I like food. I mean I reaaally like food. I’m talking about junk food and sweets. Unfortunately my food eating hobby doesn’t coincide with my hobby of staying fit. When I really want to get into shape whether it be for appearance, or preparing for Thanksgiving/Christmas/Holiday excess food times I stay super strict with anywhere from 4-10 weeks. This is a long time to not have junk food. Fortunately, I have few different types “treat” foods and healthy diet meals that I occasionally eat to satisfy my sweet tooth that doesn’t destroy my diet. When eaten in moderation, these foods serve as an awesome alternative without making you lose all your diet progress.
1) McDonalds Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone (170 calories, 4.5g fat, 27g carbs, 5g protein)
This one is my personal favorite since I love ice cream, and McDonalds is so easily accessible. Since I keep my carb intake less than 50g on days I don’t work out, I save my ice cream days for workout days. Consider this: 3 small cookies has about the same amount of calories as this ice cream cone, but double the fat. I’d rather go for the ice cream.
2) Ikea Soft Serve Vanilla Frozen Yogurt (100 calories, 0g fat, 21g carbs, 4g protein)
Now if Ikea was more easily accessible for me, I would have this more often. It tastes just as great as the McDonalds soft serve, but it comes fat free and less calories. I can justify eating 2 of these vs 1 McDonalds cone since the calorie and carb content is lower. As with the McDonald’s cone, I save these treats for workout days.
3) Plain Greek Yogurt 5.3oz cup mixed with 3.5 oz frozen berries (total 130 calories, 0 g fat, 16 g carbs, 16 g protein)
Yogurt (80 calories, 0 g fat, 6 g carbs, 15 g protein)
Mixed berries (50 calories, 0 g fat 10g carbs, 1 g protein)
Plain greek yogurt sucks. Well, to me it does. It’s way too sour for me, and I’m the type the likes sour food. My answer was to mix frozen berries in my yogurt and it ends up being a delicious snack. I prefer to put my own berries in vs buying flavored yogurts because I don’t trust whatever other ingredients the manufacturer puts in the yogurt to flavor it. Low calorie content, moderate carbs, and a fairly good amount of protein in this allows me to eat it every day.
4) 6 oz Japanese sweet potato (150 calories, 0g fat, 35g carbs, 3 g protein)
I prefer Japanese sweet potatoes over the more common yam (orange inside) after trying out both. To me, the Japanese sweet potato has more flavor. Another treat I save for workout days, but you could squeeze 1 potato in your non-workout days along as it fits below your target carb intake. The great thing about sweet potatoes other than being delicious is that just 6oz has a high amount of fiber so you end filling up faster and feeling full longer.
As I discover more foods that are okay to eat on a diet, I will continue to add to this list. Feel free to comment with suggestions as well.