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Friday, January 4, 2008

Healthy Food Alternatives For Cravings

I thought of this post because one of the biggest excuses for not quitting smoking is “I will gain weight!” I for one do not want to gain weight or loose the progress that I have already made. Besides, I think all of us that are involved with this group are mainly quitting smoking for our health. So, here are a few healthier things that we can put in our mouths other than cigarettes or other tobacco products.

  • ½ cup – Baby Carrots (raw) = 35 calories, fat 0 g, carbs 8 g

  • 1 cup – Celery (raw) = 17 calories, fat 0.2 g, carbs 3.6 g (Celery is actually “negative" calories since it has diuretic properties)

  • 1 cup – Broccoli (raw) = 30 calories, fat 0.3 g, carbs 5.8 g

  • 1 cup – Cauliflower = 25 calories, fat 0.1 g, carbs 5.3 g

  • 1 cup – Sunflower Seeds (with shell) = 262 calories, fat 22.8 g, carbs 8.6 g

I found the calorie counts on Calorie Count Plus, this is a free service and it is my favorite for looking up servings and calorie breakdown information. I use Everyday Health for weight, food and glucose tracking (it is also free, I love free stuff). I have found that, Calorie Count Plus is easier to look up food values. In either service you can put in your own recipes and find out what you are really eating, sometimes this can be scary so beware. You can also find more information on Kicking The Smoking Habit that I posted on my blog.


Kelly said...

Gaining weight scares me too. Good idea Mandy to list some healthy choices. Don't forget the water! Drink as much water as possible. It will help fill you up a little and also help flush out your system.

Mandy said...

I did forget the water, that is one thing that I am really bad about doing. Thanks for adding.

Mandy said...

Mrs. Dash is always good, zero everything! The marinades are good too.

Clarice Fullington said...

Hmm... Good point there. That's a good diet for someone who's on the quitting path. If someone decides to quit smoking, would it be okay if he used alternatives while decreasing the amount of usage incrementally? A friend was thinking if he can incorporate that with this diet you've suggested.

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