Thursday, March 28, 2013

Curb Your Cravings, Your Way!

Written by Ashley Leupold
Part of National Nutrition Month 2013

Cravings have a way of ruining a healthy diet.  They come and even though I know I should eat a salad for lunch, I end up reaching for a greasy burger instead.  How can we curb our cravings?  Here are my top three cravings, and what I eat to curb those appetites in a delicious, craving filling choice:

Picture by Ashley Leupold

If you are craving French fries, try baked sweet potato fries instead!  Sweet potato fries are savory and hearty, and they are a superb alternative because they leave you feeling full and satisfied, have fewer calories than French fries, and are full of vitamins, such as beta-carotene, vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Folate!

Are you craving a burger?  Try this protein option instead: a grilled chicken sandwich with fresh tomato and lettuce on top!  Flavorful, tender chicken and crisp, fresh vegetables make for a meal that is low in fat while high in protein.  Also try adding a side of juicy, rich grilled vegetables for extra taste and nutrition.

My favorite food, and the food that I crave the most, is Cherry Vanilla Ice-Cream, but lately I’ve started eating cherries over a square of angel food cake instead!  Cherries are sweet, luscious, and great dessert choice.  Angel food cake is light and mellow, tastes delightful and sweet, and is low in fat and calories as well. 

Cravings are tricky to please, but with these healthy alternatives you will be on your way to eat right, your way, every day. 


Agricultural Research Service.  (n.d.).  Nutrient data library: Nutrient data for sweet potatoes. Retrieved from potato

Agricultural Research Service.  (n.d.).  Nutrient data library: Nutrient data for cherries. Retrieved from

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