Do you ever have a strong craving for something sweet, but you don’t want to blow your whole plan? I do and honestly pretty often. I have a huge sweet tooth and sometimes it is just too hard to tame it!
Here is one of my go-to’s to satisfy the sweet tooth:
Fat free and sugar free vanilla pudding mix
2 cups milk (I prefer 1% personally)
Half of a diced banana
The vanilla pudding tastes delicious even without the sugar and fat. I have eaten it by itself as well as with the banana and it hit the spot.
So what you do is prepare the pudding as per the directions on the box, using whatever milk you have available to you. Then after it has set in the fridge, serve yourself a half cup (one serving), dice half of a banana, and mix it together. Sit down and enjoy the sweet and complimentary flavors!
It’s a dessert, but at least half healthy! Made with 1% milk and half of a small banana, it totals around 115-125 calories for the whole treat! What a lovely low-calorie way to fill your sweet tooth’s cravings! Plus it has the added bonus of 4 grams of protein from the milk!
You could also try other fat free, sugar free pudding flavors mixed with other fresh fruit or even canned fruit and find what works for you if this doesn’t sound good. There are so many options!
My go-to breakfast for quite a while has been this:
Toast with peanut butter and sliced banana on top. Yum!
Bread: I personally use Aunt Millie’s whole grain white bread because that’s what we always have in the house and it’s healthy and tasty! Two slices have only 100 calories but 5g of protein and 5g fiber. It’s the best kind nutritionally without spending an arm and a leg on each loaf, as we go through bread pretty quickly here.
Peanut butter: usually Great Value creamy peanut butter, which is 90 calories per tablespoon. I use 1.5 tablespoons most of the time.
Then there’s the bananas of course! We usually only have 5-6″ bananas which are 72-90 calories apiece.
The whole breakfast is 325 calories, 10g+ protein, and 5g fiber.
My experience with it, especially accompanied by coffee, is that it keeps me full a minimum of 2-3 hours and sometimes content as long as 4.
It’s also so delicious too! It hits the spot in the morning, and calms my sweet tooth while also being healthy.
There is a treat that I’ve recently discovered in my search of getting more protein in my daily diet. I had tried Greek yogurt a few times previously, but only ones with the fruit or fruit flavoring already added, and it truly grossed me out. So it kind of put me off of Greek yogurt for a little while.
However, I didn’t give up that easily. I kept getting drawn back to it. One shopping trip I decided to try vanilla/plain Greek yogurt and mix it with my own fresh fruit at home. So I grabbed a four pack and brought it home, determined to make it work somehow. First “recipe” I tried was to mix the Greek yogurt with a whole diced banana and a tablespoon of peanut butter (half a serving). And OH MY, was that tasty! It was so delicious! It really reminded me of banana cream pie with a hint of peanut butter.
Due to oral surgery this week and a lack of bananas in the house, I ended up trying the Greek yogurt with just 1 1/2 tablespoons of peanut bugged mixed in… and it still tasted absolutely delicious. So even if you don’t like bananas or are like me and don’t have them in the house at any particular moment, try the Greek yogurt with just peanut butter mixed in.
Greek yogurt has 12g protein
Peanut butter has 3.5g per tablespoon, half serving
Bananas aren’t a source of protein but have some much needed potassium