My 5 Favorite Guilt-Free, Low-Calorie Treats11:49:00 PM
People think I'm a "healthy eater." The truth is that I just don't buy treats very often because I know I would eat them all! I love treats. Chocolate is my weakness. Like mother, like daughter. Here are 5 of my favorite guilt-free, low-calorie treats for those days when you really need that little something but you don't want to blow all of your hard work.
1. Air-popped popcorn with white cheddar seasoning. This stuff is amazing! 3 cups of air-popped popcorn is only 93 calories and a 5 calorie sprinkle of the seasoning brings it up to under 100 calories. You can get a huge, filling bowl of this for 100-300 calories! Plus, there are a few other low-cal seasonings to choose from. Target sells most of these flavors in the popcorn section. This is almost 2x as healthy as buying the pre-flavored microwave popcorn packs.
3. Gilly's Sugar Free Gelatin Cups. These things were a staple for my diet when I lived in Las Vegas. They were the perfect, cool treat on a hot day.... a great alternative to ice cream. You get 24 cups in a pack so they work out to be half as expensive as Jello branded sugar free jello cups, not to mention half the calories at only 5 calories a cup. Yes, 5 measly calories! And in my opinion they taste way better. You get lime, orange, strawberry, and black cherry in the package. Strawberry is the best. You can get them at your local Walmart or Winco.
4. DIY Caramel Frappucino Lights. I'm a Starbucks caramel frappucino light addict. This is my favorite summer drink, hands down. And a venti only has 190 calories! These are $5 per drink and that can add up so I've found a great recipe to make your own for only 150 calories! It's super easy. In your blender (I use a Vitamix), blend together 2 cups of ice, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup chilled coffee, 2 tbsp of sugar free caramel syrup, 4 packets of splenda, and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Top with a drizzle of sugar free caramel syrup. Boom, there ya go! It's probably less than $1 per drink, too.
5. Fresh strawberries. These are so good, so filling, and so low calorie! One 16 oz carton is only 150 calories. You can usually find them on sale for 2 cartons for $5. Not bad. These really satisfy my sweet tooth. My favorite way to prepare them: cut off the stems, rinse them off, let them soak in luke-warm water for 2 minutes (this makes them super juicy and not too cold for sensitive teeth), then strain the water, sprinkle with a packet of splenda, and there you go!