5 Simple Swaps to Conquer Food Cravings

5 Simple Swaps to Conquer Food Cravings

Got food cravings but  you resolved to eat healthier this New Year? Don’t let food cravings get in the way. Food texture often plays a big role in cravings, such as wanting something creamy or crunchy. Here are easy swaps that will still satisfy that craving but help you stick to your resolutions.

5 Simple Swaps to Conquer Food Cravings

Creamy. While ice cream might come to mind, lots of food share the creamy texture of ice cream. Try berries in no sugar-added yogurt or freeze bananas to puree into “nice cream”. Add peanut butter or fruit.

Crunchy. Craving pretzels and chips? Try crunchy nuts or crispbread instead. Plain popcorn is also a great whole grain choice that will add fiber to your diet. No sugar added whole grain cereal will also give you crunch- and fiber!

Liquid. Trying to replace soda and sugary coffee drinks with healthier options? Try no-sugar added seltzer for a flavor boost or add lemon and lime slices to plain water. Sprinkle cinnamon in coffee for a sweet but sugar free flavor boost.

Squishy. Jelly candies or kids fruit snacks might be fun, but other options pack in nutrition. Try frozen grapes for the same fun texture appeal. Cherry tomatoes and string cheese also offer the same springy-type texture, with more beneficial nutrients.

Crispy. Does mushy fruit interfere with your best healthy eating plans? Look for crisp apple varieties like Honey Crisp, Fiji and Gala. Choose red or white potatoes and do not overcook. Try roasting vegetables to give them great flavor and crisp texture, instead of steaming.

At KareBoost Health, we believe everyone can find a healthy lifestyle that is accessible, combats food cravings and is enjoyable. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health