Sweet Tooth

You can’t have your sweet tooth pulled!  But you can follow some easy steps to soothe it.

Tame your sugary cravings with a healthful, satisfying strategy.  Rely on nature’s candy – fresh, ripe, sweet fruit.  And whatever you reach for to quell that craving, limit your portion sizes so you’re not getting too much of a good thing.

But, if reaching for a handful of fresh berries seems dull, consider a wholesome snack with a twist such as these recommended by the American Dietetic Association.

Enjoy a juice-cicle – freeze unsweetened 100% fruit juice in ice pop molds or ice trays.  This is likely even cheaper than store bought popcicles and you’ll be leaving the unhealthy sweeteners behind.

Mix a fresh fruit smoothie by blending together a small container of low-fat yogurt with ice and the fresh or frozen fruits that you love.

Build a fruit kebab by stacking chunks of pineapple, slices of bananas, whole grapes and cherries onto wooden skewers.  These are great fun for kids treats and for parties too.

For breakfast tomorrow, try topping your toasted waffle with a dollop of yogurt and fresh berries instead of butter and syrup.  You may even like that your waffle stays crisp instead of soggy.

Make your own frozen sandwich by stacking banana slices on top of a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt in between two graham crackers.  More savory that a typical ice cream sandwich.

Besides tasting good, these snacks can boost your energy and provide vital nutrients.  And since you’re skipping the heavy sugars and artificial sweeteners, your smile will stay healthier too.

By | 2011-06-14T01:37:59+00:00 June 14th, 2011|Dental Hygiene, General Health|