• Indulging in more sugary treats than usual over the festive time is completely normal.

    However, too much sugar isn’t good for anyone’s health. If only the part of our brains that craves sugary goodness would listen!

    Staying away from sugar completely, especially when healthier versions exist, isn’t exactly a good idea either. Going cold turkey and eliminating all sugar from your daily food intake usually leads to increased binge eating.

    So where’s the middle ground?

    A healthy way to keep a check on your sugar cravings, is to opt for natural sugar-rich foods that will give you ‘that fix’ but also keep you fuller for longer. Moderation and a healthy, balanced eating plan is what we are going for.

    Here are a few suggested healthy alternatives:

    Dark Chocolate, of course


    Dark chocolate is the healthiest kind of chocolate, because it often offers the least amount of sugar. Keep a slab of Lindt EXCELLENCE 70%, 85% or 90% cocoa close by, but keep your intake to around two squares to maintain a healthy sugar intake.

    Bonus: Dark chocolate is also a great source of brain food!

    Date night


    Dates are rich in fiber, potassium and iron which help in boosting your energy. You can eat a handful of dates along with a few almonds for an even tastier and crunchier snack and the correct balance of sugar.

    The power of sweet potato


    Sweet potato contains starch that is rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. Although not exactly what the sweet-toothed person imagined as their treat, your sugar cravings will subdue, and your intake will be healthier.

    Berry delicious


    Berries are a nutritious choice for natural sugar. High in fiber and low in sugar, they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well. And, pairing with plain yogurt and a touch of honey makes for a delicious healthy dessert.

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    Written by Amy Steenkamp for Woman&Home.

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