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37 Lower Calorie Sweet Treats To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

If you are a sugar addict, you will likely have some difficulty cutting off the sweet goodness cold turkey.  In my opinion it is totally possible to have a sugar addiction and the way I kicked my addiction was to find little ways to trick my brain into thinking it was getting what it wanted (even when the little treat was a lot lower in calories).



What you will find in this post:

  • How to Trick Your Brain
  • 37 Sweet Treats to Substitute to Help Your Waistline

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How to Trick Your Brain and Enjoy Lower Calorie Sweets

It is no secret that I love sweets.  I have been a long time sweet lover for years but after gaining 40 pounds during my first pregnancy, this Mama needed to lose some weight and cut back on the treats.  In order to do this, I had to trick my brain a bit.  I needed to find lower calorie treats I liked that could substitute for the heavier sweets I was used to.  


So how did I do this you ask?  I came up with a list of things I could substitute that would be a lot less calories, but still give me the satisfaction of getting something sweet.  Boom.


My goal was to make it something I would crave.  Yep, you read that right.  I wanted my little treat to be something I would crave instead of craving the higher calorie foods.  If I could re-train my brain to want those lower calorie treats, I could beat the addiction and be ok with the low calorie sweetness.  Hallelujah!


I found myself making a sweet treat part of my routine.  I started out having the low calorie treat daily.  That may seem excessive, but I was going from a 6 pack of cupcakes down to a cup of hot chocolate and at the time if I had my choice, I would have been all over the cupcakes.  But, I knew I wanted to be done with the addiction and find an eating balance I could live with.  I was so tired of chasing diets.

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In order to retrain my brain, I had to get it used the fact that I wouldn’t be eating all the high fat, sugary treats.  So I knew in order for my brain to really adapt to these changes, I needed to really crave my substitute sweets.  It is necessary to really like the lower calorie sweets if you want to break your sugar addiction.


After going down to the lower calorie sweets daily, I then cut back to 2-3 times per week and if I ended up having a low cal sweet 4 days per week, no biggie.  I knew that what I was consuming at this point was way better than what I had been doing so I felt totaly fine with that.  I felt like I was still making healthier choices and felt good about what I was doing.  I think that really helped me beat the addiction for good- I was happy with the choices I was making.


The best part about this exercise was that after about a month, I felt like I finally had control over my sweet tooth. I could start to even say no to the lower calorie sweets.  They weren’t necessary anymore and I didn’t really crave them.  I finally felt in control of my sweet tooth and it felt so good!


Here are some of the things I used to help me gain control over my sweet tooth.


37 Sweet Treats to Substitute to Help Your Waistline


Hot chocolate–  This was my go to for the longest time and yes I had marshmallows in it.  It was wonderful.  It helped and it was only a little over 100 calories.  Perfect in the winter!

Chocolate Milk

Hershey’s Kisses– like 3 kisses at the most

Protein balls- there are tons of great recipes on Pinterest.

Peanut butter– Right out of the jar… 1 tbsp baby.  Delicious!!!

Peanut butter toast

Toast with almond butter

Rice cake with peanut butter and banana

Chocolate Chips– just a handful of chocolate chips

Homemade chocolate chip cookie– I limited myself to 1.  Yes this is a test of willpower but it is possible.  The 21 Day Fix Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe is amazing!!!!

Granola cups– I love this recipe.  They are so good and they taste almost sinful.  Thank you Tammy!

Yogurt– buy the kind that doesn’t have artificial sweeteners.  If you can buy vanilla and add some berries or buy plain and add honey and berries, it is really good

Homemade Granola– Just a little touch of sweetness and it is amazing.  Another OYS recipe

Banana with peanut butter–  It just tastes good

Belvita Crackers– this has been one of my favorites lately.  I think they are pretty good:)

Animal Crackers– just a handful of them

Homemade brownies– Yes I said brownies.  I feel less guilt with using this recipe.  

Homemade Lemon and Blueberry MuffinsThese muffins are just subtly sweet and I think they are amazing.  My kids love them and my husband will eat them for breakfast (huge win because then I don’t have to cook… boom).

Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt– ½ cup.  Yes, I am serious.  Or you can share a small blizzard at the Dairy Queen 3 ways.  

Berries–   Mix 1/2 cup strawberries and blueberries.  YUM.

100 Calorie Packs– There are these cool little things called 100 Calorie Packs.  They are useful to try to get over more indulgent sweet treats.  

Banana- yes healthy foods actually help curb the sweet addiction too.


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Grapes– You can freeze them for a different texture

Grapefruit– kinda sweet and sour I guess

Smoothies– This coconut smoothie and oatmeal cookie smoothie are my favorites.  This mango raspberry smoothie is awesome also!

Protein shake

Rice Krispie treat– a small one

Whole grain cereal– ½ cup dry cereal like Heart to Heart Honey Oats.

FroYo bitesThese are amazing too!!!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse– This is decadent and it will satisfy your sweet tooth for sure.  This is a bit higher in fat so use this recipe sparingly.  This is a great recipe.

Homemade granola bars


Applesauce– 1/2 cup

Graham cracker- limit 1-2

Teddy Grahams– one serving size

The important thing to realize is that you want to eat whatever it is that you are making your substitute foods.  You need to make sure that the foods you choose will be ones that you will crave.   There will be an adjustment phase, but I have found this to be so much easier than giving up sweets cold turkey.  I just can’t do that.  

Maybe you are stronger than I am and if that is so, good for you Mama.  If you are not, try a few of these out and see how it goes.  Pick the ones that sound absolutely amazing and go with those first.  If none of these sound appetizing, don’t worry, Pinterest has you covered;)

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