Feeding Your Sweet Tooth

December 27, 2016 – Hi, I’m Mary Donkersloot – Registered Dietitian and member of the ALDI Advisory Council. The ALDI Advisory Council is a team of registered dietitians supporting ALDI in various areas of the nutrition field including family nutrition, sports performance and promoting a positive body image. I’m here to share some tips for satisfying your sweet tooth at night.

A sweet treat at night should not be off limits, especially if you are conscious of keeping sugar out of your diet during the day. The US Dietary Guidelines allow for about 6 teaspoons, or 30 grams, of sugar a day. If you omit sugar during the day, you can afford a ‘lil sugar at night. It’s all about setting moderation. Put your sweet tooth to rest AFTER dinner, and keep healthy eating in check with some sensible, but delicious choices.

Here are Some Ideas

Some nights, I put out a platter of nuts and dried or fresh fruit. I like to keep it simple: dates are great with walnuts, dried apricots can be paired with almonds and orange slices are nice with pistachios. A bowl of cut-up fruit is likely to be eaten down to the last grape or apple slice.

If nothing but chocolate will do, try an ounce or two of a Moser Roth Premium Dark Chocolate Bar, which has less sugar than milk chocolate. When strawberries are in season, try making a simple chocolate sauce for dipping. Place chocolate in a small bowl and add a drop of milk and sweeten with a drop of Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup if needed, then pop it in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds or until it’s melted. Sliced bananas also work well with chocolate sauce. For a more fancy chocolate sauce, try making this puree in a blender:

  • 4 Southern Grove Dates
  • 2 tbsp SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter
  • 2 tbsp Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter or SimplyNature Organic Coconut Oil (both contain saturated fat, but this small amount can fit into a healthy diet)
  • 2 tbps Baker’s Corner Baking Cocoa

Pro Tip: Keeps in fridge for up to a week!

If the mood strikes you to cobble something together, try a nutritious and sweet combination. Although honey or maple syrup are only a wee bit better than plain ol’ table sugar, I tend to prefer them. Here’s one of my favorite “cookie” recipes.

No-Bake Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups Southern Grove Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels
  • 1 ½ cups Millville Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 8 pitted Southern Grove Dates
  • 1/3 cup Baker’s Corner Baking Cocoa
  • 3/4 cup SimplyNature Creamy Almond Butter
  • ¼ cup Countryside Creamery Unsalted Butter or SimplyNature Organic Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup SimplyNature Organic Light Agave Nectar or SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey
  • A dash SimplyNature Organic Ground Cinnamon
  • 1teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Pure Vanilla
  • ½ cup finely chopped Southern Grove Chopped Walnuts

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients, except walnuts, in a food processor and blend until everything is a smooth consistency.
  2. Push the mixture into a pan firmly using the back of a spatula. Top with chopped walnuts, pushing them into the dough.
  3. Place pan in the fridge for at least an hour to firm up. Cut into 32 squares, and store uneaten cookies in the fridge.
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