Feeling deprived and continuously putting more and more foods on the “do not eat” list can be super depressing. We often ask ourselves, why can’t we just eat what we want without feeling guilty?
Well, your problems are solved! Here is my version of “Eat This, Not That”,
which outlines some foods I have substituted with alternatives that can satisfy those cravings without feeling that guilt!
A Childhood Fave…
A delicious staple in my pantry – this product is basically peanuts compressed to remove 85% of the fat and made into powder form. I put it in my oatmeal and cereal and for just under 50 calories per 2 TBSP, I can spread it guilt-free on some gluten-free crackers by simply mixing some with some almond milk, and it is good to go!
If you look at the ingredients of the most popular peanut butter brands, you will see many of them with added sugar, hydrogenated vegetable oils, salt, and other unhealthy additives. Remember to check the nutrition labels and try to stick to all natural organic ones if you have to buy PB!
Craving Something Salty?
- Homemade Sweet Potato Fries
Not only do I like cutting out slices of sweet potatoes and roasting them in the oven to make them crispy, I do it to pumpkin, taro, and kale. Sprinkle a bit of pink Himalayan salt, add a bit of olive oil, mix and put it in the oven for about 30 min (depending on the vegetable) and you will get your chip fix in no time!
Potatoes are considered High GI foods and simple carbs, which can spike your insulin levels and wreak havoc to your body. Forget the McD’s and invest in a small toaster oven – you won’t regret it!
Craving Something Sweet?
PB2 also satisfies my sweet desires but I find that cacao powder really helps with my chocolate cravings. Mix some 100% cacao into some almond milk, add a few drops of stevia, put 1-2 tbsp of chia seeds and let it gelatinize. It’s quick, easy, keep you full, and tastes just like chocolate putting! You won’t need to open another Kit Kat bar again!
First Ingredient on the nutrition label: Sugar. Need I say more?
Not only does it give you protein, but fish is full of Omega 3 fats which helps to lower blood pressure, improve your skin and joints, aids in healthy brain functions, and rich in Vitamin B and D. Just remember to stick with lower mercury fish like Salmon, Sardines, Scallops, and Trout and avoid the endangered high mercury species like Sea Bass and Tuna. Oh, and if your budget allows, Wild > Farmed for sure!
Eggs contain numerous vitamins: A, B, potassium, and also folic acid vital for the health of your nerves and brain. Plus, you can have them boiled, scrambled, steamed, omelette-d haha - it is such a versatile food!
Higher in saturated fat and have shown links to increasing cancer risk because of the compounds called heterocyclic amines found in red meat. Although it does provide some nutrients such as Vitamin B, which is difficult to get from other sources, I would limit eating red meat to once a week. Try choosing grass-fed meats and trim off the excess fat when consuming!
If you are like me and you enjoy rice and pasta, then try the Miracle product line. Zero net carbs, zero calories, and gluten free! It is made from natural dietary fiber called glucomannan and it tastes just as great as regular pasta/rice!
- Processed White Rice/Pasta
Similar to white bread and processed junk foods, rice and pasta are considered to be high GI and can spike up your insulin levels as well. That sleepy feeling you get after a big bowl of pasta or rice is because your sugar level went from being very high and then crashing as high GI foods is terrible at keeping your glucose levels stable.
Hope you found these alternatives to help you the same way it did for me!
I’d love to hear how you guys have made changes to your diet to satisfy those common cravings! And if you want some advice on other foods to substitute with, feel free to email me!
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