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Healthy Eating Tip: Find Healthier Alternatives

Even if you're trying to lose a few pounds or stick to your health kick, I don't recommend ever giving up the foods you love. Moderation works for me (most of the time), but when I can't hold myself back from devouring more than just a few tasty bites, I try to make or find healthier alternatives. Here are some of my favorites. If you have healthy alternatives to the foods you crave, please share them in the comment section below.

Craving This? Try this Instead
Ice cream Frozen yogurt, soy ice cream, or chocolate sorbet
Candy bar (Snickers, Kit Kat) A piece of dark chocolate with a handful of almonds
Pizza Choose ones made with thin crust (for less carbs) or make your own using lowfat cheese and grilled veggies. Or try a pizza salad.
Chewy candy (skittles, sour patch kids) Dried Fruit or trail mix
Peanut butter cookie Peanut butter on a whole grain cracker, topped with a drizzle of honey
Chocolate mousse or fudge Make your own chocolate pudding with nonfat milk
Apple pie Baked apple
Banana cream pie Halve a banana lengthwise and top with 1 tbsp chocolate chips
French Fries with ketchup Bake or grill regular or sweet potatoes instead, and flavor with fresh rosemary

Do you have a healthy alternative you rely on when craving something crazy? Share it in the comments section below.


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Sarah10563 Sarah10563 8 years
when my sweet tooth kicks in at night I make a 100 cal pack of kettle corn and sprinkle cinnamon all over it. Its like a hundred little warm cookies, plus cinnamon and popcorn are known to have that filling factor so my craving and hunger are satisfied!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Swedeybebe: Use olive oil instead of Pam. In general, don't use Pam (or any cooking sprays) ever...
pinkytoes pinkytoes 8 years
*good tip for pizza: trader joe's sells whole wheat pizza dough. its super easy to make - just flatten the dough out and put on your toppings. then just stick it all in the oven! it's great because the whole wheat dough is def healthier AND you'll definitely save cal points by picking your own toppings (ie. using less cheese). Some restaurants also are starting to make wheat or honey wheat pizza like California Pizza Kitchen.
DreaAST DreaAST 8 years
good tips. thanks!
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 8 years
wouldn't eating thin crust pizza mean you eat a higher proportion of cheese? As a person with heart disease in my family I'll stick with the carb laden regular crust and eat it less often, with a salad etc. oven baked potato wedges are really good.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
When I crave chips and salsa, I cut jicama into sticks and put them in a bowl with some carrot sticks. Then I sprinkle them with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt and dip them in salsa. It's really good and the crunch is very satisfying. When I'm craving something super decadent, I get a small spoonful of all natural peanut butter and sprinkle it with a handful of dark chocolate chips. MMMMMM!!!!
joannabanana88 joannabanana88 8 years
I kinda go crazy over pizza.. and I think that the best way to fill a craving is to make a little mini one of your own. Use some wheat bread with a little bit of marinara sauce and a healthy cheese. Microwave it on LOW power for about a minute. (High power will make the bread fall apart). Think about all the grease you just eliminated!
Tutta Tutta 8 years
I sub turkey for most things with red meat. I just can't get my boyfriend to eat turkey burgers though. One of my favs is a good ol' fashioned PB&J but now I take a Wasa cracker and spread a little PB&J on it. It's just as filling and less carbs/calories than two pieces of bread! Now if I could just find a sub for the pizza I love so much! I can't do the veggie pizzas :P
rpenner rpenner 8 years
great suggestions - can't wait to try the peanut butter one!
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 8 years
My ultimate craving is for a burger and fries. Instead of beef, I use extra lean ground turkey. I don't use a bun, i just pile the toppings on (lettuce, tomato, pickles & mustard) and eat it with a fork and knife. For the fries, I cut up a russet potato length-wise and spray Pam on top. Then, I sprinkle just a little bit of Lawry's season salt, you don't need a lot for good flavor. In the oven it goes for a good bake. Sometimes I use sweet potatoes, but it just isn't the same :) . Plus, I figure if I skip the hamburger bun, I figure I've got a little lee-way for the russets!
splayer splayer 8 years
great suggestions. thanks!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
Hm i'll try the butternut squash thing people have been talking about.
ad2121 ad2121 8 years
For french fries- baked chunks of butternut squash... yum...
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
lilxmissxmolly - smart balance isn't vegan. It has whey in it. Earth balance is vegan.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
even better than chocolate chips is to cut up your own pieces of semi-sweet baking chocolate squares!
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Instead of ice cream, I go with frozen bananas or Cool Whip... yum!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great suggestions... :)
LaFemmeFatal LaFemmeFatal 8 years
Butternut squash cut into fry-like shapes is also a killer sub for french fries and ketchup.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 8 years
even though ive been exercising forever, i've recently become a health food nut and i love it! some things i love to eat are: instead of a cake (particularly strawberry short cake): take a piece of whole grain toast, lightly butter it (i use smartbalance because its vegan), then warm up some frozen strawberries and put them on top. (i've also found that using fresh fruit, like bananas or strawberries, instead of jelly is still sweet but w/o all the extra sugar) the other thing i've been doing thats delicious is freezing banana halves covered with yogurt. also, weight watchers has a type of yogurt called "white chocolate cheesecake" thats only 70 calories and is great with cucumbers.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Also-- trail mix is highly caloric, as is dried fruit.If it were me I would choose fresh fruit over those and you will still get the sweetness.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I agree with the whole eat at home thing. You can make delicious pizza at home even wihtout using lowfat low taste cheese. Use regular cheese and just less of it :)
millarci millarci 8 years
Good suggestions, FitSugar! :)
ovenmitt ovenmitt 8 years
i find myself in the kitchen more now than ever. staying away from restaurant options allows me to cook the food i want to and choose the ingredients that go in it. i can make the chocolate chip cookies i crave, but taper and substitute for things like butter and sugar. not only am i able to monitor my caloric intake better, i also have control over what i am putting into my body.
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