My Auntie Jean has always been one of those ladies that absolutely needs something sweet after her dinner. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve watched her munch through healthy salad mains only to binge out on a sweet dessert!
She’s actually the inspiration behind this article – I started looking into healthy snacks after dinner on her behalf!
She was adamant that I didn’t have to go looking for something fancy – she just wanted a healthy substitute to arm wrestle her longing sweet tooth!
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Keeping it Healthy!
Let’s face facts here – anything that manages to properly satisfy our sweet tooth isn’t going to be the epitome of a healthy meal.
I kept this in mind as I was searching around the internet looking for after dinner options. I had to find some common ground – my auntie would not just settle for a bowl of fruit!
So some of the healthy after dinner snacks I’m covering here are going to have a bit of sugar in their makeup…but that’s alright! They are low sugar options and they are a world away from your more traditional after dinner calorie fests…
1) Chocolate Bananas
I have to be honest I had to try this one out for myself because I’m a bit of a monkey when it comes to bananas ( love ’em ).
This awesome fruit is a good source of vitamins C and B6 along with being packed rigid with fiber and potassium.
Now, I’m no ‘Chef Ramsey’ when it comes to desserts but I found this little beauty incredibly easy to pull off. Simply:
- Cut a few bananas in half
- Put them in the freezer for about 3 hours or so
- Take them out then roll them in melted dark chocolate
- Roll them in some sort of crunchy topping ( I picked granola )
- Put them back in the freezer for about an hour
Simple, delicious and not too heavy on the sugar – a perfect starting point for healthy snacks after dinner!
2) Frozen Fruit
The chocolate bananas were nice…and that got me thinking!
What other fruits worked out in a frozen situation?
So dug around a bit on a few health blogs I often visit and I found out that grapes or pineapple make for a great frosty treat. These frozen treat choices are very sweet and take a while to eat since you can’t easily chomp through each bite.
This gives off the feeling that you are actually tucking into some sort of dessert – try it and see!
Popsicles are great because they can me made by you and you therefore you have complete control over what is going into them.
A friend of mine is well into his body building routine and he swears by popsicles as a way of quieting down that pesky sweet tooth. He told me that he often makes them out of plain orange juice ( not from concentrate ).
But let’s be honest here – if you like smoothies then you can really think outside the box with healthy popsicles. Blueberries, cherries, Kiwi fruit – just be as creative as you want and mix up some cool flavors.
4) Simple Dark Chocolate
I know it’s not the same as milk chocolate and I know it sometimes tastes like feet, but dark chocolate really can take away that sugar urge.
Quality dark chocolate is more than 70 percent cacao which means it avoids all the low quality fats and sugars which milk chocolate contains.
As you can probably tell – I hate the stuff, but many slimmers I have come across swear by it!
5) Greek Yogurt Parfait
Greek yogurt is an awesome source of calcium and performs well as an effective ally to healthy weight loss.
I used to use this type of yogurt regularly when I first got into distance running because it supplied me with a mountain of protein ( twice as much as regular yogurt! ).
Again, you can pretty much think outside the box with this healthy delight, but I used to love topping it off with natural honey and/or a small portion of fruit.
This is a personal favorite of mine but I HATE the way supermarkets overprice them! Berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants available and taste great.
They are super high in sweetness and flavor and really low in calories. As I mentioned, the only downside is that they are often overpriced when compared to other fruits.
7) Plain Popcorn
Without all of the butter and salt, popcorn is actually a really healthy and low fat option snack choice. It has a really high level of fiber which is excellent for promoting healthy weight loss.
For those of you that cannot face popcorn without the sweet edge try a dusting of cinnamon. It does a great job of turning the corn sweet and it also regulates blood sugar.
Craving Healthy Snacks After Dinner?
Remember, taking on one kind of craving at a time may help you eat less and lose weight much more effectively. Start with those tricky after dinner treats and watch your body shape take a much more attractive form…