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I love food. As a food lover, I get very specific cravings sometimes. Most of you know that I've complained about getting hangry on a regular basis, and when I have a craving I want to eat delicious food asap. I needed a list of healthy alternatives to cravings that hit more than just once a month. With a healthy lifestyle, I can still eat really good stuff when I want it, and without feeling guilty. My ultimate anti-craving trick is a room-temperature dill pickle after a meal. I don't know why, but I read that pickles can curb cravings in a book once and I think it really works! But if it doesn't work for you, or your pickle jar is empty, here is a quick guide to my favorite naughty food substitutions:
Candy Bar = Lily's Sweets or Choco-Rite bars (available at Walgreens), both sweetened with Stevia
Popcorn = low-fat popcorn following the THM guidelines
Orange Juice = Sobe Life Water Zero in Blood Orange Mango or Bai 5 in Costa Rica Clementine
Chips = Baked Blue Corn Chips from Trader Joe's OR I'll slice a bunch of cucumbers for a satisfying crunch. I know it sounds weird, but one of my favorite snacks is to spread cream cheese on cucumber slices, then dip them in salsa. It's a REALLY good THM “S” snack!
Milkshake = DashingDish.com healthy protein shakes
Fruity Candy = Gummies from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
Cake = Trimtastic Zucchini Cake from the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook
Ice Cream = Briana Thomas' Ice Cream recipes
Sugary Gum = Spry Chewing Gum (sweetened with xylitol)
Starbucks = Low-Carb Frozen Peppermint Mocha
I hope this gives you some ideas for what to eat when you're having a craving but want to stay healthy! Substitutions like this have kept me relatively on track and healthy. If you need more ideas, check out my easy low-carb swaps here.