I think I’ve discovered a secret. It concerns my dreadful mid-afternoon cravings for something sweet. Come on, don’t make me feel alone and pretend that your sweet tooth doesn’t ever kick in. If we all just admit that the four-year old in all of us likes sweet things, we’ll all come out of denial and be so much the happier. ….Okay, maybe there are some of us that have no sweet teeth and eat broccoli every meal, but that is not me. It’s something I’m constantly fighting…okay…giving in to.
BUT…there is a happy medium. I may give into something sweet, but it’s not necessarily bad. The trick is to be prepared when those cravings come and swap a sugary craving for a healthy, SWEET craving. It’s all about substitution. I don’t like to be all about self-deprivation when it comes to food. With me, it ultimately back fires…once I start telling myself I can’t have something that’s all I want. Ridiculous, I know.
There are so many things we can use to substitute our naughty cravings. Say, dark chocolate over milk chocolate. A thick, chocolate smoothie over a milkshake. A baked apple with cinnamon instead of apple pie.
…And instead of hot chocolate…Hot Vanilla Milk! This is my new secret! It’s super low in calories, healthy, vegan, and tastes sweet! It’s something that I can just sip and savour slowly; instead of just popping a chocolate in my mouth…I’m in love with it! Serves 1.
So without further ado…
Hot Vanilla Milk
- 1 cup almond milk*
- 1 tsp. agave nectar
- ½ tsp. pure vanilla essence
Steam all the ingredients over medium on the stove. Bring to a light boil, beating it briskly with as small whisk so that the milk gets foamy. Garnish with a little nutmeg, cocoa, or cinnamon and there you have it. Instant. Sweet. Gratification.
There’s something so comforting about cuddling a hot mug of something. So cozy.
Nutritional Info: Cals: 66, Fat: 3g, Sodium: 180mg, Carbs: 7.5g, Fibre: 1g, Sugars: 5g, Protein: 1g
What are your healthy swaps for sugary cravings?
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