Cravings Busters

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Dried figs wrapped in prosciutto
Dried fruit is often not the best choice since it is quite calorie-dense and can easily be overeaten, but if you're craving something SWEET and CHEWY such as gummy candy, this is a real food substitute that will provide some vitamins, minerals, and fiber along with the sugar you're consuming.
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50m
Toasted seaweed might sound like an odd substitute for chips, but it honestly does the trick for me in terms of satisfying a SALTY, CRUNCHY craving! Sea vegetables are rich in minerals including iodine, which some of us lack, especially if we use sea salt rather than iodized salt. Nutrition, Health, Healthy Recipes, Herbs, How To Dry Basil, Roasted Seaweed Snack, Seaweed, Healthy
Trader Joe's Roasted Seaweed Snack
Toasted seaweed might sound like an odd substitute for chips, but it honestly does the trick for me in terms of satisfying a SALTY, CRUNCHY craving! Sea vegetables are rich in minerals including iodine, which some of us lack, especially if we use sea salt rather than iodized salt.
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Are Potatoes Healthy? It Depends
These chili spiced pita chips just might be the perfect solution if you are craving SALTY, CRUNCHY, SPICY chips like Doritos!
If you're a fan of fish, anchovies on whole grain crackers is a great way to tame a SALT craving. In addition to heart-healthy fats, these little fish are packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K. Caesar Salad, Vitamins, Dieta, Cravings, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin K, Riboflavin
Ready for anchovies to move into the mainstream?
If you're a fan of fish, anchovies on whole grain crackers is a great way to tame a SALT craving. In addition to heart-healthy fats, these little fish are packed with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin K.
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Real food ranch dressing recipe (Dairy-free, sugar-free)
Ranch dip is an awesome thing... but store-bought dips and dressings are often loaded with icky ingredients. Try this dip with bell pepper slices to satisfy a craving for SWEET or CREAMY foods.
cucumber tomato balsamic salad on a white plate with fork and knife
Cucumber-Tomato Salad
Balsamic vinegar has a savory taste and strong flavor that often helps me satisfy a SALT craving. Try a simple salad of cucumbers and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic. For even more salty satisfaction, crumble some feta on top.
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15m
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Rosemary Chipotle Roasted Nuts Recipe - RecipeChart.com
Nuts can be a great, healthy solution for a CRUNCHY or SALTY craving, but beware of store-bought nut mixes. They are often extremely high in salt and keep you munching one handful after another until the whole bag is gone. If you make them at home, you can control the amount of seasonings.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Shallots, and Garlic
Call me crazy... but when roasted Brussels sprouts first come out of the oven, the brown and crispy outer layer can really satisfy a craving for SALTY, CRUNCHY chips for me!! In addition to the texture, the outer layer has usually also ended up with more of the olive oil, salt and pepper used as seasoning. So, have your "chips" when the sprouts are fresh out of the oven... then eat the inner part later on as your veggies!
cooked sweet potato wedges on a baking sheet
The BEST Sweet Potato Fries Recipe! | Gimme Some Oven
If you're craving French fries, make oven roasted sweet potato fries at home instead. This way you can control the oil content. The secret to a crispy fry is opening the oven door several times during the baking process.
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1h 15m
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Easy Baked Peaches with Honey & Cinnamon
Craving peach pie or peach cobbler? Drizzle peaches with cinnamon and a bit of honey instead, and bake! The heat of the oven caramelizes the natural sugars in the fruit... it's amaaaaazing!
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20m
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Craving something CREAMY? Try this pumpkin pie substitute... minus the crust, and plus some ricotta for added protein!
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Stuffed Apples in the Oven - Foxes Love Lemons
Craving apple pie? Try these spiced baked apples with nuts, and you might not even miss the crust!
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Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Craving bar snacks like chicken wings or jalapeno poppers? Try these buffalo cauliflower bites. They don't taste quite the same but they do replicate the flavor pretty well!
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30m
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Broiled Grapefruit
If you're craving a warm dessert, baked fruit is a pretty awesome substitute. Sprinkle a bit of raw sugar on grapefruit and then broil it for an almost (almost) creme brulee-esque experience.
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10m
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Healthified Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of mushroom soup is a staple of so many recipes... but it bears little resemblance to real, actual mushrooms. This homemade version is made from yes, mushrooms, and is free of the sodium and preservatives in the canned version.
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Healthified Fettuccine Alfredo
Craving a plate of creamy fettucine alfredo? No problem! Try this recipe that keeps the flavor but ditches some of the fat and ups the nutrient content with whole wheat pasta and other substitutions.
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Fix-Friendly Cocoa Peanut Butter Pudding
Craving chocolate and peanut butter? No problem! Try this pudding recipe with banana for natural sweetness and avocado to make it rich and creamy with heart-healthy fats!
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Paleo Tortilla Chips
If you looooooove chips and salsa, then go ahead and have some!! As long as you can limit yourself to a reasonable portion... which I know is an issue for some people (including me). Due to the salt tortilla chips carry and the impact of corn on blood sugar, they can be really difficult to stop eating. If you have issues with corn as well, try these paleo tortilla chips made with almond flour.
cottage cheese and fruit breakfast with raspberries in a blue bowl on a table
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I know some people hate cottage cheese with a passion... and I didn't used to like it either, but I have really come to appreciate its satisfying CREAMY texture that is unusual for such a protein-packed snack. I especially like it with fresh berries as pictured here.
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nolita-style avocado toast
To deal with a CREAMY craving, try avocado toast and get some heart-healthy monounsaturated fats in the process!
yogurt with strawberries and carrots in a glass bowl on a table
Why You Don't Need to Eliminate Snacks to Lose Weight — and 11 Ideas to Try
Flavored yogurt is usually loaded with sugar. If you use fresh fruit, you can capture the natural sweetness without needing to add sugar (they aren't using the ripest and sweetest, best-quality fruit when making the fruit mix-ins for packaged yogurt). Make your own flavored yogurt by stirring in some fruit puree to satisfy a CREAMY craving for a dessert like tiramisu or even just one of those flavored yogurt packs.
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Frozen Grapes - Simple Comfort Food
It might surprise you how satisfying frozen grapes are if you're craving a popsicle or other frozen sweet treat. Freezing them gives them a chewier texture that will also lead you to eat them more slowly than if you were eating them at room temperature.
chocolate covered donuts with sprinkles and toppings on wooden skewers
Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas and Win at Playdates
Another healthier alternative to a candy bar or popsicle is a frozen banana dipped in chocolate. Sweet and satisfying.
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Coconut Oil Chocolate: The Ultimate Metabolism-Boosting Snack - Butter Believer
If you're craving chocolate, you could do a lot worse than this... especially if you are able to limit yourself to a small portion. Instead of a Snickers or a Twix, use fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients that have health benefits, as in this recipe.
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Fruit salad with watermelon balls and mint
If you're craving a popsicle, chilled fruit can provide almost the same taste and sensations without any of the artificial colors and flavors (and plus some vitamins and fiber)! Watermelon, mango, and papaya are juice sweet ideas to try in the summer.
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Healthy Snack Alternates for Every Craving Type
If you're craving ice cream, there are many machines that can help you make a creamy frozen treat out of 100% real fruit! The one I have is called Yonanas and you can get it at Target or on Amazon.
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For a more complex craving like pizza, figure out a way to incorporate some of the same ingredients and flavors without the less healthy components (in this case, pizza crust or pasta). This version with spaghetti squash uses homemade turkey meatballs (no bread crumbs necessary, just meat, egg, and spices)! The homemade sauce has tomatoes and carrots, as well as garlic, onion, oregano, cinnamon, and Harissa (and S+P of course). Baked in the oven with feta on top and served over roasted squash!
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Dill pickles are another great way to crush a SALTY craving, since due to their tart flavor, it's hard for most people to overeat them.
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Fig and Olive Tapenade
If you're craving SALTY and CRUNCHY at the same time, try olive tapenade with whole wheat pita chips.
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61 Breakfast Toast Ideas That Go Beyond Jam and Avocado
Satisfy a craving for SALTY foods with some mixed olives. You'll get some heart-healthy fats, and they are so salty and fatty that it's actually hard to eat more than a few of them.