Changing your diet is the cornerstone of any health improvement program you might have decided on, as the quality of the food that you eat is literally the only thing except genetics that can influence your predisposition towards a myriad of health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and so on. Especially nowadays, when processed, sugar-packed foods are all around us and more available than ever is it important to realize how essential eating healthily really is. It might sound cliché, but having three healthy, balanced meals per day is the one thing that will make all the difference, trust me on that.  It will make you happier when you step on a scale too!

My transition from a horribly unhealthy diet to a healthy one lasted for years, for one particular reason – I simply love the taste of food. I love eating, in fact I love eating even when I consciously know that I’m going to be sick – but I keep eating anyway because it just tastes so good.

I especially had a thing for sweets, so when I dumped junk food and sugary treats among other things, this was one of the hardest things I’d ever have to do. No meal felt complete without dessert which I always used to have, from when I was a little girl, so I either had to give up this kind of pleasure entirely, or I could improvise and start thinking of how to make snacks that are tasty and actually healthy.
Of course, I decided on the latter, and today I want to share some of the recipes that helped me quit sweets for good, while letting me keep having dessert every time.

Oatmeal Cookies

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of sour milk
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups of oats
  • 1 cup of walnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour

The thing I always liked about cookies is not only the way they taste, but also their characteristic texture. This recipe offers a low-sugar, healthier variant of chocolate chip cookies so you don’t have to feel the guilt with every bite you take.

To start off, simply take a large bowl and add the eggs, beating them until they’re well mixed. Then stir in basically everything except the oats and stir until the mixture is nice and creamy. Once that’s all done, it’s time to add the oats as well and pour out the mix in spoonfuls on a prepped baking sheet. Put it in the oven until the cookies are golden brown (12 to 15 minutes), and you’re done!

Juicy Fruit Dip

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package of cream cheese

The best way to substitute sugar is to eat more fruit, period. However, it takes a while after you quit sugar to realize that fruit itself is actually very sweet, so until that moment you can cheat a bit by making this really easy, delicious fruit dip to add some flavor to the fruit itself.

Simply take all the ingredients above, combine them in a medium-sized bowl and stir them up real nice. Then just leave the dip in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours and you’re good to go.


Cinnamon Chips with Fruit Salsa

The ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples (sliced and peeled)
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 8 ounces of raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 2 peeled kiwis
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of fruit preserves
  • 10 flour tortillas

This one might be a bit more challenging, but I promise you that it’s worth it as it’s simply delicious. Take a large bowl and thoroughly blend the kiwi, the raspberries, the apples, strawberries, brown sugar and the fruit preserves. Once they’re properly mixed, let them cool in the fridge for about 25 minutes. Voila, the fruit salsa is done, and now’s probably a good time to turn your oven on and preheat it to around 350 degrees F.

Take the flour tortillas and cover one side of each with some butter cooking spray. Cut all the tortillas into small wedges in order to make chips out of them, and put the wedges on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the wedges, re-spray them and put the sheet in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Once it’s done, give it 10 minutes for the chips to cool down, after which you can apply the fruit salsa. You’re done, congratulations!


Monica Nichols is one of the most promising writers at, and apart from writing her main passion in life is designing clothes. In her free time, she likes listening to jazz and spending time with her boyfriend in their hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.