Satisfy Your Cravings with These Healthy Snack Alternatives

When your sweet tooth activates, or you get a hankering for something salty, don’t deny yourself completely – simply reach for healthy alternatives to junk food like potato chips and ice cream. Here are four guilt-free snacks that satisfy your cravings without affecting your weight loss goals.

Healthy Alternative to Potato Chips: Nuts and Seeds

Just 15 potato chips can have 150 calories and 9 grams of fat. If you sit down with a bag of freshly opened potato chips, it’s easy to see how your fat and calorie intake can get out of control.

To satisfy your craving for something salty, grab a handful of almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts or sunflower seeds. These have about 120 to 190 calories per ounce, but because they’re high in fiber and healthy plant fats, you feel full longer compared to eating starchy potato chips.

Healthy Alternative to French Fries: Veggies and Hummus

A small order of fries from a fast food restaurant packs a whopping 230 calories and 11 grams of fat. Yikes!

Get a satisfying crunch by substituting fries and ketchup with carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, celery, broccoli and zucchini slices dipped in hummus. Even a substantial handful of veggies is unlikely to surpass 50 calories, and 1/4 cup of hummus has only 100 calories and 6 grams of healthy plant-based fat.

protein banishes your craving while filling you up, which is more than a candy bar can do.

Healthy Alternative to Ice Cream: LeanProtein Shake

A typical 1/2 cup serving of ice cream may have anywhere from about 150 to 300 calories and 8 to 20 grams of fat. Fortunately, there’s another way to satisfy your craving for something cold, creamy and sweet.

Try LeanProtein, a low-calorie weight loss protein powder you can add to any smoothie or shake. Each serving has 150 calories, less than 2 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein to help keep you full.

Enjoy Fresh Food with Meal Planning from LeanMD

LeanMD’s weight loss meal planning system ensures you enjoy real, fresh foods – no “diet foods” or incessant counting required! Along with meal planning, we also offer a wireless body composition scale for remote reporting, the LeanMD fit band to track your daily activity level, and our new, easy-to-use mobile app to keep your dieting and exercise goals on track.

To learn more about our sustainable weight loss programs, please contact a LeanMD Mentor near you in California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana or Oregon.

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