3 Healthy Alternatives to Unhealthy Cravings

People like to stick with things they’ve tried out that have worked for them in the past. If you’re like me, you’re prone to ordering the same thing at every restaurant for years, and you’re likely to have the same album on repeat in your car for months. When it comes to trying new things, one bad decision can spoil your desire to venture out again. What I thought was “playing it safe” was actually better described as FEAR… fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of wasting money on something I didn’t like, etc.

When it comes to food (and life in general), we can never let fear dictate our decisions. Healthy eating gets a bad reputation most times, and people often “fear” wasting money, time, and jeopardizing their precious taste buds when trying new things. With a little research and imagination, you can beat your fears and find great new healthy recipes that are sure to become your favs.

Alternative 1: Craving Chocolate?

Instead of milk chocolate, try dark chocolate. There are tons of antioxidants in dark chocolate (60% and higher). It contains important vitamins and minerals, is good for your heart and brain, and can boost your mood and energy levels. So instead of grabbing that Snickers bar, romance yourself with strawberries and dark chocolate. When you remember to enjoy in moderation, this snack is sure to be fulfilling and make your body and tummy happier.

Alternative 2: Craving Fried Chicken or other fried foods?

Try a Lettuce Wrap! This oriental chicken dish includes chopped grilled chicken that’s wrapped in a cool, crisp lettuce leaf. If you can’t find the actual “Lettuce Wrap” seasoning in your local grocery store, try seasoning your chicken in a skillet with salt and pepper, cumin, ginger, onion powder and cinnamon (and, if you want, just a little bit of red pepper). Let all of this simmer while covered in a skillet in about a ½ inch of water after the chicken is almost half way done. This seasoning combo provides relief from inflammation, is high in protein and low on fat. For added health benefits, try your chicken over a bed of fresh spinach with a little red wine vinegar and lemon pepper seasoning. Yum!

Alternative 3: Try Juicing

If you really want to conquer your taste bud terrors and invest in your overall health, try juicing!  You’d be surprised how great you can make fruits and veggies taste when juiced together. It sends vital nutrients almost directly to where you need them, and can wake up your taste buds as well as the rest of your body.

My favorite juicing combo consists of
2 carrots,
half of a golden delicious apple (peeled),
one cucumber (peeled),
a half dollar-sized chunk of raw ginger(peeled),
a handful of watercress and/or spinach,
one quarter of a fresh beet,
and half of a lemon.

This combo tastes great, gives me an awesome energy boost, and helps to detox my liver.

These are just a few hints to get you started while searching for good alternatives for eating. Get creative with your adventure out into the unknown when it comes to new healthy food choices. Conquer your food fears with research and your own unique ideas. Don’t let fear keep you from enjoying your new potentially favorite foods.

Cheers to feeding a courageous and healthier you!


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  • Wow.
  • I too was that "good" girl and based my righteousness on my actions. When I did commit one of those sins you listed (as if I wasn't already sinning with my pride in myself) I went into deep depression because I placed so much weight on being "good." When I realized (like you) that He is good and my righteousness (actions) are like filthy rags it gave me a new freedom. I was a slave to my misguided perceptions and my so called perfection. Christ offered me a freedom based on who He was and not what I did or did not do. He loved me in spite of me. That for me was freeing. Thank you for sharing this post. Now I see that I wasn't the only misguided one...lol...I'm sure there are many more of us. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
  • I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!
  • This is a much needed topic in the church today. I dont know whats worse these church floks that fill your head with lies or that christian mingle commercial?
  • Very wise words, son. Hopefully, they are listening with spiritual ears and a heart to obey.