Healthy Food Finds for Specific Cravings

Tell me what you want, what you really, really want. We’ve all been there: You’re trying to read a book, or pet the cat, or clean the kitchen floor. And you can’t stop thinking about”¦fill in the blank.

For some people, it’s a cookie. Some long for potato chips, while others are ready to scream for ice cream or pudding. And here’s the problem with trying to substitute supposedly healthy foods, like carrots and celery, for those cravings: You can end up eating so much that you actually consume more calories than if you had just one serving of the real deal!

Gotta have crunch? Try All-Natural Chia Crisps in Southern Barbecue Flavor from LesserEvil.

With that in mind, here are our tips for the best foods for satisfying different types of cravings.

Sweet and Crunchy

Is your inner Cookie Monster calling to you? Don’t stress. Respond with a tasty but healthy treat that will satisfy the “Me wants cookie” cravings, such as:

Sweet and Creamy

Dreaming of ice cream or pudding? Love that sweet, creamy stuff but some brands contain corn syrup (eek), while others contain so many calories in just half a cup that you can blow your entire dinner’s calories. Instead, go for:

Chocolate

Chocolate deserves its own category because, let’s face it, nothing really substitutes for chocolate! The secret is to choose a high quality brand, such as:

  • We have a new definition of bliss: Vitacost Coconut Super Cacao Bar! It’s good for you, and ohhhh, that  flavor.
  • High in protein and fiber, Kind bars let  you be kind to yourself, especially when they’re made with real chocolate.

Salty and Crunchy

Chips ahoy! Salty, crunchy delicious chips can make you feel mindless as you munch, and munch, and munch and”¦ooops, you did it again! Go for a single portion of truly satisfying, healthy chips:

  • Baked rather than fried chips are always a good choice, and they’re an extra-good choice with Kettle Foods.
  • Want something different to satisfy your  crunch craving? Go for the Garden of Eatin’ organic chips.

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,  Natural Health  magazine,  Shape  magazine,  Success  magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,  Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Healthmagazine,Shapemagazine,Successmagazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Latest posts by Diet Diva (see all)

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply