delicious healthy pancakes, it's time for some more delicious, healthy snacks to keep your cravings at bay.
Of course, avoiding temptation is easier said than done, but luckily we're here to help. If you're craving chocolate, cake, crisps and cocktails, try these delicious healthy alternative recipes and enjoy a little guilt-free indulgence!
As you well know, sweets are bad for you. They rot your teeth, spike your blood sugar and expand your waistline, so eating less of them is a great idea.
Of course, that doesn't mean you can't satisfy your sweet tooth. Just try these delicious ginger, pecan and almond treats instead.
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Conclusive research has shown that cinnamon has insulin-reducing properties, so it helps to regulate your blood sugar and boost energy levels.
Ginger is also known for its anti-diabetic properties. You can see how these treats are already looking healthier than a bag of sugary sweets!
Dates are rich in magnesium, a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. They're also high in fibre, which helps the digestive process, and Vitamin B6, which is an important nutrient for a healthy brain.
The pecans and almonds in these treats are a good source of protein, which as you probably know, is important for building and repairing muscles.
If you regularly feel sore after a workout or run, ginger will help prevent exercise-induced muscle pain.
Nuts are high in fat-soluble vitamins. These are essential nutrients that don't occur naturally in the body, meaning we have to get them from food sources. They perform many useful functions, such as improving your immune system, helping with muscle and bone reproduction and encouraging healthy skin.
If you're one of those people who can't open a box of chocolates without scoffing the whole lot, this is the recipe for you. These bite-sized beauties provide all the texture and sweetness of chocolate without the sugar and saturated fat.
There are four tempting flavours to choose from, so all that's left is for you to pick your favourite!
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Fibre is important for a healthy gut and dates are one of the best sources you can find. They contain soluble fibre, which in addition to helping with digestion, can also lower cholesterol.
Government health guidelines suggest we should be eating 30g of fibre a day, so this is a good place to start. If you want to pack even more into this recipe, the matcha flavoured bites are your best option.
Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that's associated with lowering our risk of a range of illnesses, including heart disease and arthritis. It also helps keep your hair shiny and your skin smooth.
Normally associated with fish, it's also found in walnuts. If you're not a fan of fish but you're quite keen on looking and feeling healthy, getting more walnuts into your diet is a good idea.
Looking for a something to graze on while you watch the match, or settle in for a TV boxset marathon? Leave the crisps in the cupboard and try these quick and easy coconut cashews instead.
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Cashews are a very nutritious nut and are very welcome in any reduced-calorie diet. A 2015 study suggested that enjoying two servings of cashews per week meant people less likely to gain weight than those who didn't.
You might not think it to look at them, but coconuts are packed full of nutrients that will do you the power of good. They contain (deep breath) vitamin C, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and the B vitamin inositol, which is often used as a mood booster.
These vitamins and minerals combine to perform a variety of important functions, from improving your immune system to building strong bones and teeth.
Come on now, there's no way to can make cake healthy, surely? Well, we've given it our best shot here with these delicious low-sugar pumpkin brownies. You'll get the same gooey, indulgent texture of a brownie, without the calories.
Best of all, you'll fill your kitchen with the delicious smell of home-baking. Don't surprised if the rest of the family turn up wanting a piece of the action!
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After trying all these treats, you'll probably need something to wash it down. However, if you've banned yourself from the bar, an alcoholic beverage is out of the question. What to do?
Well, these two tempting alcohol-free cocktails are easy to make and absolutely delicious. They're perfect for parties, or even if you just fancy treating yourself!
A mainstay of any cocktail menu, the mojito is a true classic. But what if we told you you could enjoy all the flavours of a mojito without the alcohol? Well now you can, with this quick and easy fresh fruit and mint smoothie.
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Pineapples contain a unique chemical compound called bromelain, which has a number of health benefits including reducing the risk of cancer, improving gut health and facilitating wound healing.
They also provide anthocyanins, which are a powerful antioxidant and reduce your risk of heart disease.
Both spinach and mint are rich in iron, which is important for red blood cell production. Red blood cells are important as they help your blood carry oxygen around your body.
The flavonoids in citrus fruits may help ward off neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, which result from the breakdown of cells in the nervous system.
This vibrant, colourful smoothie packs in bags of flavour and nutrition, while the addition of yoghurt gives it an indulgent, creamy texture.
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Berries contain antioxidants, which help keep free radicals under control. They're also a great source of antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid and resveratrol. In addition to protecting your cells, these plant compounds may reduce the risk of disease.
It might leave a stain if you spill it on your shirt, but it's a small price to pay when you consider what beetroot can do. It's full of nitrates, which create nitric oxide. This is important for removing free radicals from the blood and lowering your blood pressure, while it also makes you less susceptible to fatigue.
Yoghurt contains natural probiotics, which are important for gastrointestinal health. They're also thought to encourage weight loss.
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