Three Alternatives to Not So Healthy Foodie Favorites

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No doubt, one of the most difficult aspects of committing to a healthier lifestyle is sticking to a healthy diet. With so many deliciously tempting snacks available, finding a way to resist urges for greasy potato chips, sugary candies, and fatty treats can be quite the challenge.

All too often, people trying to lead a healthier lifestyle commit to denial rather than compromise. In other words, rather than tell ourselves that we can never have any snacks that are sugary or fatty, we should try to find healthier substitutes for these alluring treats. Try these three healthy and delicious substitutes for three guilty pleasure snacks that are hard to shake cold turkey.

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Apple Chips

There is no better diet breaker than the ever tempting potato chip. Full of fat and carbohydrates, potato chips have little to offer other than a tasty and greasy snack. A great alternative to snacking on greasy potato chips is eating apple chips instead. Apple chips have fewer calories and significantly less saturated fat.

Now obviously, you can’t base your diet off of eating apple chips all day, but if you get a snacking craving, rather than reach for the fatty bag of potato chips, try munching on some apple chips instead. While these apple chips can be a bit hard to come by in your local grocery store and can be significantly more expensive than traditional chips, they can be made at home fairly easily.

With just a few ingredients and a couple apples of your choice, you can make this healthy snack at in your own kitchen.

 

Dried Fruit

Obviously sugary candies are not dieting material. However, the second I start dieting, candy is typically the first thing I begin craving. Rather than denying yourself all sweets, try substituting your sweet tooth for processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup with a taste for dried fruits.

Dried fruit can be a great substitute for sugary candy because it still has a delicious sweet taste and it somewhat resembles candy in texture and appearance. In many way, eating dried fruit as candy can trick your mind and body into thinking that it is satisfying its craving for sweets.

While some dried fruits can still have relatively high levels of calories, all dried fruit has the better fats and sugars that your body needs. Buy dried fruits such as dates, figs, and plums at your local grocery store for a snack that has less than half the amount of calories fruit mimicking candies do.

Replace that bag of skittles at 250 calories with a whopping handful of dried plums at 110 calories. While this substitution can take some getting used to, dried fruit is a healthy alternative to super sugary candies and treats.

 

Almond Nut Butter

Many of us may not know just how fattening peanut butter can be. With generally just under 200 calories (per average serving) and almost 70% saturated fat, peanut butter can be a huge setback for many dieters. Almond butter can act as a great substitute for peanut butter.

Now, many think that almond butter is just as fattening as peanut butter because it too contains high levels of fat. However, the fat in almond butter is unsaturated, which is heart healthy, rather than saturated like peanut butter. This means, that while you are ingesting just as many grams of fat, the fat in almond butter is good for your health and heart.

Almond nut butter also contains a substantial amount of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and can help lower your cholesterol. Again, almond butter can be more expensive than a generic jar of peanut butter, but it is most certainly worth it.

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This guest post is contributed by Barbara Jolie, who writes for online classes. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: barbara.jolie876  gmail.com.

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Bwendo

There is not truer word said than it is hard to resist all the sugary packaged things!

But your apple chips have definitely struck a chord with me and I will buy some on the way home to share with the family.

Just have to stop buying some chocolate when I stop to buy milk at night…

Sanjeeta kk

Like the apple chips and almond nut butter..need to include in my diet as well. Lovely post, Gera!

claudia lamascolo

I really love the idea of the dried fruit, I loved apricots and pineapple. we usually go to an organic health store to get it so there isn’t so much to worry about what it has on it. I tried doing this myself and actually have no patience to wait… can you believe that! What an awesome post!!!! TWEET! 🙂

Rosa

Great tips. I eat a lot of dried fruits…

Cheers,

Rosa

Glenda Rogers

I would love to have your recipe for apple chips

    Barbara Jolie

    Thanks for reading Glenda! I have tried several different recipes that I found online. It’s hard to say which one is my favorite.

Deeba Rajpal (

Fabulous tips … I’m all for healthy versions! Love the idea apple chips

Joanne

I love dried fruits. Raisins, mango, pineapple..so good. I try to get the ones that do not contain sulfites and also, fruitened with fruit juices instead of sugar.

norma

I always try to eat healthy, but it’s hard and I am so weak at times…Must look for apple chip recipe. Thanks for an enlightening post.

Claudia

Love apple chips! My new best friend! Grand reminders all – there are healthier – and delicious options for everything.

redkathy

Hi Barbara, You have shared some fine alternatives for healthier, diet friendly foods. Dieting is one of the hardest things I ever had to take part in. I was on a low sugar diet while pregnant with my second son. My sweets cravings were horrific however dried fruits helped to manage those at least until I gave birth!

Drying fruits is a simple task to accomplish and when the fruit is in season is also quite economical.

Great choice for a guest post Gera.

Have a great weekend.

Amanda

Thanks for sharing! I love apple chips. Had to trade out my fave brand of dried cranberries though. Finally got around to reading the label. Sugar was no. 2 ingredient. No wonder they were so darn tasty. Your article makes me want banana chips 🙂

Ana

I love dried fruits and banana in particular. Lately vegetable chips are quite widely available in stores too and it’s pretty tasty as well for an alternative to potato chips.

Barbara Jolie

Thanks for reading! Great minds think alike!

Barbara Jolie

Thanks for reading!

Barbara Jolie

I absolutely agree Joanne. Great advice. Thanks for reading.

Barbara Jolie

That’s wonderful advice. I hadn’t thought of that. Thanks!

Barbara Jolie

Thanks so much for reading! I hope your kids enjoy!

Rita

We have someone who makes and sells those apple chips; I was so impressed. Did not know about almond butter; great informative post.
Rita

Mario

I love potato chips, but I’m aware that isn’t good for my health. I’m from Mexico and I haven’t see apple chips anywhere, maybe I could find an american brand at Costco.

Sometimes I replace potato chips with cucumber or jicama with lemon and chili powder, mmhh..

Erica

Apple chips sound like a great snack for my kid’s lunch box! Thank you for the wonderful idea!

OysterCulture

Great reminders, and while I don’t eat all that much peanut butter I forgot just how many calories it contains – yikes!

June

I made the switch to dried fruit from candy a while ago… It was hard at first, but now I find candy to be WAY too sweet and sugary – I’d much prefer the natural stuff. It can happen!! 🙂

William Boggs

It is necessary to eat whole grains when wishing to decrease cholesterol. rolled oats is one good example of whole grain food. One effective idea is to get rid of all processed cereals, that are full of sugar, and exchange them with oatmeal. There might be some little taste adjustment at first since you are used to those good-tasting foods but your body will adapt. It is crucial to know foods that lower cholesterol. You will be certain that it will bring you good health and will help maintain a healthy bodyweight. Avoid white bread and other high sugar carbohydrates and you will be on the way to superior health.

Lorraine

Nice tips Barbara and Gera! Although I tend not to deny myself anything, just eat small amounts. But I am still trying to lose those last 10 kilos so perhaps that isn’t working out very well for me 😛

Mary

We love apple chips. They were the first thing I made using our dehydrator and they are a frequent snack in our home.

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