One of the most overlooked and important aspects of staying lean is controlling cravings.
Whether you have a cheat day, cheat meal or you’re following an “if it fits your macros” plan, there’s a fine line between moderation and overindulgence. Months of dedicated training and dieting can be undermined by overdoing it with potato chips, chocolate bars, Nutella, popcorn, ice cream and other popular snacks. Controlling the indulging chaos is key to keeping your physique in check.
Try these four snacks to replace your trigger snacks and you’ll see that nothing can hold you back from your physique goals.
Substitute: Chocolate Peanut/Almond Butter
Packaged cookies, baked cookies (or any type of cookies), are really hard to just have one or two of. If you’re one of those, “whole box of Chips Ahoy Chewy” types, don’t even get started on cookies. Opt for flavored almond butter or peanut butter such as Peanut Butter & Co 'Dark Chocolate Dreams' or Justin’s 'Maple Almond Butter'. These nut butters provide healthy fat, a good source of protein and taste amazing.
Trigger: Ice Cream
Substitute: Flavored Greek Yogurt or Yogurt Custard
Instead of spooning out ice cream until you can’t scoop anymore, get single-serving containers of flavored Greek yogurt, which has more protein than standard yogurt and not much fat compared to ice cream. For a more ice-cream like texture, try a packaged yogurt custard made of whole milk like Yoplait’s Custard Yogurt for dessert. The great thing about Greek yogurt and custard yogurt is the large variety of flavors available such as banana, salted caramel, dark cherry, chocolate, and more.
Trigger: Potato Chips
Substitute: Quinoa Clusters
Potato chips are loaded with salt and carbohydrates, and barely any protein. Quinoa clusters/chips such as I Heart Keenwah quinoa clusters and Simply 7 quinoa curls are perfect substitutes. I Heart Keenwah’s bite-sized granola clusters have 3+ grams of protein per serving and the Simply 7 quinoa curls pack 5 grams of protein per serving.
Trigger: Chocolate Bar
Substitute: FitJoy Protein Bar
FitJoy bars are protein bars that come in several dessert-inspired flavors. Each bar packs 20 grams of protein (way more than the 5 grams in an average chocolate bar) at least 10 grams of fiber, 4-5 grams of sugar and more than 100mg of potassium. FitJoy bars have around the same amount of calories as a standard chocolate bar yet 3x less the amount of sugar. When candy cravings kick in, grab a FitJoy to make the healthy type of gains.