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Outsmart Your Cravings with These Smarter Temptations

14 Recipes So Rich, You'll Swear They're Sinful!

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Cravings. We all get them, even the most disciplined of us. But when you're trying to lose weight or eat better, cravings for sweets, treats, or rich foods can become your downfall—if you let them. Instead of depriving yourself of fun foods that are less than nutritious, practice moderation. Eat wholesome, nutritious foods 80% of the time, but allow yourself to enjoy the not-so-healthy stuff occasionally. In fact, by giving in to your cravings the smart way, you'll remain in control stay on the path to a healthier lifestyle!

Next time a craving hits, try one of these smarter temptations to satisfy your cravings for fewer calories!

5-Minute Chocolate Cake for Two (198 calories, 0.5g fat)

When you just want a little chocolate, don't make an entire cake. This speedy version, baked in a mug or small ramekin, will tame your chocolate cravings in minutes!

Baked Mac & Cheese (166 calories, 5g fat)

This rich macaroni and cheese explodes with all the flavor--but a fraction of the fat--of traditional recipes.



 
110-Calorie Banana Bread (110 calories, 2g fat)

Quick breads can be heavy and high in fat. Not this one! More satisfying than any 100-calorie pack, this homemade bread makes a sweet afternoon treat.

Frozen Yogurt with Warm Banana Syrup (145 calories, 2g fat)

Honey and a mashed banana naturally sweeten this frozen yogurt treat! Serve in a decorative dish and eat slowly to savor the flavor.




Skinny Cheese Enchiladas (200 calories, 3g fat)

With all the cheesy goodness without all the fat, these enchiladas are ready in a flash, too!


Dark Chocolate Muffins (217 calories, 7g fat)

So sweet and chocolaty, these moist muffins are a smart way to quell your chocolate cravings!

Personal Pita Pizza (229 calories, 4.5g fat)

Looking for an alternative to high-fat pizza? This recipe, chock full of veggies and cheese, is sure to please!

50-Calorie Coconut Meringues (51 calories, 2g fat)

If creamy is your texture of choice, try these melt-in-your-mouth meringue cookies to transport taste buds to the tropics!

100-Calorie Cinnamon Pancakes (93 calories, 0.5g fat)

Cinnamon adds sweetness but not calories to these whole-wheat pancakes. This might become your favorite breakfast!


Mocha Fudge Brownies (126 calories, 5g fat)

Adding instant coffee to this brownie batter intensifies its chocolate flavor. Nix your coffee and chocolate fix in an instant!
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  • Really? An article on how to fight cravings that has nothing but recipes? Don't you think this title is a bit misleading? I'm sure there are some great recipes, here, but how about some practical tips and suggestions on beating the craving and handling it when you don't have time to whip something up? - 5/23/2014 8:12:44 AM
  • disappointed in this article...the first recipe i looked at was the mac and cheese, for which most of the reviewers said that the nutritional info was not correct. I would think that you would check each of these recipes, including the reviews, before you post them as suggestions/endor
    sements.... - 5/22/2014 10:10:45 AM
  • I looked at a few of the recipes, and all I saw was fat-free this and reduced-fat that and artificial sweeteners. I think it's healthier to eat real food and watch my portions. - 8/28/2013 10:54:43 PM
  • Great article. I needed this. I saved it for the craving time. - 8/14/2013 3:57:22 PM
  • where is the recipe for that luscious slice of chocolate cake that appears at head of the article????

    I don't see a recipe that corresponds to the photo. - 5/25/2013 11:28:29 PM
  • AMANDA_YVONNE
    I don't think fat is the enemy. How many carbs are in these recipes? - 4/4/2013 12:13:58 PM
  • RSH654
    Great article..Thank you!!! - 12/9/2012 8:51:12 PM
  • They look really good. Will definitely be trying some of these! Thanx - 12/9/2012 12:51:30 PM
  • They all sound yummilicious. - 4/23/2011 3:20:21 PM
  • Thank you ... I love these recipes ... great help! - 6/5/2010 7:55:23 PM
  • Thank you so much for the great ideas. I've saved several recipes to try out. I loved the mini meatloaf treats....I miss eating beef almost as much as sweets. My problem is portion control and I found this article very helpful. I love recipes that can be made ahead of time and frozen, especially when it's easy to package in mealsize portions. - 5/6/2010 2:56:35 PM
  • What do you have for someone who crave carbs??? - 5/5/2010 12:32:25 PM
  • I'm sorry I read this and even sorrier I clicked on the 5 minute chocolate cake recipe. If I start with that I'm afraid I might not stop. This article looks like a potential "binge trigger" for me. Must be that TOM again..... - 4/30/2010 11:10:28 AM
  • I am looking forward to making some of this as I am struggling with sweets. I recently quit smoking too and feel that my sweet tooth has emerged. - 3/27/2010 1:25:34 PM
  • ALEXA728
    the treats are really good, but as with everything its portion control, especially the mac n cheese, although you can find even lighter versions on the web but this one is good for special occassions. - 3/27/2010 10:17:43 AM

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