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Beat Your Sugar Cravings!

8 Healthier Alternatives

Sugar cravings can take over as soon as they hit, it is important to be prepared so therefore you have healthier alternatives to eat instead. If you plan ahead then you will not be tempted to grab the first chocolate bar you see.

If you were to grab a 53 gram Mars Bar it contains 244 calories. To burn all of those calories, you’d have to walk for almost two hours to use up all of the chocolate fuel! By eating naturally sweet food, not only will you cut down on the processed carbs and sugars,  you’ll also be eating vitamins and minerals which will help your body to function and will not cause a spike in your insulin levels.

Pursuit Fitness Training has put together our top 10 healthy alternatives to avoid eating those empty calories.

 

1. Popcorn

A small bowl of homemade popcorn is perfect for when those sweet and salty cravings hit. Try adding a pinch of salt or a dusting of cinnamon or cocoa powder. Popcorn is low in calories (around 30 kcals per cup) and is also high in fibre.

 

2. Fresh Fruit

Fruit is naturally high in sugar so is perfect to fill those sugar cravings. It is definitely the healthiest choice and you’ll get added nutrients and fibre into your diet too.

 

3. Dark Chocolate

Always opt for 70% or more cacao as it can be a healthy treat in moderation. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and it can help to regulate the stress hormone. By sticking to dark chocolate you’ll be avoiding all the added fat and sugar which is present in milk chocolate.

 

4. Banana Ice Cream

This is the perfect after-dinner treat with only one-ingredient! Simply cut bananas and place them into the freezer. Once frozen, blitz them so they become creamy and voila!

 

5. Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and leave in the fridge until the chocolate hardens. This treat will not leave you uncomfortably full or sluggish and is perfect for those sugar cravings.

 

6. Yogurt Parfait

Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, protein, zinc, potassium, and vitamins B6 & B12. Add a choice of toppings from granola, nuts, and fruit is great for a healthy sweet snack.

 

7. Smoothies

Smoothies are great for filling those cravings, simply blitz fruit and enjoy. They are great for a breakfast alternative, or a snack or dessert. By adding avocados it’s a great way of adding vitamins and nutrients like antioxidants, vitamin B & potassium into your diet. You can also add Chia seeds to thicken the mixture, but they also add a good amount of fibre, healthy fats and protein.

 

8. Trail Mix

This snack is one of our favourites, by eating a mix of nuts like almonds and pistachios which some dried fruit like cranberries or cherries makes a great snack which excellent nutritional value too.

 

By swapping to these healthier alternatives, they’ll soon become a part of your daily routine. Therefore, you will not crave a cheat meal which will help you stay on track with your training and goals. We are always looking for easier behaviours which can easily be implemented to everyone’s lifestyles to ensure everyone can lead a healthy life.

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Happy Healthy Pancake Day!

 Healthy Pancake Recipe

 

Pancake day has arrived! Possibly one of the best days of the year! However, 2 pancakes with butter and syrup contains 520 calories which makes it is not so good for those waistlines! Don’t let Shrove Tuesday derail your nutrition goals for the week. Pursuit Fitness Training is here to guide, support and encourage you to opt for those healthier options, whilst not missing out on all the fun. Try our healthy alternative below.

 

1 Serving contains 283 calories, 13.5 grams of protein, 42.6 grams of carbohydrates and 7.6 grams of fat (before toppings).

 

This recipe is great for the whole family including being a huge hit with the kids!  By opting for healthier toppings you are also avoiding many processed and added sugars in return for boosting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! For extra protein, you can also add chia seeds which will add to the texture or use Whey Protein powder instead. This breakfast favorite works equally well for deserts too.

 

Prep Time: 5 Minutes – Cooking Time: 5 Minutes – Servings: 2 (Small)

Ingredients:

This will make 5 pancakes:

  • 1 Medium Banana,
  • 2 Large Eggs,
  • 75g of Oats,
  • ¼ Tsp of Cinnamon (to taste).

 

Method

  1. Begin by mashing the banana in a bowl with a fork,
  2. Crack two eggs in a separate bowl and whisk,
  3. Add the eggs and oats (blitz in a blender if you’d like a smoother texture), cinnamon and mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Add coconut oil or cooking spray to a pan on a medium heat,
  5. Spoon 4 lots of mixture so that the mix spreads to about 4 inches in diameter,
  6. Cook until lightly golden and flip to cook the other side.
  7. Serve with fresh berries and a small drizzle of honey, maple syrup or greek yogurt for a creamier finish.
  8. And Voila!

 

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