Here is my own list of healthier foods to eat in place
of the ones we crave. There’s no perfect solution, but there are little
tricks and sneaky ways to at least somewhat satisfy our taste buds without
completely obliterating our bodies.
Strawberry cheesecake: cottage cheese with strawberry preserves,
strawberry-flavored yogurt or Kefir. For an added touch, eat with graham
crackers. Or! Graham crackers with strawberry cream cheese. Creative, huh?
Fruit-topped cakes and pies: Fruit granola bars, graham crackers with
dried fruit or fruit preserves. If you must, add a dollop of fat-free
Cookies: Whole-wheat bread or crackers topped with peanut butter or
fruit preserves, granola bars or protein/energy bars, graham crackers,
Pancakes/waffles: Flavored oatmeal
Coffee drinks: Chai, or other flavored teas
(although I think the right pizza can be very healthy) A sandwich – one
slice of whole wheat bread, turkey slices, provolone/mozzarella cheese,
topped with sliced tomato, green pepper, onion, and oregano, basil, some red
pepper, and (fat-free) Italian dressing. Toast or put in the oven at 325º
till the bread is crispy, or to your liking.
Chocolate: Dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate
Candy bars: Protein or energy bars
Soda/pop: Fruit juice – but it has to actually be fruit juice, aim for
no added sugar!!! Or flavored water
Whole-wheat snack crackers (like Triscuits or Wheat Thins), rice cakes
(there are lots of flavors). Or have tortilla chips and salsa.
Popcorn: White cheddar-flavored rice cakes.
cream: Yogurt, again. Or bananas topped with other fruit, fruit
preserves, and fat-free whipped cream – it gives you that banana-split feel.
Chocolate cake: Chocolate milk.