Control Food Cravings: 14 Better-For-You Snacks To Eat Instead Of Chocolate, Cheesecake And More (SLIDESHOW)
Afternoon cravings. Birthday celebrations. A co-worker who loves to bake and share the latest creations. You’re trying to eat healthier, but temptations keep getting in the way.
Chew on this: Instead of letting yourself get de-railed by the high-calorie, low-nutrient choices that always seem to be lying around the house or office, keep better-for-you snack swaps on hand.
We’ve compiled 14 of our favorite snack swaps here, but we want to hear from you, too! What are your go-to foods to help you beat that 3 pm slump? What do you turn to when all you really want is a bar of chocolate? Share your tips, tricks and recipes in the comments!
If You've Never Met A Cookie You Didn't Like
Instead of grabbing the nearest giant office cookie at roughly 300 calories, bake a batch of your own, like these <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified/healthified-fudgy-almond-cookies.aspx?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Healthified Fudgy Almond Cookies</a> for a more reasonable 70 calories per serving.
When You Can't Escape The B-Day Cake
BYO treat, be it a low-cal snack mix, sliced fruits, flavored ice pops or a nonfat frozen yogurt cup. Better yet, volunteer to bring the celebratory dessert for the whole party, and opt to make these easy and festive <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/yogurt-cupcake-bites/e9c62698-055d-43de-bb91-82323bdcac5a?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Yogurt Cupcake Bites</a> topped with strawberries (pictured) for 50 calories per serving.
When You're Screaming For Ice Cream
Save calories and fat by drinking a fruit and yogurt smoothie instead. This <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-tropical-papaya-smoothie/b5f35a15-3fe1-4ef1-bb99-9ea965d14a05?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Healthified Tropical Papaya Smoothie</a> is creamy goodness and contains 0g of fat!
To Stave Off The Dreaded Bread
Instead of the scone with your name on it at the nearest coffee shop, make these DIY <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/blueberry-n-oats-muffins/7b43dbe1-1b4e-40e1-b2aa-e18f5aa31946?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Oatmeal-Blueberry Muffins</a> (pictured). Freeze them and bring one to work each day. You'll save around 200 calories, easily, and reap all the yummy benefits of oatmeal.
If You're Easily Persuaded By Pie
It's okay on occasion, but if you're cutting back, go for the berries instead. Fresh, naked berries with nothing but their own sweet and tart flavor can save you hundreds of calories. Top them with a scoop of light whipped cream, and you've got a sweet, satisfying and guilt-free dessert.
When You Know You Should Put The Squeeze On Cheesecake
This one is tough to fight, but consider this: Eat just a couple bites instead of a whole piece, which can set you back 300 to 500 calories. Or, simply swap in a cup of light cheesecake-flavored yogurt (yes, <a href="http://www.yoplait.com/products/yoplait-light-yogurt" target="_hplink">it exists!</a>).
If You Love To Savor The Crunch
When it comes to chips, it's all about the crunch! Skip the full-fat chips, though, and swap in one or more of these satisfying crunchy snacks: • Pretzel chips (0g fat) • Pistachios (0g fat) • Whole-grain tortilla chips (1.5g fat) • Whole-grain lowfat microwave popcorn (2.5g fat) • Baked whole wheat Pita chips (4g fat)
When You Want A Bagel
Skip stopping at the nearest bagel shop, and try low-calorie bagel thins with a light spread of nut butter, which gives you extra protein to tide you over to the next meal. Or, limit yourself to a mini-bagel.
If You're Taken With Bacon
The latest craze, bacon is in everything from appetizers to pizza to fudge these days. Guess what? Here's one you can have, just in smaller amounts. You'll flip over any of these delicious bacon recipe choices: <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-bacon-and-edamame-wraps/44df939a-0398-4974-bb56-b1f6938b79e7?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Healthified Bacon And Edamame Wraps</a>, <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-grilled-bacon-and-tomato-pizza-wedges/38a3e421-e894-4304-8237-f050322023e9?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Healthified Grilled Bacon And Tomato Pizza Wedges</a> or <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/healthified-cheese-and-bacon-stuffed-mushrooms/b5200c8c-d543-429f-87e2-fe3f6fb4a093?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Healthified Cheese And Bacon-Stuffed Mushrooms</a> (pictured).
When You Start To Think Twice About Juice
One cup of juice can amount to between 100 and 150 calories. However, water with a squirt and a twist of natural orange, lemon or lime juice and zest will save those 100 calories for something else.
If You Need A Defense Against Chocolate
Forget the high-calorie, high-fat candy bar from the nearest machine, (candy bars typically range from 180 calories and 8g fat to 280 calories and 14g fat), and try a chocolate-flavored fiber or cereal bar instead. They're often equally delicious, while keeping your energy up and hunger down.
When You Want To Take The Fry Out Of French Fries
Try oven-frying, or baking at a high temperature with a small amount of oil. For a total of 130 calories and 270 percent daily value of vitamin A, these <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/global-flavors/asian-style-oven-fried-sweet-potatoes.aspx?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Asian-Style Oven-Fried Sweet Potatoes</a> pack great Asian flavor and crunch.
If You're Prone To Say "Yes" To Carrot Cake
Just eat the fresh carrots dipped in fat-free Ranch dressing instead of tossing them into a cake. Think of the calories and fat you'll save, the vitamin A you'll get, not to mention the time spent shopping, shredding, baking, and frosting.
If You're Addicted To Soda And Iced Tea
Kick that 100-140 calorie soda or the iced tea with sugar to the curb, and stir up your own drink, like this <a href="http://www.livebetteramerica.com/recipes/drinks/sparkling-raspberry-tea.aspx?nicam5=PARTNERSHIPS&nichn5=AOL&niseg5=TDCORE_LBA&esrc=16549" target="_hplink">Sparkling Raspberry Tea</a> at 40 calories per serving.