Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alternatives for chip-a-holics

If you want to curb your chip cravings try these strategies. You're likely to be satifisfied with something crunchy or savory, not necessarily chips.

Crowd out with the good stuff:
Substitute with crunchy veggies (carrots, snap peas, jicama, bell peppers, broccoli) with hummus or homemade guacamole (no added sour cream or chemical additives).
Substitute with wheat-free crackers with dips mentioned above.
Substitute with almonds or walnuts. Or make your own nut-dominant trail mix (be careful of too many dried fruits to avoid too much sugar).

Good ol' portion control if you can't give up your favorite flavor of chips: pack your snacks in a small container. Do not sit with a family pack size of chips.

Switch to "baked" so you can avoid the bad fats of the fried chips. If you like tortilla chips, go with organic corn chips that have added nutrition like sesame seeds. My favorite is sesame blues by Garden of Eatin. And going to the first strategy, if you are eating your chips with dip, you will feel full faster and you can't eat that many chips if it takes more time to dip.

If you want to be even more healthy, have athletic goals or simply build lean muscle, I encourage you to check out Beanfield's chips which are made of beans and rice--a complete protein! The Nacho flavor tastes familiar like a popular bad-for-you brand and the Pico de Gallo is also a tasty flavor too. You can find it on line through the link above (mass quantity saves you some money) or you can find it at your local Whole Foods (in the gluten free section, sometimes in a different aisle than the regular chip section) or at Santa Monica Food Co-op.

If you can eat a portion-controlled low-glycemic healthy meal or snack every 3 hrs, eating by the clock instead of waiting for your hunger pangs (too late to make a good decision when you're hungry!), then you're less likely to have cravings and become a conscious eater to fuel a healthier body!

Learn more about health weight management by downloading our recorded teleseminar here. Two more FREE teleseminars coming this week on Digestive Health and Detox, if you sign up by sending your RSVP to embodyhealth at gmail. You'll also get a bonus nutrition worksheet!

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