Hello Everyone, My name is Andrew Blakey and I’m the Owner of Your Future Fitness, a company in Toronto Ontario, that provides at home personal training as well as fitness consulting to those looking to improve their health and fitness! Thanks for taking the time to read my ongoing blog series, if you have any feedback please send it our way so we can provide better info for topics you’re interested in! Without any further ado, here are some popular cravings and what you can do to prevent yourself from caving in!

When it comes to weight loss, and eating healthy, nothing can ruin your fitness goals quicker then giving into a nasty craving for mcdonalds, a chocolate bar, or even just a small bag of chips. I’m not saying that you need to avoid these foods entirely, but it’s important to know when to allow yourself the treat, and when to say no.

Here are 3 common food cravings, and healthy alternatives that will allow you to satisfy your craving, without ruining the progress made by your previous healthy choices!

1. A bag of chips:

As we know, there’s nothing better than biting down on a nice crunchy, salty treat. It’s satisfying and is enjoyable with something such as a movie or while studying. What if there was a way to get a similar crunchy salty treat without consuming the 500-700 calories that go along with it?

KALE CHIPS are a healthy alternative that are both nutritious and delicious, and the best part about it? You can make them in under 10 to 15 minutes!

Here’s how:

KALE CHIPS INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wash and dry kale (remember the leaves shrink a bit due to water loss so however much you decide to use, it will likely be a smaller yield)

  2. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with oil and a small amount of salt/seasoning

  3. Place in oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges begin to brown/crisp.

Enjoy your chips with your movie or studying!

2. Chocolate Bar

It’s hard to pretend that the craving for a chocolate bar can be replicated. Chocolate is something that is one of a kind and in doing so we’re not going to recommend you switch it to try and replace the taste with something that will inevitably leave you disappointed. That’s why we’re going to recommend that you simply switch which type of chocolate you are eating in order to make it just a tad bit healthier for you.

Normal chocolate has loads of added sugar and fat in order to better the taste, however by switching to a dark chocolate you can often get rid of some of this added sugar and fat thereby reducing the negative health impact it may cause. Dark chocolate also contains substances that are known to reduce inflammation in the body and promote other positive health benefits. When looking for dark chocolate, try and buy one that is over 70% cocoa.

3. Ice cream

Ice cream is a food that few can resist (especially when it happens to be your favourite kind). However, this cold, sugary treat can be substituted for another sweet cold treat in the form of frozen bananas.

Frozen bananas can be blended in a blender or food processor to make a cold treat with an almost exact mouthfeel as its milky, sugary counterpart – ice cream. I know this sounds weird – but trust me, you’ll thank me later! This treat greatly reduces the amount of calories, added sugar, and fat you would normally consume in a rich milk based ice cream.

If you found this article helpful, let us know and we can come out with more articles about healthy food alternatives and how to make them!

Thanks for taking the time to read this weeks article!

Written by Andrew Blakey | Owner of Your Future Fitness