Healthy Swapouts

Everyone knows it. That feeling. Cravings, I guess. The moment when you have been on a great diet streak for a month already, but it’s hot out and that ice cream shop down the road just opened… Pluuuusss you only had a bowl of cereal for breakfast… Or, as another example, you have been trying to cut down on your sodium intake but you and your friends are curled on the couch watching a movie… Popcorn HAS to happen. Now, I admit, when something like that happens, I give in to the temptation. But then again, my self restraint isn’t the strongest. You don’t have to let yourself lose that winning streak with my top 5 healthy swapouts. Don’t sacrifice health for deliciousness, you can have both!

  1. Ice cream

This one is always tough, because many “healthy” ice creams out there are either really difficult to make, require some fancy equipment, or taste like junk. You have a couple of options to curb these cravings. #1 is food processing some frozen bananas. The result is a creamy soft-serve like ice cream that is sweet and cold, exactly what you are looking for. #2 is going to be coconut milk popsicles. Pour some sweetened coconut milk into a popsicle tray and add some fresh or frozen fruit to create a popsicle worthy of {insert famous person’s name here}.

2. Popcorn.

Mmm. Salty, buttery goodness. Crispy with that fluffy texture and snackable consistency. I recommend you grab a handful of unsalted roasted nuts to crush those cravings. I also suggest that you try air-popping some popcorn (without oil or salt) and toss about a teaspoon of sugar, cinnamon, or even parmesan cheese to up the flavor. See you in heaven 😊

3. Milkshakes

Milkshakes might be one of the easiest (and healthiest) craving to destroy. Throw a frozen banana, 1/2 cup almond milk, and some fresh fruit and maybe a tablespoon of honey into a blender and give it a whirl. Tada! If you prefer a chocolate or vanilla milkshake, leave out the fruit and add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder, and if you want chocolate add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.

4. Pizza

This is an easy one, as you can just find a good cauliflower crust recipe and smear on some tomato sauce and toss some mozzarella (or nut cheese) on and bake it. If you are just trying to make smaller serving sizes, try making the ever-popular bagel pizza. Spread some pizza sauce and sprinkle some cheese on top of a plain bagel and toast it to crispy, cheesy, savory perfection.

5. Cake

Last but not least, cake. The solution is as easy as mixing some ingredients in a mug and tossing it in the microwave. I may be a tad bit obsessed over mug cakes, so you are sure to see plenty of those on the blog pretty soon.

I hope these helped and that you can enjoy some of these tasty comfort foods again.

❤ ❤ ❤

~ Amelia and Esther

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