I’d be crazy if I said I never get cravings. Sometimes it feels good to put mind over matter and say no (especially if you don’t want to undo that great workout), but other times a girl’s gotta treat herself! If you deprive yourself of the foods you want, you’re more likely to go on a binge that could possibly undo an entire week of healthy eating and exercising. If you’re REALLY craving something, have some, just watch the portions.
My weaknesses, like 99.9% of the female population, come in the form of sweet and salty. Sometimes I want a whole pint of ice cream or a bag of potato chips to munch on. If you’re really dying for a massive helping of not-so-great for you foods, try finding a healthy alternative. I’ve found 3 great quick-fix snack foods that allow me to have a jumbo portion without feeling guilty.
1) Arctic Zero Frozen Desserts – Not only is this ice cream lactose friendly (I avoid lactose at all costs), but Arctic Zero comes in a variety of flavors. “So what?!” you say? Well, here’s the kicker, kids. It’s only 150 calories for the entire pint! There’s a brand that understands women! Want it a’la mode? Warm up one of these babies and scoop half your pint on top for a 175 calorie treat!
2) Popcorn – I love popcorn, but those mini “personal” sized bags are a joke. I want a big ol’ never ending bowl so I can snack past the previews. Popcorn itself isn’t so bad – it’s all the oil and butter that load on the calories. In fact, popcorn is a pretty good source of fiber, and new research shows it may also be a good source of antioxidants. Read about it here. Anyway, spray a pan or a popcorn maker with 0 calorie cooking spray instead of oil or butter. Toss in 3 tablespoons of popcorn, cover the pan with a lid, and in just a few minutes you’ll have 5 cups of scrumptious! Sprinkle on some salt (not too much) and you’ve got a 120 calorie snack. If you have more calories to spare, I say double it for an extra large, satisfying helping!
3) Kale – What? Veggies aren’t a satisfying snack! Think again, young grasshopper. Grab some kale leaves, tear them up, sprinkle on a dash of salt and garlic powder, and toss them in the oven at 375 degrees. In 10 minutes you’ll have the healthiest “potato” chip you’ll ever eat. The leaves come out crispy and crunchy just like those amazing kettle cooked chips I can’t get enough of. The best part? One cup is only about 35 calories! Kale: Superfood by day, potato chip substitute by night!.
Whoever said snacking between meals led to weight gain obviously didn’t know how to do it right! What are your favorite guilt free snacks?