I hear it all the time – that after-dinner, pre-bedtime, an insatiable craving that comes just about every night. You had a great dinner and while you’re satisfied, you’d do just about anything to satiate that sweet tooth creeping in. Besides that 2pm work snack, this is one of the hardest cravings I’ve found to overcome. 
 
If you indulge, you’re like to hurt all the hard work you’ve put in during your small group fitness class or your personal trainer session. A piece of cake, a bowl of ice cream, or a slice of pie are all typically packed chock full of sugars, fats, and empty calories you’ll be eating right before bedtime. What you’ll find is that even with all of the hard physical work you’re putting in, you’re not getting anywhere, and where is the motivation in that? The good news is, however, that you can put these cravings to bed, enjoy a little something sweet, and you don’t have to sabotage your hard work in doing so. 
 
What your body wants is something of a treat, but what your brain knows to give it is something really unhealthy. Mastering dessert cravings takes trying new healthy sweet alternatives, and showing your brain that cake or candy isn’t your only option here. A few sweet treat dessert recipes, that won’t undue your efforts, that I love are:

     

  • Cinnamon Sugar Acorn Squash – Cinnamon, coconut sugar, and sea salt combine to pack acorn squash full of sweet and indulgent flavor. This dessert recipe features just 105 calories and 4 grams of sugar. 
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  • Super Seed Bark – This indulgent little chocolate treat is packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and chia seeds, hemp seeds, quinoa, cashews, walnuts, and sesame seeds. Leaving you amply satisfied, the recipe only contains 143 calories and 2 grams of sugar, while packing a 4 gram protein punch accompanied by 3 grams of fiber. 

 

  • Magical Quinoa Brownies – These quinoa chocolate brownies aren’t just great for dessert, they also make a pretty indulgent breakfast as well. The brownies contain 218 calories with just 3 grams of sugar, but 9 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber give them that perfect day-starting punch.  

 
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