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Got Cravings? Try These Healthy Swaps

By Sara Butler

If you want to eat healthily, then you have to be willing to welcome real food into your life. While it could be argued that all food is real food, what is meant by that is that you should make an effort to bring more whole foods into your diet and leave processed foods behind.

Many people assume that if they have to give up processed foods, then they have to give up the good stuff -- but that's not true at all. There are many foods you can still eat to meet your cravings that are actually healthy for you. Here is a list of some of the healthy food swaps that need to be on your radar.

Swap Squash for Spaghetti

Spaghetti is something many people crave on the regular, but it's full of simple carbohydrates that are full of calories and really aren't that healthy for you. Instead of pasta, why not try spaghetti squash. Simply cut the squash in half and roast it -- it cooks up with the same stringy texture that is easy to twirl on your fork but without all the added calories of pasta.

Spaghetti squash also has the added benefit of being full of important nutrients your body needs, such as potassium and beta-carotene.

Swap Potatoes for Cauliflower

People love mashed potatoes and while potatoes themselves (with the skin) are pretty good for you, mashed potatoes full of butter and cream don't really tend to be. A great swap for mashed potatoes is mashed cauliflower. You make them practically the same way as your favorite mashed spud without as many calories.

Swap Chips For Crunchy Snacks

Everyone gets a craving for something crunchy to snack on. The next time you want something crunchy, consider swapping out more traditional snack foods such as chips with nuts like pistachios. Pistachios in particular are good for you because de-shelling those little suckers takes time. That means you will be forced to slow down as you eat them and give your stomach time to catch up with your head, allowing you to stop when you feel satisfied.

Pistachios are also packed with many more nutrients than chips. They're a great source of fiber and protein and you can have almost 50 nuts in one serving, compared to 15 chips in a serving of potato chips.

You don't have to give up what you crave to stay healthy, you just need to use your imagination!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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