With so many delicious pictures of food all over the internet and social media and new restaurant dishes and chains popping up everywhere, healthy eating can be a real challenge. Fortunately, there are several health food alternatives that weight loss patients can swap to satisfy their cravings without the guilt. At Total HealthcareMD, our weight loss experts recommend that you leave the donuts, cookies, mozzarella sticks, and pizza behind and opt for one of the following foods instead:


If you’re craving chips, go for almonds instead. Although they contain between 120 and 190 calories per ounce, almonds are high in fiber and healthy fats. They will also make you feel fuller for a longer period of time than chips, which are full of starch. Almonds are versatile and available in different flavors to satisfy any taste buds.


While onion rings and French fries are tasty, even a small order or portion can set you back about 280 calories. Instead of French fries or onion rings, boil a cup of shelled or unshelled edamame for several minutes and sprinkle with sea salt. Edamame is loaded with protein and fiber that will keep you fulfilled.

Protein Bars or Dark Chocolate

Candy bars by the cash register at grocery and convenience stores may be tough to resist. The next time you’re tempted to throw one in with your purchase, choose a protein bar or dark chocolate instead.

Protein bars come in a variety of appealing flavors such as chocolate, peanut butter, and strawberry and are sure to keep your stomach happy much longer than a regular candy bar. Dark chocolate is also a great choice because it is full of anti-inflammatory ingredients that are great for the heart.

Frozen Yogurt or Sorbet

Ice cream is a top choice on a hot, summer day. However, it is full of calories and unhealthy fat. Sorbet and frozen yogurt are smart alternatives to ice cream since they are typically fat free. Keep in mind that since they do contain sugar, frozen yogurt and sorbet, like all foods, should be consumed in moderation.

Turkey Burger Sans the Bun

Juicy burgers decked out in toppings can be hard to stay away from. If you’re craving a burger, go for a turkey burger instead. Since poultry contains less calories and saturated fat, a ground turkey burger is the way to go. A turkey burger without a bun or lettuce wrap is an easy way to cut even more calories off a burger.

Visit Total HealthcareMD for Healthy Eating Support

Eating healthy to lose weight is easier said than done. The weight loss experts at Total HealthcareMD can help you maintain a healthy diet and avoid guilty pleasures that often hinder weight loss goals.

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