Monday, April 26, 2010

Craving moster!

Cravings…everyone has them (believe me, this pregnant girl knows ALL about cravings), but that doesn’t mean that we have to give into cravings. It’s important that even though you may feel like you will “just die!” if you don’t have what you crave, you won’t. This is not to say that you should never give into your Taco Bell craving, but MOST of the time, make a better choice that will give you what your body is craving as well as the desire of your tastebuds!

Here are some of my major, die-without cravings and how I've made them "healthy" for me!

Velveeta Shells and Cheese:

A box of this packs a ton of calories. Yes...I said a box, cuz really, if you’re having a mac and cheese craving and you’ve made the whole box, how many people are going to really stop at 1/3 of the batch? I think not many.

STATS: 990 calories, 36 grams of fat.


Smart Ones Creamy Mac and Cheese:

Still the whole thing, but it's portion controlled so I have been less likely to make 3 boxes and can be satisfied with just one :)

STATS: 270 calories, 2 grams of fat.

Taco Bell 5-layer Beefy Burrito:

Hey! Don’t judge…I know it’s gross…but man…I crave this like crazy…and I know that many of you do to!!

STATS: 550 calories, 22 grams of fat.


Homemade bean and cheese burrito:

Still delish and really hits the spot with protein and cheese, but it's just ¼ cup fat free spicy refried beans, ¼ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese all hot and rolled up in a Mission Carb Control Whole Wheat fajita sized tortilla.

STATS: 220 calories, 8 grams of fat.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Any restaurant carrot cake will do, but these stats are from Outback Steakhouse…it’s delish, but not so much nutritionally sound and is over half of most people’s daily caloric need. Ouch!

STATS: 1,200 calories, 28 grams of fat.


Weight Watchers Carrot Crème Cake:

Seriously still satisfying without eating a quarter of an actual cake.

STATS: 90 calories, 3.5 grams of fat

Grilled Cheese

Ooey-Gooey and oh so cravable, right? But if you’re like me, you crave 5 slices of cheese on thick, white Texas toast with a crisp buttery outside.

STATS: 510 calories, 30 grams of fat.


Cheese Quesadilla:

These have become an absolute staple for me and it totally hits the grilled cheese spot! One Mission Carb Control Whole Wheat fajita sized tortilla with 1/3 cup reduced fat cheddar grilled to crispy, gooey perfection!

STATS: 183 calories, 10 grams of fat

So those are just a few examples and I am definitely not saying to not go for your “real” craving every once in a while, but it’s also important to keep a majority of you caloric intake reserved for fruits and veggies and lean protein and whole grains and such.

Just some things to think about. What are your cravings? How can you make them healthier?


  1. I Red Baron frozen pizza. Aaaaaaall the time! I could literally eat it for every meal. Is that a healthy option? If not, can you give me a better option for pizza? I'm cereal about this question.

  2. GREAT question, Z$! Frozen pizza is a huge calorie and fat hole. 1/4 (or two small slices) of a Red Baron Cheese pizza is 380 calories and 16 grams of fat. And I'm betting that you aren't just eating 2 pieces. A much better option would be a Kashi frozen pizza which is made with whole grains. You can have 1/3 of the pizza for only 290 calories and 7 grams of fat. That means that if you were to eat an entire pizza Kashi-style instead of your usual RB, you would save 650 calories and 43 grams of fat. OR you could have 1/2 of a large DeLight cheese pizza from Papa Murphys (the equivilant to a whole RB)and save 820 calories and 29 grams of fat. Viola...happy pizza eating!