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Create a List of Smart Sweets

We'll be the first to admit that it's ridiculous to ask you to give up sweets altogether. This is the reason we have the 100 discretionary calories a day rule - you can indulge if you're smart about it. One of the key ways to be smart about it is to identify the really bad sweets in your current diet and transition to healthier alternatives.

Create a list of smart sweets

If you're guilty of over-consuming sugar but want to make a change, make a list of smart sweets. Not only will they curb those cravings, they'll help you hit your fitness goals that much quicker and leave you satisfied without the guilt.

6 Smart Sweets Ideas for Your Discretionary Calories

  1. Fruit: while it doesn't have the sugar rush associated with most sweets, fruit is probably the best guilt-free way to appease your sweet tooth.
  2. Cereal: A granola or flaky cereal can be a great sweet snack especially when you throw in some fruit.
  3. Chocolate Fix: Sugar free hot chocolate or reduced-fat chocolate milk. Easy chocolate fix with minimal calories. Enough said.
  4. Chocolate-dipped strawberries For the healthiest version of these, dip them in dark chocolate made from cacao beans.
  5. Fruit sorbet Puree some fruit and 100% fruit juice in the food processor, dish it up and freeze until slushy. You can buy it in the freezer isle, but watch for all those hidden ingredients.
  6. Baked apples Add some nuts and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon to the apples and bake. Apples are naturally sweet, so you get the satisfaction without the added sugar.

Amazingly, the average person consumes over 22 teaspoons of sugar every day - that's over 335 calories with next to no nutritional value whatsoever. While most of those calories come from soft drinks and candy, a lot are added to foods during the processing or preparation and hidden by marketers.

Excessive consumption of sugar does more than alter the outward shape of your body. Too much sugar can cause depression, affect your memory, contribute to learning disorders, increase your blood pressure, and much more. Crazy!

Even though these are smart sweets, be sure that your desire to eat is actually from hunger rather than boredom or thirst. Check out the Hunger Tests article for more info!

Matt Richter-Sand, NX Founder & CEO

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