Food Replacements

Written by Erica Paredes

Craving something sinful? Here are some smart switches!

Even if you have vowed to live a healthy life and eat well for the most part, it is impossible not to get cravings for your favorite sweets or unhealthy snack food. Instead of torturing yourself, indulge a little bit, just to satisfy your craving, and so you don't binge later on. For instance, if you want a bar of Snickers, not just any chocolate, but Snickers in particular, opt for a fun-sized portion instead. By doing this, you will be eating 80 calories instead of 280!

That said, cravings can be kept at bay for the most part by replacing them with similar but healthier alternatives. Here are a few examples:

Craving ice cream? Choose sorbet or ice pops instead. You may be getting the same amount of sugar, but fat and calories from cream will be removed. For an even better alternative, opt to purée your own fresh fruits in a blender and add a little water. Place mixture in popsicle trays and put in the freezer until ready to eat! No sugar added, and each serving is fewer than 100 calories.

Craving potato chips? Choose air-popped popcorn. A 1 cup serving is only 30 calories and it will satisfy your craving for a crunchy snack. If you want some flavor, you can always add fun ones such as curry and cumin for a middle eastern twist, or truffle oil and a drizzle of honey for a sophisticated snack.

Craving fast food fries? Choose a homemade baked potato instead. Hold the butter but add spoonful of your favorite cheese for some flavor and one crumbled piece of bacon. Even with the bacon, which by the way is only about 40 calories per strip, you will have way less to burn than eating a serving of fast food french fries.

Craving a cupcake? If your craving for sweets won't go away, opt for three small squares of your favorite chocolate instead of gorging on a cupcake. Because you're avoiding all that frosting, the difference in calories is in the hundreds.


Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen
is the founder of The Parisian Diet, which is about the pleasure of eating and being able to eat all types of food.

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