Peggy, Week 18: 8 Smart, Satisfying Food Swaps

We’ve all been there. Minding our own business when chocolate starts calling our name. Or desperately trying to be good while those frozen French fries start pounding on the freezer door to be let out. To save major calories, I came up with more smart swaps to stay on track. They’ve helped me and hopefully will do the same for you.

When you want: Chocolate covered pretzels…
Try: Slices of apple drizzled with two tablespoons of chocolate. Or fresh fruit salad with yogurt covered raisins.

When you want: You want an ice cream sundae…
Try: Strawberry sorbet or frozen yogurt with fresh fruit.

When you want: Potato chip…
Try: Celery or baby carrots with ranch dressing or air-popped popcorn.

When you want: Chocolate chip cookies and milk…
Try: Making your favorite recipe using Splenda instead of sugar and skim milk instead of whole. Also, only bake 2 per person in the house. (You can always freeze the remaining cookie dough.) Or try one of the 100-calorie cookie packs.

When you want: A cheeseburger and French fries…
Try: A turkey burger and home made oven fries or grilled chicken with fruit salad and baked chips.

When you want: Sweet tea…
Try: Brewing it yourself and add fresh fruit, such as lemons, to taste.

When you want: Baked macaroni and cheese…
Try: Adding grilled veggies and a little less pasta and cheese.

When you want: Crème brulee…
Try: Sugar free pudding.

Tell us what you want, and what you’re willing to try instead below.