Getting in shape is not just about getting plenty of exercise, its also about choosing the right foods to eat. But what happens when you have a hankering for chocolate because it’s that time of the month or a taste for something salty that only chips will satisfy? You can easily sabotage all of your workout efforts by giving in to your cravings. Never fear, we’ve prepared a list of “fake out foods” to satisfy your cravings without sabotaging your workout efforts.
Chocolate Attack – Chocolate Cheerios are fantastic for satisfying the chocolate attack. They even make the milk chocolaty!
Meal Replacement – If you’re looking for a quick “meal” during the day and you don’t want to get tempted by co-workers to pig out, just find your local Starbuck’s and order the Vivanno Chocolate Banana Smoothie. It has a whole banana, cocoa, 2% milk and 17g of Protein. You can even ask for an extra scoop of protein. They have strawberry banana as well but the chocolate banana is our favorite. Another meal replacement we like is AdvantEdge Carb Control Protein Shake in Vanilla or Chocolate Fudge.
Ice Cream Hankering – Sometimes a girl just wants to curl up on the couch with a pint of Haagen Dazs and watch a movie. But since it’s so incredibly tasty…I mean fattening…here’s an alternative: Real frozen Yogurt! And we’re not talking TCBY. We mean the all natural, cream yumminess of real frozen yogurt that you can get from Red Mango (multiple locations), Phileo (in Philadelphia), Sweet Endings (in Philadelphia), Pinkberry (multiple locations), Berry Berry (Dallas). We prefer it more creamy than icy and Red Mango seems to have the creamiest version. You can also add all types of fun toppings like fresh fruit, granola, cereal, etc.
Sweet Tooth – If you have a sweet tooth, try eating Sensible Foods crunchy dried fruit. It’s simply pieces of berries, apples, apricots, etc. dried until their crunchy. They’re super sweet and will quickly satisfy your sweet tooth.
Cookie Monster – If you love a good cookie every now and then you should really try the 100 Calorie pack version of Lorna Doones cookies and Oreo cookies. They’re almost as good as the real thing with way less fat and none of the guilt!
Salt/Savory – We’re not really into potato chips but when ever we do have a taste for something salty we like to go old school. Simply pop some popcorn in a pot on the stove (yes on the stove!) with olive oil instead of butter or regular oil. Then finish it off with a sprinkle of kosher salt. For a fancier touch, you can add a couple drops of truffle oil.
Flavored Water – Sometimes, plain old water just doesn’t sound thirst quenching enough. Instead of reaching for something artificially flavored, try filling a pitcher with slices of oranges and lemons; add water and place in the fridge. Don’t peel the fruit before slicing it as the oil from the skins of the fruit will help to flavor the water. What you end up with is mildly flavored, refreshing water and it looks great in a clear glass pitcher for serving to guests.