I wanted cake too but that is not going to happen tonight... I went to Red Robin and we had a mess up with our order so the manager bought us desert. I thought that was nice and thought I would just eat part of it tonight and then save some for tomorrow or whatever. I decided to go home and check the calories before I ate it so I new how much I wanted to divide it up. Well I am really glad I checked. There are 47 g of sugar and 811 calories. That doesn't even count the high sodium and fat content. Very disappointed, oh well. I will find a better snack, my son and his friend are happy I did not want it.
I find that when I really crave something specific like cake, trying to soothe the craving with substitutes just means eating that AND cake.
Instead, I narrow it down and plan it. Don't just say you want cake; figure out whether you want white cake with white icing and a pink flower from ABC Bakery, or chocolate cake with caramel filling from XYZ Coffee Shop. Then look at your menu plans for the rest of the week (or create menu plans for the rest of the week) and see where you can trim 100 calories a day until you've "saved up" the calories that you'll "spend" on the cake. Then go out and get your one slice and enjoy it-- but if they don't have the exact kind of cake you planned on, don't settle for a substitute. Just ask when they expect to have it again and keep those calories in the "bank."
It's nice to be able to feel that you've earned that special thing and to enjoy it without any regrets. But what happens more often is that you lose the craving halfway through the week and/or decide you'd rather let those calories go toward slightly faster weight loss. It's a way to make procrastination work for you.
I had one of those days yesterday, where I was really in the mood for something "sweet". That mood was more than satisfied with my lunch:
Egg white omelet (4 egg whites) cooked in 1/2 tsp of olive oil --- topped with 40g of ricotta cheese that I'd mixed with cinnamon and a bit of vanilla extract, and about 100g of mixed fresh berries. I let the cheese warm up on top of the omelet in the pan, then folded it up and served it with the berries on top. Came out to about 210 calories: 15g carb, 8g fat, 21g protein.
I've also done this with an extra topping of 50g plain yogurt mixed with a little bit of maple sugar (about 1/4 tsp - 3 calories) and vanilla extract --- or have added natural cocoa powder to either the ricotta or the yogurt so that I get chocolate flavour.
I really like the high protein part of this lunch - I end up fully satiated (and with my sweet craving satisfied).
Another pretty good option is to make a whole wheat or buckwheat crepe, and use the ricotta / fruit / yogurt as fillings and toppings. It gives you more carbs and less protein, but about the same calorie hit.
For me, I find that either of these options give me enough "volume" (as well as nutrients) that I sometimes am actually too "full" to finish it...
I like to eat the quaker 90 calories bars because they do have wholegrain and also special k has a snack bite that is 70 calories and it comes in about 2 flavors. Also there is Fiber one 90 calorie bars.
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I get cravings like that (cake) only when I have eaten refined carbs (white bread, pasta and the like). Did you eat something like that today?
Anyway, some people get relief from eating fruit - the sweetness can satisfy them. Try it. Unfortunately, that never works for me :( The only thing that works for me is having a secret - and small!!! - stash of dark chocolate.
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this probably won't help right at this minute, but could banana bread hit the spot? if you wait until your bananas are literally falling out of their blackened skin they are a little sweeter and you can use applesauce as well to offset the sugar called for. some other sort of fruit bread could work as well. i just saw a recipe for spiced apple muffins and i made hummingbird muffins the other day and they were quite sweet. just start with a recipe that uses a lot of fruit to start with and then scale back on the added sugar so that it's a bit better for you. alternately you could do a little bit of sponge or pound cake with a lot of fruit on top.
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