6 Unhealthy Food Cravings and Their Healthier Alternatives


Whether it’s after a long day of work or week of healthy dieting — sometimes junk food cravings hit you, hard. Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Cravings are a natural response since we’re constantly surrounded by high-calorie foods, says Men’s Fitness. So what should you do when the cravings kick in? Of course, the best reaction is to completely ignore that your stomach is begging you for a super-sized order of fries. But let’s face it, you’re only human, and sometimes willpower just doesn’t cut it. So instead of gorging on unhealthy junk food or depriving yourself completely, here are six ways to satisfy your cravings.

1. French Fries

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Would you like a side of fries with that? Yes please! Too bad French fries are filled with fat and calories, which can pose some serious health risks over time. Also, according to Livestrong.com, French fries contain a lot of salt and acrylamide, a chemical that has been associated with cancer.

Swap Out: Snack on a bowl of edamame instead for a slightly salty but healthy option. Or if you really need your starchy fix, opt for a baked potato rather than fried, and skip all the unhealthy add-ons like bacon bits and sour cream.

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