Healthy Alternatives That Satisfy My Food Cravings

I’m often asked how I “keep my figure” these days. Although there are a few reasons behind my “figure” (I laugh every time I use this word, by the way- because I just don’t think I fit the narrative), I give the most credit to being mindful of what I eat.

I’ll first start off by saying that I’m not a believer of extreme diets (i.e. the juice cleanse, baby food diet, etc). To me, those feel like a “punishment”. And when I feel like I’m being punished- that’s when I’ll have the most resistance.

 In the article “25 Fad Diets That Don’t Work” by Jessica Migala, she states that “95 percent of diets usually fail. Why? Most are unsustainable, leave you starving, and don’t make sense in the real world. So just say no to these diet trends, ’cause they’re getting you nowhere.” 

In a nutshell, doctors say to stay clear of any diet plans, pills and products that promote rapid weight-loss.

They key components of keeping my “figure” are: proportion size, when I eat, and what I eat.

I’ll be doing a series explaining these 3 components in different parts, so today’s blog post is dedicated to what I eat. Specifically, what I replaced.

Even though keeping up my “figure” is a great compliment, I am mindful of what I eat because my health is priority. My family has a history of health problems (due to diet), and because of that, I’ve taken my health a lot more seriously.

“You’re either feeding disease or fighting it.”


What I Replaced

Soda with LaCroix

  • 0 calories
  • 0% fat
  • 0% Sodium
  • 0 sugar

Need I say more? Also, my favorite flavor is tangerine!


White rice with Cauliflower rice


  • Cauliflower rice has 25 calories and 5 grams of carbohydrates per cup (A cup of white rice has about 200 calories & 53 grams of carbs)
  • Good 3 grams of fiber per cup which slows digestion and promotes feelings of fullness 
  • Has powerful antioxidants to boost your immunity and fight diseases
  • Loaded with vitamins C, K, B6, and folate

Potato chips with kale chips


Okay I know you guys are saying, “Kale? Yuck.” And honestly that’s how I feel about kale when it’s not cooked- in anything. Kale in my smoothie, kale in my salad, nada. I hate it when it’s not cooked. But as baked chips?? LIT you guys.

They are SO delicious and addicting- give them a try!

Kale:

  • Each serving of baked kale chips contains just 50 calories (The average potato chips are at 120 calories— mind you, a “serving” of potato chips is equivalent to 18 chips- one whole bag is 24 servings)
  • Kale chips are a low energy density food, meaning that you can eat a lot of them without adding many calories to your diet (Mayo Clinic). (This makes them the perfect weight loss food, as they give you an energy boost without promoting weight gain)
  • One of the best known dietary sources of vitamin K
  • High in vitamin B6vitamin B1, and vitamin B2 
  • Full of beneficial antioxidants

Ice cream with yogurt fruit pops


  • yogurt pops- 86 calories, 14g carbs, 8g sugar
  • ice cream (depending on flavor) has 189- 266 calories, 16g carbs, 14g of sugar in ONE scoop
  • Each bar is layered with fresh fruit, protein, probiotics and under 100 calories!

Get the recipe I use (also where this photo came from) [here]. & you can get the popsicle mold trays I use [here].


Burritos for burrito bowls


(Chipotle ones for reference)

  • burrito: 500 calories, 16g total fat, 40g protein
  • burrito bowl 180 calories, 7g fat, 32g protein

Gotta ditch the tortilla, y’all!


Beef burgers for Boca burgers


  • ground beef burger: 270 calories, 6.7g saturated fat, 26g protein
  • Boca burger: 100 calories, 1g saturated fat, 13g protein

Mind you, these are calories WITHOUT the buns you eat them with!


Also, you’re helping the environment by eating veggie burgers. Peep these statistics:

  • Veggie burger takes 42 gallons of water to make
  • Beef burger takes 621 gallons

Veggie burgers use:

  • 99% less water
  • 93% less land
  • 90% less Green House Gas Emissions
  • 46% less energy to make!

My favorite flavor of Boca Burger is the Spicy Chik’n.


Candy for dried fruit and dark chocolate


Everyone knows how detrimental candy is to your body. If you’re craving sweets- replace them with dried fruits or dark chocolate (at least!).

“Dark chocolate contains compounds with antioxidant properties & may help reduce inflammation in the body. Dark chocolate with 70–85 percent cocoa is a good source of magnesium, zinc, and iron.”

[via Healthline]


Traditional (wheat) pasta for quinoa pasta


“In pasta form, quinoa flour contains more protein than any other flour you’ll find, is rich in iron and magnesium and is gluten-free,” a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Plus, according to research published in the European Journal of Nutrition, quinoa pasta reduces blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels better than other gluten-free pastas.

Tip: Make sure your quinoa pasta is the real deal by reading the back. The list of ingredients should only contain one food: quinoa.”

[via USNews]


 Cereal with oatmeal


“Oatmeal-eaters not only felt fuller longer than their cereal-eating counterparts, but they also had less of a desire to eat after the meal—something researchers chalk up to oatmeal’s high fiber levels.

With less of a desire to eat, oatmeal could very well be a new tool for weight loss.”

[via Prevention]


Vegetable Oil/Butter with Coconut Oil


“Coconut oil is the world’s most “weight loss friendly” fat. It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful effects on metabolism.

Several studies show that just by adding coconut oil to your diet, you can lose fat, especially the “dangerous” fat in the abdominal cavity.”

[via HealthLine]


Table Salt with Himalayan Salt


Pink Himalayan salt is rock salt mined near the Himalayas from an ancient seabed. Like table salt, pink Himalayan salt is mostly made up of sodium chloride, but it also contains small amounts of 84 additional trace elements and minerals.

Himalayan salt has larger crystals and contains less sodium per teaspoon than table salt, and it has a saltier taste, so you will probably need less of it than regular salt. Himalayan salt also doesn’t undergo the heavy processing that most standard table salt endures.”

[via MedicalNewsToday]


Conclusion


That wraps up my list of healthier alternatives! I hope you found these helpful.

If you liked this post, you’d probably like my [10 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill] post!


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