15:57 04 February 2010
While many of us are feeling guilty for having already ditched our New Years resolution to eat healthier to lose a few pounds and keep them off this winter promising ourselves it's OK because we'll give up chocolate for Lent it doesn't mean we cannot indulge in something sweet and tasty without being kinder to our bodies.
We all crave a little sweetness in our diet now and again and fruit is an excellent way of getting part of your five a day while satisfying our sugary cravings.
Many of us may be suffering from the winter blues at the moment as we tried of the early dark nights and cold days, and the thought of depriving our sweet tooth desires is no way to boost our happiness levels.
But for those of us with a nagging yearning, going cold turkey does not have to be an option, as its possible to balance our taste for sweetness without having to compromise on our healthy lifestyle.
The beautiful country of South Africa has some fantastic fruits available this winter, including plums, peaches, nectarines and grapes, to keep you warm, full and healthy.
So for those looking to satisfy your hunger pangs, fruit can provide a natural alternative to sugar, while satisfying sweet cravings and without being too high in calories.
Here to help with several great recipe ideas is author, chef and presenter of Channel 4's 'Cook Yourself Thin' Sophie Michell.
From delicious roasted brown sugar plums to chargrilled nectarines, there are a variety of sweet fruit recipes that can provide that sugar fix the healthy way.
Watch this guide for great recipes and try them for yourself:
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