What you put into your body on a daily basis is obviously important for your results and overall health - this isn’t a breaking news moment to any of us. A nutritious diet full of veggies, fruit, nuts, lean meat, fish, whole grains (or whatever combination of those that works for you) helps you feel and look your best, but occasional indulgences are super important as well!
Constant deprivation and restriction so easily can lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, but balance is tough to achieve. Today, I wanted to share a few healthy swaps for when you’re craving comfort foods but also wanted to remind you that sometimes nothing is a suitable substitute for what you really want. These are my favorite substitutes to help keep me on track nutritionally, with not a cauliflower mash in sight.
Now and then, though, remember that it’s important to just eat the damn mac and cheese and not feel guilty about it!
When I’m craving fat and salt…I make coconut with Tajin, lime and salt (above)
This is an Activation snack that I often have at home. Grab a young coconut and use the “jelly” or go to Whole Foods and purchase the cut coconut. Sprinkle wth Tajin, salt and lime. It’s one of my favorite things and always hits the spot.
When I’m craving Ben & Jerry’s… I make Nice Cream
Blend 1 frozen ripe peeled sliced banana with 2-3 tablespoons cashew or almond milk and eat immediately for “soft serve” consistency or freeze for an extra hour for firmer texture.
Make it fancy with mint extract, chai spice, cocoa powder, etc. The possibilities are endless and delicious.
When I’m craving Pringles… I make zucchini chips
Slice 4 cups zucchini on mandolin and toss with salt, pepper, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of olive oil. Arrange on dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 135 degrees for about 6 hours.
A dehydrator might sound extra, but you can find them on Amazon for about $40 and pretty much every fruit and veg makes a delicious snack (think mango, apple, banana, and sun-dried tomatoes).
When I’m craving Donut Holes… I make energy balls
Add 1 cup pitted medjool dates, 3 tablespoons nut butter, 1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate, 1 tablespoon chia seeds, and 2/3 cup rolled oats to a food processor (you may have to pulse the dates first) until combined. Roll into 1 inch balls and place in freezer for 10 minutes to set.
These honestly could be tastier than a donut… maybe.
Do you have any healthy swaps or quick recipes to satisfy cravings? I’m always on the hunt for new ideas! And with all of this being said about healthier alternatives, now and then it’s important to indulge and have the real deal comfort food too. It’s all about finding a happy medium and a sustainable well-rounded approach to eating healthfully.