Giving in to your cravings doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. Use these three simple recipes for healthy alternatives to satisfy some common cravings:

Craving chocolate, try:

Dark chocolate-covered strawberries

Makes: 20 strawberries • Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

6 oz. 70 percent cocoa dark chocolate, finely chopped

1 Tbsp. coconut oil

20 large strawberries with stems, cleaned

1 cup shredded coconut (optional)

Directions

  1. Add a ½ cup water to pot or double boiler and bring to simmer.
  2. Turn off heat. Set bowl of chocolate over the water to melt; stir until smooth and completely melted.
  3. Dip strawberries into chocolate, holding the stem, leaving the last ¼ inch or so uncovered. Let excess chocolate drip off then set on parchment paper.
  4. If using shredded coconut, either sprinkle or roll berries in flakes, depending on how much coconut you prefer.
  5. Set berries aside until the chocolate hardens.

Per serving (1 strawberry): Calories 57.6, Fat 4.7g, Carbs 5.2g, Potassium 37.3mg

 

Craving mashed potatoes, try:

Cauliflower mashed ‘potatoes’

Makes: 4 servings • Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

3 lbs. cauliflower (medium head), cleaned and cut

2 garlic cloves

1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. salt

Black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a medium-size pot, combine cauliflower, garlic and enough water to cover the contents.
  2. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let cook until cauliflower is tender.
  3. Drain and add cauliflower, garlic, salt and oil to a blender or food processor and mix until smooth.
  4. Pepper to taste.

Per serving: Calories 68.3, Fat 3.8g, Carbs 8.1g, Protein 2.9g

 

Craving sweets, try:

Protein bars

Makes: 16 bars • Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 ½ cups rolled oats

¾ cup whole almonds

½ cup blueberries, dried

½ cup pistachios, shelled

1/3 cup flaxseed, ground

1/3 cup walnuts

¼ cup sunflower seeds, unsalted

1/3 cup honey

¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce

1 cup almond butter

Directions

  1. Combine oats, almonds, blueberries, pistachios, flaxseed, walnuts and sunflower seeds in a large bowl.
  2. Stir in honey and apple sauce, mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in almond butter, mix thoroughly.
  4. Place mixture in an 8-by-8-inch pan lined with wax paper, spreading as evenly as possible.
  5. Place in freezer for 1 hour.
  6. Remove and cut into 16 pieces. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Per serving (1 bar): Calories 227.3, Fat 15.7g, Carbs 19g, Protein 5.9g