Eating for Beauty: 5 Healthy Craving-Busters

Monday, September 16, 2013
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I love snacking. Sometimes I just need a little something-something to get me through to my next meal. And snacks help me to not over-indulge at mealtimes. I often turn to fresh fruit, veggies with hummus, almonds, or yogurt but sometimes I’m craving something a little more sinful.  Here are 5 of my favorite healthy, low calorie snacks that help me conquer my worst cravings.

Get the skinny after the jump.

5 Healthy Craving-Busters

The craving: Cheese
The solution: Laughing Cow Light cheese on Finn Crisp crackers with optional sliced tomato.
Calories: 91
The low-down: Each Laughing Cow Light wedge is only 35 calories and it’s so creamy and delicious it makes high fiber Finn Crisp crackers taste fantastic!

The craving: Cookies
The solution: Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar
Calories: 220
The low-down: I’m a bit addicted to these yummy raw food bars made with just three ingredients: peanuts, dates, and salt.

The craving: Salt
The solution: Seasoned and Roasted Seaweed
Calories: 40 per package
The low-down: Need something salty to snack on at night? It happens. Minimize the damage with a seasoned, roasted seaweed and get a healthy dose of key nutrients including iodine. I buy it at my local Asian market but you can also find it at Whole Foods or online.

The craving: Ice cream
The solution: Banana “Ice Cream”
Calories: 105
The low-down: I was skeptical when I heard that putting frozen banana slices in a food processor would yield a rich, creamy dessert. Believe the hype. It’s DELICIOUS. Follow the how-to on The Kitchn and indulge in a potassium-filled sweet treat. Photo credit: The Kitchn

The craving: Fat
The solution: Sprouted Wheat Toast with Avocado and Lemon
Calories: 160
The low-down: When you want a creamy and buttery treat, avocados are the way to go. I spread these healthy fat-filled fruits on sprouted wheat toast and top with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of salt.

Hope you give some of these delicious snacks a try! And if you do indulge remember to be kind to yourself. You can learn more about my own strategy to be kinder to myself and stop using the "F" word (fat) to describe myself over on Babble.

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