Satisfy Your Cravings…the Healthy Way
In many cases, what I find works best is not focusing on what we CAN’T have, but what we CAN have. It’s not about depriving ourselves, but about finding healthy alternatives. We all have weaknesses, but instead of giving into those weaknesses and feeling guilty about them later, find a healthier substitution that will leave you feeling better and your body healthier.
Think about it, most of the time we are not craving something solely for the taste, it’s more than that — it’s the sugar-fix associated with that food, or the texture or the crunch. Sometimes it’s the salty taste, or the cold feeling of that food in our mouths.
Below, I’ve highlighted some common cravings and healthy alternatives that I believe are fairly comparable for those cravings.
|Your Craving||Try this Instead|
|Sprite||Lemon flavored seltzer water + a few squirts of lime juice|
|Sprite||Lime flavored seltzer water + a few squirts of lemon juice|
|Orange Soda||Orange flavored seltzer water + a few drops of fresh squeezed orange|
|Ginger Ale||Plain or Vanilla flavored seltzer water + a few drops of ginger extract|
|Chips/Crackers||Check out our recipe for yummy kale chips!|
|Chips/Crackers||Try lightly salted veggie chips. Experiment with different spices for different flavored chips|
|Chips/Crackers||Air-popped popcorn - Light, fiber-full, low calorie, and satisfying|
|Chips/Crackers||Carrot sticks - Sometimes its not the flavor of the chips, but the mere craving for “crunchy-ness” that needs satisfying|
|French Fries||Try Brown & Coconut’s Spicy Turnip Fries|
|Pizza||Try Brown & Coconuts Healthy Kale Pizza recipe|
|Chocolate||Quality organic dark chocolate instead of over-processed candy bars|
|Candy||Pop some raisins in the freezer for an hour (or more) for a completely natural chewy candy with a skittle or starburst-like consistency|
|Candy||Air-popped popcorn drizzled with 1-2 tbsp of honey. Try adding a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg|
|Ice cream||Blend a frozen banana with: frozen fruit (for fruit sorbet), milk and vanilla extract (for vanilla ice cream), or chocolate milk (for chocolate ice cream). Also try adding a scoop of your favorite protein powder for added flavor and protein.|
|Pudding||Plain yogurt or yogurt alternative (add nuts, seeds, raisins, or fruit for added texture)|
|Cake/Cupcakes||Yogurt parfait with toasted oats or granola..add fruit as well|
|Pancakes||Try our healthier gluten-FREE version!|
|Oatmeal Cookies||Mix Oatmeal with honey and raisins.|
|Chocolate Chip Cookies||Mix oatmeal with honey and dark chocolate chips or a yogurt parfait with dark chocolate chips|
So, tell me..what is your biggest craving??