If you are attempting to eat healthier on a regular basis, cravings are something you are going to be dealing with from time to time. Whether you tend to crave sweet, salty, or savory foods, they occur, and it can be hard to turn down your favorite choices. But, if you want to see optimal health, you must. Fortunately, if you have a game plan in place where you consume smarter alternatives, these cravings do not have to get you down.
Let’s go over a few of the more reasonable food swap choices…
1. Sweet: Fruit. If your sweet tooth is calling your name, there is no better choice than to go for fresh fruit. Fruit will provide a small amount of natural fruit sugar, but with that, you will also take in a healthy dose of dietary fiber, which will be sure to help combat any blood sugar spike.
Fruit is also loaded with antioxidants, so an excellent choice as far as improving your overall health is concerned as well.
2. Savory: Peanut Butter On Ezekiel Bread. You can kill three cravings in one with this option: savory, sweet, and salty. Peanut butter offers a great mix of tastes, which is why so many people love it as much as they do.
One tablespoon of peanut butter smeared over a toasted slice of Ezekiel bread is not a bad snack if you plan to be a bit more active in the hours to come. It is a good source of dietary fiber and will also provide you with protein and healthy fats.
3. Creamy: Greek Yogurt. If creamy is what you crave, ice cream may be top of your list. But, the sugar and fat found in ice cream make it far less than desirable. Instead, try Greek yogurt. This light snack will provide you with more protein and fewer carbs, not to mention it can be virtually fat-free.
Add a few fresh berries for flavor, and you are set.
4. Salty: Cottage Cheese With Pistachios. Finally, if a salty taste is what you are yearning for, consider a small bowl of cottage cheese topped with a few pistachios. Cottage cheese with pistachios is a great pre-bed snack as it contains a slower digesting source of protein and the pistachios will give a dose of healthy fats.
Both do have a salty taste to them but do be aware cottage cheese contains salt itself. Therefore you will want to modify your food choices during the day to ensure your salt intake stays under control.
Do not let cravings get you down any longer. Use these healthy food swaps, and you can eat right without feeling deprived.