. It was through his recommendation that I finally decided to try it. So, during a trip to BevMo, I got a bar of Lindt’s 70% Dark Chocolate. Since then, I’ve also tried the one with 85% cocoa. My most recent dark chocolate adventure was Green and Black’s Organic which was Mark’s preferred brand. Overall, I was very delighted with the experience that I would be keeping dark chocolate in my pantry.
Besides satisfying your sweet tooth, dark chocolate also has high antioxidant content. If you don’t already know, antioxidants fight free radicals. Basically, free radicals exists as part of our normal body processes and also when we encounter pollution, cigarette smoke, etc. When they are present in the body, they cause cell damage. When we eat foods with antioxidants, the antioxidants neutralize these free radicals so that they won’t cause cell damage.
I would usually eat one square of dark chocolate after I eat my dinner.
Sweet Food #2: Fruits
Fruit is a common dessert substitute that is recommended by nutritionists. When I didn’t eat fruit regularly, I didn’t really appreciate the wholesome, sweet goodness of most fruits. But, as I got into the habit of eating fruits along with my meals, I find that it gives my meal a nice finish. I like all kinds of fruits now and it’s really difficult for me to narrow down my list but if you’re looking for something particularly sweet, I would go for these choices:
- Mangoes – yellow, ripe, skinny Manila mangoes – not the the green, reddish, and fat ones that you will see at the grocery stores. These are the ones I was used to eating when I used to live in the Philippines but I recently found these at Whole Foods and you can usually find them at Asian grocery stores. I would eat one mango after a meal (I can seriously eat more of this but I have to stop myself…haha).
- Pineapples – look for the one with yellowish eyes and the sweet smell when you’re choosing one at the grocery store. I usually eat 2 1-inch thick slices of pineapple after meals.
- Kiwis – it’s not difficult to pick Kiwis. Just make sure you get the firm (not soft) ones. Eating 2 pieces of Kiwis is usually enough for me.
Sweet Food #3: Prunes or Dried Plums
Seriously? Aren’t Prunes for my grandparents? That’s what I used to think too but that t.v. ad from Sunsweet made these snacks very attractive to me that I just had to try them. After my very first bite, I was hooked! I may be cheating a little bit here because I’m giving this a separate category even though they really should be part of sweet food #2 because they are, after all, fruits. But, they deserve this much attention because on the day that I bought the 60 Calorie Packs, I devoured 3 of them…haha. It’s not a smart move because my aim was to not eat too much in the first place but I was able to get it down to one pack a day after that.
My first encounter with Prunes was the Kirkland Brand from Costco and I don’t remember liking them at all. If I didn’t take the chance to try these sweet little fruits again, I may have never found out that they can be this good. Seriously, go get yourself some Prunes at the grocery store this weekend and find out how good they are for yourself.
So, there you go. Now, you have an army of sweet foods to choose from for the next time you are in the mood for something sweet. I hope you enjoyed this post as much I enjoyed writing it. Can you tell I like sweets?…haha.