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Healthier Substitutions

Here is my own list of healthier foods to eat in place of the ones we crave. There’s no perfect solution, but there are little tricks and sneaky ways to at least somewhat satisfy our taste buds without completely obliterating our bodies.

Strawberry cheesecake: cottage cheese with strawberry preserves, strawberry-flavored yogurt or Kefir. For an added touch, eat with graham crackers. Or! Graham crackers with strawberry cream cheese. Creative, huh?

Fruit-topped cakes and pies: Fruit granola bars, graham crackers with dried fruit or fruit preserves. If you must, add a dollop of fat-free whipped cream.

Cookies: Whole-wheat bread or crackers topped with peanut butter or fruit preserves, granola bars or protein/energy bars, graham crackers, cereal

Pancakes/waffles: Flavored oatmeal

Coffee drinks: Chai, or other flavored teas

Pizza: (although I think the right pizza can be very healthy) A sandwich – one slice of whole wheat bread, turkey slices, provolone/mozzarella cheese, topped with sliced tomato, green pepper, onion, and oregano, basil, some red pepper, and (fat-free) Italian dressing. Toast or put in the oven at 325 till the bread is crispy, or to your liking.

Chocolate: Dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate

Candy bars: Protein or energy bars

Soda/pop: Fruit juice – but it has to actually be fruit juice, aim for no added sugar!!! Or flavored water

Chips: Whole-wheat snack crackers (like Triscuits or Wheat Thins), rice cakes (there are lots of flavors). Or have tortilla chips and salsa.

Popcorn: White cheddar-flavored rice cakes.

Ice cream: Yogurt, again. Or bananas topped with other fruit, fruit preserves, and fat-free whipped cream – it gives you that banana-split feel.

Chocolate cake: Chocolate milk.


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