Giving up chocolate? 5 things to eat instead and combat the craving

The British Heart Foundation is encouraging people to give up chocolate for March. Here’s what to eat instead if you’re struggling.

You’ve heard of Stoptober and Dry January but now the British Heart Foundation is encouraging you to Dechox in March by giving up chocolate for the month.

Aside for raising money for a great cause, it’s a good way to reduce your sugar intake for a month.

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Chocoholics may find themselves struggling to banish the craving so we found out from Geeta Sidhu-Robb, nutritionist and CEO of healthy eating solutions company Nosh Detox, what to eat instead.

1. Banana ice cream


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Banana ice cream is the perfect alternative dessert. Simply peel and slice a bunch of bananas before placing them into the freezer for two hours.

Then just add the chopped bananas to a food processor and pulse until creamy.

This dessert tastes sweet, smooth and indulgent without any added sugar and it’s dairy free.

Add vanilla essence drops to change the flavour.

2. Cinnamon toast


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Take a slice of wholemeal toast with butter and add a sprinkling of sugar before coating with as much cinnamon as you want.

Cinnamon is loaded with strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, so this simple cinnamon toast recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel good from the inside out.

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3. Dates

Dates make the perfect healthy snack as not only are they one of the sweetest fruits around, they have been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease and promote digestive and respiratory health.

Replace the stone with a dollop of peanut butter for the ultimate balanced yet indulgent snack.

4. Peanut butter

Swap chocolate spreads like Nutella for healthier alternatives, such as almond, cashew or peanut butter.

These spreads will provide you with a filling sweet treat and the crunch you’ll be missing from chocolate bars.

Consume as part of a healthy diet to reduce your risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

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5. Frozen grapes


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Frozen grapes are the perfect snack food, the coldness and sweetness work perfectly together to hit the spot.

Just pop a tray of grapes in the freezer for 4-5 hours to enjoy.

Grapes are packed with calcium and vitamin C, and at only 110 calories per cup they make the perfect slimline snack.

Go for red grapes for the ultimate healthy boost, as they contain resveratrol, an antioxidant linked to preventing heart disease.

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