You know you want to take care of your teeth but you just can't help it — you have a sweet tooth! So you're asking, "What should I eat when I crave sweets?" Luckily, there are lots of easy options to choose from. Here are ten healthy (and tasty!) alternatives to sweets:
10 Healthy Alternatives To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
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Start with plain yogurt (no added flavors or sugars) and then build up from there. You can add fruit, nuts, granola, a little honey, and you've practically made a healthy ice cream sundae.
TIP: Yogurt and other dairy products are great healthy snack options because they often contain little sugar and they have calcium!
Chia pudding is incredibly easy to make and you can customize it in countless ways. First, combine your chia seeds and preferred milk together and let the pudding set for at least a couple hours in the fridge. From there, you can add berries, granola, a touch of honey or maple syrup, coconut, nut butter — whatever sounds good!
FACT: Chia seeds are MEGA beneficial — full of Omega 3's, that is. They're also full of fiber and antioxidants and may help regulate blood sugar, according to Healthline.
Okay, it's not a dessert or a "treat" but it is a tasty alternative to grabbing a donut! Rich in natural sugars, sweet potatoes are also full of fiber so they help satiate your craving way better than empty, refined sugars. And seriously, add some butter (and salt or cinnamon, whichever way you swing) and you can't go wrong.
No matter which treat you choose to indulge in, it's important to protect your teeth in the best way possible for that specific food. Every time you find yourself craving something sugary, remember how easy it is to satisfy your sweet tooth while still caring for your smile!
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