New Years Resolutions are here, people. We are seven days in to being healthier, fitter and svelter than we were in 2014. Chocolate may have tempted us in 2013, but not this year. This year, we laugh in the face of brownies, hardly tempted by that chocolaty glaze and those little fudge-packed morsels… We do, right?
Well, I don’t know about you, but I do for a little while. On day seven, sure. But on day fourteen? Day twenty-one? Eventually, if I’m being honest, it’s a matter of time before something sounds good. Something that I really don’t want to eat, but crave a little anyway. And that’s where this post comes in.
For me, one part of sustaining healthy eating for the long term isn’t ignoring cravings — I’ve tried this, and it usually ends a few days later in chocolate-smeared lips and one point for said brownies — but satisfying those cravings in healthy ways. This is my go-to list of nutritious alternatives for those salty, sweet, creamy, chocolaty emergencies. They are healthy, they are delicious, and now they are yours:
Salty, crunchy, crispy… It’s a hard combo to beat. So when I want a little of all three, I make these kale chips. Not only is kale a super food, but when it’s tossed with a little olive oil and salt and baked, it’s super delicious. Lays be gone.
Sweet. It’s really amazing how tasty these three ingredients are together. You mix a little Greek yogurt, frozen blueberries and honey, and all of the sudden, you are in dessert paradise. Except this snack is so rich in antioxidants and probiotics, you don’t even have to call it dessert. Just don’t go too crazy with that honey, honey. : )
Creamy. I am about to blow your mind. The first time I made this, I told every coworker I came into contact with the next day, and then they came back the next week and told me was I right or was I right. This recipe for creamy cauliflower sauce from Pinch of Yum tastes like Alfredo sauce, but it is made from cauliflower. Is that even possible? Mercifully, it is.
Chocolaty. Ah, the biggie. It’s possible to live without a lot of things, but for at least half of the population, chocolate is not one of them. When I must, must, must have chocolate, I mix a cup of nonfat milk with cocoa powder. One tablespoon of the real, unsweetened stuff has only 20 calories and 2 grams of fiber, plus a whole host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s kinda like it would be bad not to have some.
So there you have it, my go-to’s when I am in the zone but needing just a little something. I hope they help you, too. Happy resolute-ing : )