There are food that are just impossible to avoid no matter how hard you try. The good news are that you can enjoy your favorite eats on a weekly cheat meal regime, but what to do if you’re absolutely craving something right now to the point you really don’t mind gaining a pound over it? The horror! Why don’t you try noshing on some healthier alternatives instead and keep the guilt (and the extra weight) off bay?
Jennifer Aniston and other health-conscious celebrities love to munch on kale chips instead of the trans-fat and salt-laden potato chips. You can even make you own at home! Dry kale leaves lightly sprinkled with salt and cooking spray in your oven and have an instant snack when you’re craving for something crispy.
You can also nosh on plain and unsalted popcorn if you’re looking for something crunchy. Avoid going overboard with this option as it still is carbs, after all.
Dark chocolate is the antioxidant-rich alternative to this sweet treat. Some brands make this with way less sugar than the milk chocolate varieties. We reccommend getting the ones with mint or chili for added gastronomic excitement.
If your craving some hot chocolate you can enjoy one using unsweetened cocoa powder and not too much sigar.
Greek yogurt topped with fruits of your choice (preferably the low GI ones) is your healthier option as this type of yogurt has low sugar content compared to the usual flavored ones sold on supermarket shelves.
Another idea is to pop bananas in the freezer and eat it like a lolly. Blend them in a food processor first and add a bit of yogurt or unsweetened cocoa powder for flavor.
Instead of the white pasta common on supermarket shelves, go for whole grain pasta to boost your fiber intake and keep you from having too much carbs. You can also make spaghetti noodles out of squash or zucchini by shredding or scraping the vegetable so it comes out long and stringy. You can also cook with shirataki noodles, which are made from a type of yam.
White potato has a high glycemic index and a lot of starch, which makes it an undesirable food option if you want to lose weight. But there’s a way around your potato craving that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals while still enjoying the taste (or something similar to) of the much loved potato. You can use cauliflower as a side dish to your meals instead of white potato. You just steam a whole head or a couple of florets until it’s soft and combine it with half a cup of milk and about 2 tablespoons of soft butter. Mash this mixture up until it takes on that familiar texture. You can add a bit of pepper and rock salt for flavor.
For beverages, instead of soda, squeeze some lemon or lime into chilled soda water for a low sugar carbonated drink that won’t break your fitness plan. You can also add sliced strawberries or apples if you’re looking for a different fruity flavor.