Sugar cravings. We’ve all had ’em! Maybe you had a long morning of meetings, ate a quick lunch, and at 2 pm, you find yourself hankering for any bit of sweetness you can get your hands on. Or you rushed to work, grabbed a coffee and a pastry to go, and feel hungry an hour later. To prevent these scenarios, it’s best to eat balanced meals with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, as often as you can. But what about when that’s not possible? Or when you are eating balanced meals, but still crave something sweet? Maybe it’s your time of the month, you’re pushing a deadline at work, or you just want a treat.
Instead of denying yourself and overly restricting your food choices (doing so will only make you want that cookie even more), consider reaching for a sweet option that also gives you some nutrients, like these Maple Roasted Almonds!
After all, the key to achieving a balanced diet is to learn the basis of healthy eating, and to practice those principles in a way that includes your favorite foods and treats in moderation. This will look different for everyone, and of course, there are many people who benefit from limiting certain foods. But after some practice, you will find your own balance! If you want some guidance and would like to learn more about nutrition, I’d love to work with you.
Be prepared for the next time your sweet tooth hits with a stash of these Maple Roasted Almonds. Sure, they still have added sugar in the form of maple syrup, but they’re also filled with healthy fats, protein, fiber, magnesium, and calcium. Because of that healthy fat, protein, and fiber, a small handful of these will satisfy your cravings and keep you full until your next meal.
To avoid eating too many, make a big batch and fill small containers with 1 oz portions (~23 almonds). Grab one on your way to work, and keep it in your desk for later.
Maple Roasted Almonds
A sweet snack option that's vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Sea salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, mix almonds with maple syrup until coated. Transfer to baking dish. Make sure almonds are not overlapping. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
Bake for ~15 minutes. Let cool before eating.
Nutrition Facts per 1 oz (~23 almonds, ~1/4 cup) serving: 233 kcal, 18 g fat, 14 g carb (4 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 8 g protein
*nutrition facts are always estimated via meal planning software
PRO TIP: After you make these, store them in the fridge. They will get crunchier that way!