The post-Christmas (the whole month of December HA!) sugar cravings struggle is SO real. Personally, I think it is important to enjoy the meals and sweet treats that come along with the holidays but it is easy to over-indulge and before you know it, your pants are a little snug. Sugar is addicting. Once you have one, you want another, and the whole vicious cycle continues. A trick that I have found to help with these annoying cravings is warm lemon water; sweetened with stevia and half of a lemon. Not only does this hydrate you but it also helps those late night sugar cravings. Before you reach for a midnight snack, make some warm lemon water and snuggle up by the fire.
Sayonara Sweet Tooth Brew:
– Microwavable coffee mug
– 1 Package Stevia
– Optional: 1 Tablespoon honey
Fill the mug up with water and place in the microwave. Microwave for 2 minutes (be careful!! Hot water & Hot mug). Add lemon, stevia and honey (optional). Sip and say sayonara to Mr. Cookie because you found a wonderful new brew. 😉
Another trick that I swear by is protein pancakes. They are an amazing way to satisfy your sweet tooth without loading up on carbohydrates. I started my protein pancake journey by using the recipe found in the Tone It Up Nutrition plan and overtime made a few changes that I find absolutely satisfying. There are so many modifications that can be made to make them even more delicious, but I have posted the basic recipe I typically use. If you would like to get creative check out Pinterest or even check into Tone It Up’s nutrition plan! The beauty behind these wonderful creations is that you can eat these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or make a bunch and store in the fridge for a quick afternoon snack. I promise that these wonderful baby cakes will keep you from reaching into the candy jar!! 😉
– 1/2 banana
– 1 egg white
-1 tablespoon almond milk
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon (add to your desire.. I like a lot)
– Optional: 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-Optional: 1/4 cup fruit (I love adding blueberries.. YUM)
Mash banana and add other ingredients, mix well. Heat up small skillet, grease pan with olive or coconut oil. Pour 2-3 inches of batter for each baby-cake (get it? baby pancakes? HA). On low heat, cook like a regular pancake. Top with 100% maple syrup or agave nectar, add some fresh fruit, and enjoy!
Let me know how you like them! Xo Alee