I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that people often tell me that their favourite indulgence foods are chips and chocolate. My weakness was always potato chips, the old Annette would open a bag of chips and easily munch her way to the bottom. Whether you have a sweet or savoury tooth, the key to satisfying food cravings is knowing how to do it the healthy way.
To find out more about my followers favourite foods, I recently put this question to my Facebook group “What is your weakness? Sweet or savoury?” The response was fairly evenly weighted and some people answered ‘both’, others mentioned they had trouble stopping once they opened the packet. So I thought I’d share how I’ve conquered this habit.
The key to satisfying food cravings
While everything in moderation is the key, I think this can be even harder with our favourite snack foods, especially if you struggle to stop once the packet is opened. It takes a certain mindset and willpower to have just a little at a time. I know only too well how overindulging can make you feel – happy in the moment but filled with regret and guilt afterwards.
Many years ago, I discovered how to stop dieting and become healthy while still enjoying my favourite meals and snacks… yes even chips! I created healthy recipe versions of all my favourite foods such as corn chips, potato chips, meals, desserts and baking and learned about portion control.
The key to including your favourite snack foods as part of a healthy balanced diet is being in control.
Here’s my 3 simple tips to stay in control:
- Look for healthier alternatives that will still satisfy your craving
- Weigh or measure your portion (and don’t go back for more)
- If you can’t resist it, don’t buy it
A recipe for you
To satisfy your savoury cravings, I thought I’d share my Corn Chips recipe from book 1 (Serves 2)
Ingredients: 1 Lebanese kebab bread or lavash bread, cooking spray, seasoned pepper (optional).
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Cut bread into 4 strips, then into triangles (to look like corn chips).
- Coat baking tray with cooking spray, place chips onto tray, sprinkle with seasoned pepper (optional), lightly spray chips with cooking spray.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
They’re so quick and easy to make and are delicious served with salsa or skinny hommus! Make a bigger batch and store in an airtight container, they keep for weeks.
Some final thoughts…
To tame a sweet craving try my Rich Chocolate Squares recipe in book 4. These are suitable to be frozen so you can make a batch to have on hand and freeze into individual portions for when the craving hits.
Whether your craving is sweet or savoury I’ve got you covered with my delicious guilt-free recipes. Remember, don’t deprive yourself. Instead change your way of thinking about food and discover how to live a healthy, balanced life that includes your favourite things.