Switching to a healthier lifestyle can be an exciting new way to develop a more effective journey, but for junk food enthusiasts, it might be hard to let go of some of those cravings. Sweet and salty cravings are normal for anyone that has a sweet tooth or even PMS. Substituting your favorite comfort food can easily keep you on track and focused on your weight goals.
Here are a few alternative choices to satisfy your food craving:
- Potato Chips
A 1oz serving of Kettle-cooked chips contains about 150 calories and 9 grams of fat. That is only 15 chips per serving so it is very easy to overeat while lounging on your sofa
Alternative: 1oz serving of popcorn kernels will create about 3 cups of popcorn, which equals 110 calories, 1.3 grams of fat, and 4 grams of fiber.
- French Fries
One (2.5 oz) order of fast fries contains about 230 calories and 11 grams of fat per serving. Switching to an non-fried but fulfilling snack can help you through your weight management process.
Alternative: Multigrain flatbread with plain hummus only has 25 calories per tablespoon
Delicious ramen contains a very high amount of 350 to 400 calories and 14 grams of fat. The soup also contains MSG, a flavor enhancer that causes nerve damage.
Alternative: Miso Soup with Buckwheat noodles is perfect for your soup and noodle craving and it only contains about the broth only contains 43 calories. (Buckwheat noodles have 113 calories)
- Candy Bars
A Snickers candy bar has about 280 calories and 14 grams of fat. To satisfy your chocolate sweet tooth try something dark chocolate covered and will leave you feeling full.
Alternative: Coming in many flavors, protein bars help[ satisfy you and can even be used as a meal replacement.
- Ice Cream
This sugary and sweet cold cream is almost everyone’s guilty pleasure. A half of cup of ice cream has 270 calories and 18 grams of fat. Try eating a sweet snack with less cream and sugar
Alternative: Cinnamon apples are great and healthier substitute for your “after dinner” treat. Simply sprinkle apple wedges with cinnamon and sugar and microwave for 10 minutes.