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This week, as promised, we're going to talk about eating "sweets".  Most of us have cravings toward this downfall.  I know I do.  How do you "feed the need" without adding to the scale?

Personally,  I try and eat healthy as much as possible, so when I can't fill my need for a chocolate chip mocha oatmeal cookie or that brownie looks and smells just too darn good to resist-I let myself have one.  No, not one of those monster-sized chunks you find at a bakery or sweets emporium-but a 1-2 inch sized one.  I make all the goodies my family consumes, but there are easy ways to satisfy sweet cravings.

Here are some that are worth a try:  100 packs of some of the more popular cookies done in what looks to be cracker style.  Snack bags of sweet rice cakes.  Have a regular size rice cake, but choose the chocolate or caramel varieties.  Have a nice big glass of any crystal lite flavor.  

At this moment as I'm writing this column-I'm taking my time with a 100 calorie bag of kettle corn.  Heck, I'm getting that great salty-sweet thing going on and I'm getting not only a great deal of satisfaction from this treat, but a nice dose of whole grain and fiber to boot.  

If you are like me and love to bake you can certainly use some famous dieting suggestions to cut down on fat and calories.  I don't like to use mixes, but these are some that I will use when I hit a sale in the market on brownie mixes!  Mix a box with a can of diet coke (I sometimes will use strawberry or orange flavor!) and add a teaspoon of almond extract and bake as the package says too.  Use a 14 oz can of pureed pumpkin instead of the eggs and fat.  Just don't over bake them and they will "fill" the need.

Other great sweet choices-I'm allergic, but hey, yogurt is coming in some very decadent choices these days and this gives you a great calcium shot as well.  Same goes for a mug of sugar-free hot chocolate.  My son and his girlfriend are proud lifetime members of Weight Watchers-they lost weight and still had a non-fat frozen yogurt from Golden Spoon at least a couple of times during the week.  They swear it got them through the "hungry" times.

So when you want a cookie-have a cookie.  Or a brownie, a frozen yogurt or some other fun thing.  After all, woman simply does not live by fruits and veggies alone.

On Wednesday-some recipes for some great sweet treats.


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