Satisfy Your Cravings…the Healthy Way

by • March 10, 2014 • 4 Comments

So you want to get healthier, lose a few extra pounds, maybe even tone up, or pack on some muscle — but you can’t seem to cut out all of those food temptations that sabotage your efforts. junk food

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 CravingTry this Instead
SpriteLemon flavored seltzer water + a few squirts of lime juice
SpriteLime flavored seltzer water + a few squirts of lemon juice
Orange SodaOrange flavored seltzer water + a few drops of fresh squeezed orange
Ginger AlePlain or Vanilla flavored seltzer water + a few drops of ginger extract
Chips/CrackersCheck out our recipe for yummy kale chips!
Chips/CrackersTry lightly salted veggie chips. Experiment with different spices for different flavored chips
Chips/CrackersAir-popped popcorn - Light, fiber-full, low calorie, and satisfying
Chips/CrackersCarrot sticks - Sometimes its not the flavor of the chips, but the mere craving for “crunchy-ness” that needs satisfying
French FriesTry Brown & Coconut’s Spicy Turnip Fries
PizzaTry Brown & Coconuts Healthy Kale Pizza recipe
ChocolateQuality organic dark chocolate instead of over-processed candy bars
CandyPop some raisins in the freezer for an hour (or more) for a completely natural chewy candy with a skittle or starburst-like consistency
CandyAir-popped popcorn drizzled with 1-2 tbsp of honey. Try adding a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
Ice creamBlend 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.
PuddingPlain yogurt or yogurt alternative (add nuts, seeds, raisins, or fruit for added texture)
Cake/CupcakesYogurt parfait with toasted oats or granola..add fruit as well
PancakesTry our healthier gluten-FREE version!
Oatmeal CookiesMix Oatmeal with honey and raisins.
Chocolate Chip CookiesMix oatmeal with honey and dark chocolate chips or a yogurt parfait with dark chocolate chips

So, tell me..what is your biggest craving??

~ Letisha

4 Responses to Satisfy Your Cravings…the Healthy Way

  1. Sherkens O says:

    Great article. Cravings are the worst but i think the first part is when you are already in public

  2. Sue says:

    I have a hankering for a moist brownie like cake with a fudge like frosting or filling. Of course it should be made from the finest chocolate, and not too sweet. Next would be a carrott cake. My husband prefers strawberry short cake. How’s that for a craving?

  3. Jenna says:

    Kale pizza!!

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