This doesn’t have to be a white knuckling game of willpower though. Here are some satisfying alternatives that won’t compromise your commitment to a balanced lifestyle.
Whether it’s a sweet tooth calling or a hankering for something savory, these healthy swaps will help you kick any craving to the curb.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
- Apple Pie Craving: Baked Apples
- Healthy Swap: Dice an apple, sprinkle it with cinnamon, and sauté it in a nonstick pan until soft. The warm, spiced apples provide the same comforting flavors as apple pie without the added sugars and unhealthy fats.
- Cookie Craving: Make your Own
- Healthy Swap: Create guilt-free cookies by mashing together 1/2 cup rolled oats, one overripe banana, and a dash of cinnamon. Scoop the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18 minutes. These naturally sweet treats offer a delightful crunch without the processed sugars found in traditional cookies.
- OR if you are too lazy to bake try Catalina Crunch Cookies
- Cheesecake Craving: Greek Yogurt and Cheesecake Pudding mix
- Healthy Swap: Whip up a Greek yogurt cheesecake using sugar-free Jello pudding mix. The creamy texture and rich flavor will satisfy your cheesecake cravings without the excess calories and sugars.
- Chocolate Pudding Craving: Chocolate protein powder
- Healthy Swap: Mix your choice of milk (dairy or plant-based), cocoa powder, protein powder, and high-protein nut butter for a nutritious chocolate pudding alternative.
Satisfy Your Savory Cravings
- Chips and Dip Craving: Veggies and dip
- Healthy Swap: Slice up crunchy vegetables and pair them with a Greek yogurt-based dip with herbs, offering a nutritious alternative to traditional high-calorie chips and dip.
- Pasta Craving: Pasta alternatives
- Pizza Craving: Cauliflower crust pizza
- Healthy Swap: Make a cauliflower crust pizza with your favorite veggies and lean protein. This gluten-free alternative is lower in carbs and calories compared to traditional pizza crusts.
- Or buy a frozen one from Caulipower
- French Fries Craving: Sweet potato fries
- Healthy Swap: Bake sweet potato fries with a dash of olive oil and your favorite herbs for a nutrient-rich alternative to traditional deep-fried potatoes.
- BEWARE of ordering the restaurant version, they usually deep fry them in the same oil so you might as well get the real ones:)
- Crunchy Cravings – Nuts and Seeds
- Healthy Swap: Snack on a mix of nuts, seeds, and toasted chickpeas for a satisfying and crunchy alternative.
- Salty Food Craving – Pickles
- Healthy Swap: Munch on pickles for a low-calorie, crunchy, and salty snack.
- Nachos Craving – Whole Grain Corn Chips with Salsa
- Healthy Swap: Enjoy whole grain corn chips with salsa for a flavorful and lighter alternative to traditional nachos.
- Movie Theater Popcorn Craving: Air popped popcorn
- Healthy Swap: Air-pop popcorn and sprinkle it with your favorite seasonings for a guilt-free movie night snack.
- Gummy Candy Craving: Berries
- Healthy Swap: Opt for fresh berries to satisfy your sweet tooth without the added sugars.
- Soda Craving: Flavored sparkling water
- Healthy Swap: Choose flavored sparkling water for a refreshing alternative to sugary sodas.
- Chocolate Craving: Fresh fruit with dark chocolate
- Healthy Swap: Dip fresh fruit in dark chocolate for a decadent yet nutritious treat.
- Brookside is not a bad alternative choice
- Candy Bar Craving: Dates
- Healthy Swap: Indulge in dates drizzled with honey for a sweet and satisfying alternative to candy bars.
- Wings Craving: Cauliflower bites and buffalo sauce
- Healthy Swap: Enjoy cauliflower bites with buffalo sauce for a flavorful and vegetarian alternative to traditional wings.
- Burger Craving: Animal Style (like In-n-Out
- Healthy Swap: Opt for a turkey or game burger (like bison) with low-fat cheese and skip the bun for a leaner version of a classic.
- Subway or Hoagie Craving: Turkey “tacos”
- Healthy Swap: Wrap spinach and cheese in lean deli meat like turkey for a lighter and lower-carb alternative.
With these delicious and nutritious swaps, you can conquer any craving while staying on the path to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Embrace these choices, and watch as your cravings transform into tasty, guilt-free pleasures. Remember, a healthy diet is all about making mindful choices without sacrificing the joy of eating.