Cravings happen even to the healthiest of us. Often, when a craving hits in the afternoon or the evening after dinner, we get the urge to snack. Snacking can be a bad habit to get into because the snacks we choose are often junky, unhealthy, and high in calories, sugar, sodium, or fat. Snacking on these foods can sabotage all of our hard work!
The trick to snacking without piling on the pounds is to find healthy alternatives to the regular snacks you might normally reach for.
Usually, when we get a craving it is for either something sweet (chocolate!), savory and salty (potato chips!), creamy (ice cream!), or crunchy (chips!). Obviously, my examples are foods you shouldn’t eat all the time if you want to be trim and healthy. But that doesn’t mean you have to fight your cravings for the rest of your life. Instead, you just need to substitute with healthier options.
The next time you get a craving for something sweet, why not try:
- fresh, whole fruit
- apple with cinnamon and almond butter or peanut butter
- green smoothies
- green juice
- banana “ice cream” (peel a banana, freeze (or use frozen bananas), blend in a food processor with nuts, berries, cacao powder, and a little non-dairy milk.) - Delicious!
- dates stuffed with almond butter or other nut butter
- organic dark chocolate chips or carob chips with peanut butter
For your savory and salty cravings, try these healthy alternatives:
- pickles and pickled vegetables, such as carrot, daikon, beets, and lotus root
- whole grain crackers or veggies with hummus
- steamed vegetables with coconut aminos
- freshly made salsa or guacamole with baked tortilla chips or Beanfields unsalted tortilla chips
- lightly salted edamame
- Skinny Pop popcorn
Your creamy cravings can be met by eating:
- avocados (add to smoothie for a creamier smoothie)
- rice pudding
- dips and spreads, like hummus or tree nut cheese
- puréed soups
- puddings made with silken tofu, avocado, or mashed banana
- mashed sweet potatoes
Finally, don't cave and reach for the Pringles, when you can eat these crunchy (but still healthy) snacks:
- frozen grapes
- rice cakes
- light popcorn or plain popcorn (use coconut oil to pop in a covered pan) or try Skinny Pop popcorn
- carrots (particularly the sweet, organic baby carrots)
- celery and nut butter
- raw, unsalted nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts
- sweet potato (or other veggies like zucchini, beet, etc) chips
Don’t fight your cravings. Instead, listen to what your body wants specifically and choose the healthier option that will be good to your waistline.
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