Urawarrior_Blog / By Bershan Shaw

We all know when it gets cold we love a good hot chocolate, a snickers bar, a chocolate chip cookie or brownies and we also know it puts pounds on your body. The more and more we snack and munch on our guilty pleasures the more and more we gain the weight but we really don’t have too. The key to not gaining weight is you must have control. It is mind over matter. Yes its cold outside and yes you want something good, sweet and yummy to eat while you’re bundled up in your bedroom but in order to keep the pounds off you must try different options. You don’t have to go for the snacks that have so many calories and taste good that are packed with sugar and calories. Instead go for yummy snacks that are tasty that have less calories, which are good for you. Here are four choices that you can substitute instead of eating sugary snacks.

1. If you are in the bed wrapped up under a blanket. Try some rice cakes with agave, honey and banana. Its tasty and it will help you fill those sweet cravings. The banana will fill you up and it will melt in your mouth. All for more than half the calories of your brownie.

2. Try a good old-fashioned Almond butter and Jelly sandwich. Instead of using peanut butter, which is packed with calories try almond butter instead and get a low calorie jelly with some multi-bread. You will have a treat like you did when you were a kid. If you want to top it off drink some Almond milk, coconut milk or rice milk.

3. What about caramelized apples for something sweet and yummy. All you need is the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and fat free butter. Now go easy on the butter and brown sugar. Toss them in the pan for a couple of minutes until they are brown and Voila. You have a nice treat. You can enjoy them with your coffee or cup of tea whatever floats your boat.

4. If you are feeling hungry and you want to grab a piece of cake wait and make a smoothie. A smoothie is less calories and more nutritious. All you need is bananas, ice, berries, honey, protein powder and vanilla flavoring, cinnamon or whatever you want to top it up with and blend it all together and you have something that can hold you over.