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Sweet cravings can be a disaster when dieting, but you needn’t give in to them with these 6 healthy ways to satisfy your sweet tooth.
You know the feeling well. You think you’re doing really well on your diet – sticking to the foods you know you should eat, avoiding junk, feeling pretty good, and not being tempted by diet wrecking foods at all. Then boom!

All of a sudden, cravings strike, and you just have to have something sweet.

1. Fruit

Fruit is known as “nature’s candy” so what better thing to replace real candy with?

The only potential danger with fruit is the sugar content. While it is high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, it still contains sugar. The fiber in fruit makes it digest more slowly, so does keep you feeling fuller for longer, but it still elicits a slight insulin spike.

Insulin is the hormone released from the pancreas when you eat high carb, and particularly high sugar foods, and while it’s needed for essential functions, too much can lead to fat gain.

To avoid this, stick to higher fiber fruits such as apples and kiwis, and pick lower sugar ones too. Berries, such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are perfect choices.  The only fruits you should avoid or at least limit are bananas, tropical fruits like pineapple and mango, and dried fruit, as these are all high in sugar.
Stay away from fruit juice too.

2. Drink Water

Sometimes cravings can be cured by having a drink. You might think that you want food, but actually, all your body really requires is some fluid.

Water helps fill you up too, and contains zero calories. Plus, when you drink, your mouth releases saliva, which can give the illusion of eating, and so the chemical signals that tell your brain you’re hungry switch off.

Next time you get a sugar craving, drink two big glasses of water, or as much as you need to feel really full. You can substitute plain tea or coffee instead if you’d prefer.

3. Diet Soda

It might get a bad rap, but diet soda is a really good cure for a sweet tooth. Unlike regular soda, it’s extremely low in calories – one can only has around 10 calories. There has been some concern over the additives and sweeteners it contains, but no studies done on humans have ever shown a moderate consumption of diet soda to have a negative health impact. However, there are healthier options...

4. Fat

Fat is another one of those that people irrationally fear, but not eating enough fat could be the cause of your troubles.

Fat is extremely satiating, and when you don’t eat enough fat, your body can’t function properly, it lacks energy, and you crave sugar. A teaspoon of nut butter or coconut oil can give cravings the boot. The salty, sweet taste of peanut butter is also much more satisfying than pure sugary junk food, and it will keep you fuller.

5. Protein

Just like the fiber in fruit, protein takes a long time to digest, and boosts your metabolism, keeping you full and burning calories. Lean protein foods like chicken, lean beef, white fish and cottage cheese are very low calorie too.
For a sweet protein treat, try a flavored, no added sugar protein shake mixed with a little water.

6. Vegetables

Vegetables are so low in calories that most dieters don’t even count them. They’re really filling too.

Eat sticks of carrot, celery and cucumber dipped in salsa or hummus in times of cravings, and make sure you pile your plate high with healthy greens at meal times.

With these 6 tactics in place, there’s now no excuse for succumbing to your sweet tooth cravings and ruining your diet.