3 Healthy Answers to Your Favourite Cravings

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You know those people who managed to eliminate sweets and unhealthy snacks from their daily diets? While most allow themselves to indulge a bit now and then, the majority of the sugarless people even claim that they don’t really miss their regular treats too much.

 

It’s taking healthy living to a whole other level; when we manage to get used to not snacking every evening, it ends up being something we don’t really miss in any way – kind of like television.

 

Here is a handful of your favourite unhealthy treats, happily replaced with healthy and nutritious food – that you’ll certainly miss when you run out of.

 

#1 Regular Fries: Sweet potato fries

 

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Let’s start with the most popular and trusted substitute to those salty snacks to help you shake that weight if that’s what you’re after. Slice off a portion from your sweet potato so that you have a flat side to make it steady as you cut. Continue to slice off long chunks that you can make a bit thinner when everything is ready – it’s up to you how thick you’d like them.

 

On a baking sheet, sprinkle a bit of salt, pepper and paprika and a minimal amount of olive oil. If you add too much oil when baking them, you’ll just end up with soggy chips, and you’ll start dreaming about those crunchy, oil-fried potatoes from your local fast food chain. Forget about the temptation; your oven can make them just as crunchy.

 

Bake them in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes on about 200 degrees. It’s a good idea to let them rest a for a few minutes when they’re done so that they’re easier to remove and serve them with a meal or snack as they are.

 

#2 Delivery Pizza: Homemade pizza

 

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Delivery pizza is one of the most cost-effective things for your local takeaway to serve up. It costs almost nothing to make and they can charge more than enough by sending one to your door – bake one yourself, and you’ll break up with the delivery guy for good.

 

Pizza dough is incredibly cheap to make, by the way, and you can add a bit of whole wheat to make it healthier.

 

Top it with your very own tomato sauce, eggplant, mushroom, spinach, and every other veggie that comes to mind. Treat yourself to a sprinkle of parmesan and other cheese to make it an actual pizza, and enjoy the mouthwatering aromas in your home.

 

#3 Crisps: Cheese platter

 

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An all-time favourite among dietitians is the assorted cheese platter. It comes in handy when you’re craving something crunchy and salty as you can get a bit of both from the crackers – as well as delicious flavour from the cheese.

 

You want to keep it healthy, though, so consider adding some protein such as canned mussels, a few olives, an apple in bite-sized chunks as well as some grapes, for example.

 

There is so much you can with a platter and it will extinguish your cravings while providing you with a lot of great nutrients. Let them snack sugar and salt all they want; we have our variety platters.

 

When you’re trying to convert to a new and healthier snack, it’s not really the flavour that gets in your way; healthy food is really and truly delicious. You need to make it convenient for yourself and get in the habit of having these by hand when the cravings hit you – otherwise, you’ll just reach for the cookie jar, yet again.

Beth Mahoney

Hi! I'm Beth Mahoney, a beauty and lifestyle blogger from Honiton in Devon.

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