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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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Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites (121 calories, 4g fat)

Traditional cheesecake is rich and delicious, and this low-fat version is no exception! Plus, it is petite and ready to eat in no time.

Meatloaf Muffins (107 calories, 3g fat)

Enjoy the portion control and portability of this classic comfort food! The fact that it tastes great doesn't hurt either!

Berry Sweet Smoothie (253 calories, 0.5g fat)

This simple smoothie is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Try it for breakfast or an afternoon snack.


Nutty Granola Bars (220 calories, 5g fat)

This homemade alternative to store-bought granola bars is a good source of protein, fiber, healthy fats and all-natural sweeteners.
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Member Comments

  • I also agree. Not every article on SparkPeople is for everyone. I find this one very useful. I do make time for such great recipes. It's all about priorities. - 2/23/2016 12:29:16 PM
  • Dear Tublady
    I agree with you a 100%. I was glad to see the recipes,how helpful was that. There are some of us that need these substitutes, and I am grateful to see these.
    rldn05 - 1/9/2015 2:38:19 PM
  • You can't please all the people. Some of the comments here says that.
    Having lost an whole person, and having cravings, some of these choices are better than pigging out on a whole pan of brownies or cake.
    Many of us struggle with portion control. having a whole anything in the house is to tempting .
    I do try to limit fake foods. I would rather have a small, or two bites of something real than no fat, fake sugar, food. But thats not possible for many, so to make a one serving to satisfy a craving is good.
    I do believe you can overcome some cravings with doing others things. Take your mind off the craving. But it doesn't always work.
    I can have candy and ice cream in the house and only eat a few bites ever so often. End up tossing ice cream out, it gets old. Others can't do that. But i can't have a whole pizza, So I make little pizzas for one. That way i control the size, and what's on it. Everyone has to find what works for them.
    Don't knock the good intentions this article was trying to do in giving people choices. - 10/10/2014 10:57:12 AM
  • 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
    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

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