We all have foods that tempt us. If we see them, we eat them. You know the feeling … a bag of favorite chips quickly becomes crumbs and then guilt sets in. Or you reach for a few chocolates, and suddenly the box is empty.
We wanted to know if dietitians share the same struggles, and asked them for advice for avoiding our craving culprits.
“There are no foods that I refuse to keep at home, just foods I push behind healthier options or kept in inconvenient cupboards. I stay very focused on keeping a low budget for groceries, so any extras are ‘wants,’ not ‘needs.’”
– Jenalee Richner, RD, LDN
“I try to keep potato chips and sweets out of the house. I know that if they are there, I am going to end up quickly finishing the whole bag or overindulge. I use online ordering for most of my grocery shopping, which helps me not to impulse buy these things by seeing them at the store.”
– Brittany Smith, DRD
“I avoid keeping processed snack foods at home, such as chips, crackers and cookies. I typically don’t prefer these foods for snacks, but I’ll still consume some if they are available. If they’re not there, I don’t think about them much. My family also asks that we don’t keep them in the house, so I try to make a grocery list before going to the store, and don’t shop down aisles with foods that tempt us.”
– Emily Monfiletto, RD, LD, CCMS
“I find if I bring trail mix or granola into the house I will overeat them. I really try my best to stick to my grocery list with very few exceptions. I also avoid going to the store hungry or pack a snack to eat while I shop so I avoid impulse buys.”
– Susannah Schneider, RD
If you’ve cleared your pantry of temptation foods, but still need to feed your sweet tooth, try these healthy alternatives.