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Healthy alternatives to cravings (that work for THM!)

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I've needed this - a list of healthy alternatives to common cravings that work for Trim Healthy Mama!

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

Cookies (I'll be honest, I want cookies a lot) = Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie or Mrs. Criddle's Cowboy Cookies

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

Brownies = Double Espresso Brownies from AllDayIDreamAboutFood

Cake = Trimtastic Zucchini Cake from the new Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Ice Cream = Briana Thomas' Ice Cream recipes

Soda = Zevia or one of these other THM-approved drinks

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

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4 Comments

  1. Hi Jen! I think your website has some good material! I wish you didn’t label foods as “naughty.” In this society, we are so quick to label anything, including food as good, or bad. Can’t food just be food? Unless someone has a food allergy, or a medical reason why it is harmful to consume, foods that may not offer nutritional value are okay in moderation. Once again, some great content, but your word choice could be tweaked to appeal to more audiences.

  2. Do you have another substitute for the big blue chips? Trader Joe’s in Colorado Springs does not carry them anymore

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