Eating healthy is no doubt good for you. It helps keep your body functioning strong while aiding in weight loss or in maintaining your weight. However, like many people, you might find it challenging to resist your cravings for comfort food, which are typically high calorie foods. These could be anything from salty snacks to sugary and starchy treats that you love to indulge in when you are stressed, bored, or simply looking for a quick and cheap way to satisfy your hunger pangs late at night or in the middle of the day.
Giving in to your cravings for high calorie foods can easily ruin your progress. But here’s some good news: You can still satisfy your hunger with low-calorie and healthier alternatives. Here are some suggestions:
- Instead of reaching for a bag of crisps, go for an ounce of air-popped popcorn kernels (110 calories, 4 grams of fibre, and 1.3 grams of fat) or snack on nuts and seeds, which are high in good fats and fibre. If you want something more savoury, try briny foods like low-sodium dill pickles, kimchi, sauerkraut, and olives.
- Substitute potato fries or onion rings with a cup of edamame, and sprinkle with sea salt to add a bit of flavour. It should only have about 189 calories and 8 grams of fat, but it comes with 17 grams of protein and 8 grams of fibre. Can’t say no to potato? Then order it baked. It’s 161 calories less than deep-fried fries. You can also substitute multigrain flatbread and hummus for those high calorie foods.
- Before eating sweets or a chocolate bar, consider protein bars that will satisfy your hunger for a longer time. Alternatively, try 70% dark cacao chocolate.
- Choose fig bars instead of cookies. They have fewer calories and will fill you up, too.
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