Have a sweet tooth but don’t want to succumb to that candy bar, red velvet cake or medium bowl of double stuffed x-treme cookies and cream slow churned ice cream ( it was a rough week – don’t judge us :) ) ? Here are our top fruits and veggies that are sure satisfy those sugar cravings.

 

 

Cooked Vegetables

Whether eaten raw or cooked – these veggies always do the trick AND they’re good for you!

  • Beets : Peel the beets, pour a dabble of evoo or vinegar on it and voila! A tasty sweet snack filled with potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene, beta-cyanine and folic acid. You can also try this tasty snack as a raw dish.
  • Carrots :  With its anti-aging, vitamin A and beta-carotene benefits this snack is great cooked or raw,  by its self or with your favorite dip
  • Rutabagas : A cross between a cabbage and a turnip, this veggie is high in essential vitamins  minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. This can be eaten raw as well but the flavor won’t be as sweet as when it’s cooked.
  •  Sweet corn:  Filled with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. A midsize ear also offers a helpful 3-gram dose of dietary fiber*
  • Butternut Squash:  Rich in potassium , vitamin B6, carotenoids ( nutrients that help against heart disease), this plentiful veggie is delicious all year around
  • Sweet Potato: Loaded with vitamins A , vitamin E, fiber and manganese. Sprinkle a touch of cinnamon  on these before a quick bake and you may not want to eat anything else!

 

Fruits 

We loooove a fruit fix, here are some of our sweetest favorites and the benefits:

  • Apricots : High in vitamin A and carotenes
  • Pineapple: With generous amounts of Vitamin B6, thiamin, copper, manganese, and dietary fiber, this is a yummy favorite for us here at BuddingVeg.com!
  • Figs:   High in potassium and contain good levels of B-complex group of vitamins ( niacin, pyridoxine, folates, and pantothenic acid) 
  •  Papaya: A great detoxifier and has anti-cancerous and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Coconut: Super nutritious and rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. The water, milk and oil derived from coconut are a staple in many alternative sweetening recipes and hair/skin regimens

 

* as per eatingwell.com

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