Trick AND Treat Those Taste Buds!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!!!!

I am not a big candy person, but this time of year I could seriously nosh on some nerds, Reese’s peanut butter cups and tiny candy bars to an unhealthy degree.  The only holiday that is more candy tempting is Easter…blasted Reese’s Eggs.

I am not eating much more than veggies and protein supplements right now so, I don’t have any good healthy versions of sweets for you, but I have discovered how to trick and treat my taste buds!

Something I have learned on this journey is that I often crave a flavor combination, not necessarily the actual food the taste is associated with.  For example, my pizza craving is not so much about the crust or even the cheese.  Think about it.  What are the primary sources of flavor with pizza…the sauce and the toppings.  So, when I discovered cauliflower crust pizza, I had my craving quenched.  I barely use cheese because what I really crave is the taste of  is the toppings and sauce.

My 5 month journey thus far has been an experiment in flavors.  I consistently try to find healthy alternatives to give me the fix on the tastes that I am craving.  I typically crave savory not sweet.  One of my most consistent annoying cravings is for hamburgers.  Some days I linger over fantasies of big juicy greasy  burgers and all the goodness packed on it.  I have been eating BOCA and Morning Star Patties from the get go.  These are great and with the standard burger veggies on top and no bun it usually does the trick.  However, I find it really annoying to have to cut it up and eat it with a fork.  The veggies go all over the place and it is just a cluster mess of a meal.  Sunday though, I had an epiphany.  If I have to cut it up to eat it, why not cut it all up ahead of time and toss it in a bowl?  That is exactly what I did and let me tell you it was something taste buds write home about!  The burger bowl was born!

I truly believe the success that I have had thus far is due to the choices I have made.  Is this burger bowl the same as double cheese burger with everything from Wendy’s…no freaking way, but does it give me some of the similar flavors that I can live with to further my progress…absolutely.  I don’t feel as deprived when I get creative and try to give my taste buds a little treat by tricking them a bit.  At the end of the day, I don’t go to bed dreaming of gooey cheese and grease nor do I go to bed agonizing about indulging in an 800 calorie whim all to appease my taste buds.

I challenge you all to get creative the next time you find yourself pining away for food that is off limits.  Ask yourself what flavors are you really craving.  I am sure there is a way to concoct a healthy alternative that will get rid of your craving.

It is a give and take.  It is okay to give yourself something to eat that is enjoyable, but you need to do so without sacrificing your health.  Will I one day eat the big greasy burger of my dreams?  I am sure I will.  Until that day, I will continue to be a mad scientist in the kitchen for the sake of my shrinking waistline!

Do you have any healthy tricks and recipes to share?  Share your links in the comments.  I love to try new recipes!

Also, if you have a great low carb/no carb recipe or tips, be sure to link up with Sam at Losing My Weight Gaining My Life.

Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

6 Responses to “Trick AND Treat Those Taste Buds!”

  1. healthysteeltown October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Reblogged this on Healthy Living Pittsburgh.

  2. ptchick October 31, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I’ve got the best one! Get some low fat yoghurt, frozen or fresh berries and protein powder. Mix it all together thoroughly, put it in the freezer for 30min-1h and stir half way through. Enjoy as ice cream 🙂 you can alternatively make it with banana and chocolate protein powder. God job btw chick, you’re doing well 🙂

    • fatchicktofitchick October 31, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thanks so much! That sounds delicious! I rarely drink soda…as in a couple cans a month… maybe. But, when I am really craving something like ice cream, i take 8 ounces of diet root beer and mix vanilla protein powder with it and blend it with ice. Tastes just like a root beer float and is amazing!

  3. Mom November 1, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    I like Garden Burgers spicy pizza flavor topped with salsa and fork eaten – no bun for me, either, it’s just an edible food holder. Last night (Halloween) I blew it on Reese cups. They are the antichrist. I plan to write a list of snacks that are good for me and put it on the fridge so that I can see it when I get hungry. Opening that door is not an option without a plan.

    • fatchicktofitchick November 1, 2012 at 7:53 am #

      That is a great idea about the safe list on the fridge door! Your pizza burger sounds delicious!!!

  4. Silly Girl's Momma February 9, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

    I know this is an old post, but it was exactly what I needed. I had a heck of an indulgence…binge day…for me. Your quotes are going on my fridge and mirror. Spending my night feeling bad about what I ate is not what I want to do anymore! Thanks for the great recipes as well.

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