November 27, 2018

Sweet, Salty or Savory Food Cravings? Here’s 24 Snacks That Won’t Ruin Your Diet

100-calorie snacks to scratch that food itch

It’s a single thought. I want: potato chips, the crunch & salt. I want: chocolate cake, sliding off the fork. How do you fight these unhealthy food cravings? If you are really craving something sweet, celery won’t cut it.

Advertisement

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

Food cravings can easily wreck a day of healthy eating. To get to the bottom of it, you need to stop and ask yourself some questions, says registered dietitian Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDE.

“Is this hunger, based on your body’s physiological needs? Or is it appetite, which is rooted in emotional and mental desire?” she says.

If you’re not sure, she suggests distracting yourself for 10 or 15 minutes before acting on a craving. “Keeping your hands busy can help,” she says. “Do some crosswords, journal, wash dishes or just pet the dog.” Another delay tactic? Brush your teeth or chew peppermint gum.

Advertisement

Not working? Try our dietitian’s 24 mindful substitutions above to scratch that food itch.

If you have daily or frequent cravings you feel you simply cannot ignore, consider working with a counselor or dietitian to get to the root cause(s).

Related Articles

Flaxseed sprinkled on a salad in a white bowl on a dark wooden table
January 31, 2024
Flaxseed: A Little Seed With Big Health Benefits

Ground flaxseed is full of heart-healthy omega-3s, antioxidants and fiber, and easy to add to just about any recipe

Person eating healthy bowl of noodles with fitness items floating around head
January 17, 2024
How To Shed 10 Pounds — For Good!

Actively choose healthy habits not only when it comes to food and nutrition, but also physical activity and your mental health

close-up of plate with eggs, wheat toast, avocados, hands holding knife and fork
January 9, 2024
Does Reverse Dieting Work?

This strategy doesn’t boost metabolism, but it may help maintain weight loss

Oranges in bowl and tofu meal in bowl
December 7, 2023
Should You Take Iron With Vitamin C?

This pairing has long been thought to help your body better absorb iron

Person eating a frosted pink donut.
November 9, 2023
Cheat Days: The Great Debate

These breaks may have some benefits — but they promote an unhealthy attitude toward food

Person during a consultation with their dietitian.
November 8, 2023
Could You Have a Fructan Intolerance?

A low-FODMAP elimination diet can help identify your symptoms

person with burgers and fries on plates over their lap
October 15, 2023
13 Reasons Why People Overeat

Being bored, not getting enough sleep and waiting too long to eat can all contribute

Healthy meal of salmon, brown rice and broccoli with peas on a white plate.
September 28, 2023
10 Tips for Changing Your Diet After a Stroke

It can be overwhelming, but habit changes help lower your risk of another stroke

Trending Topics

glass of cherry juice with cherries on table
Sleepy Girl Mocktail: What’s in It and Does It Really Make You Sleep Better?

This social media sleep hack with tart cherry juice and magnesium could be worth a try

Exercise and diet over three months is hard to accomplish.
Everything You Need To Know About the 75 Hard Challenge

Following five critical rules daily for 75 days may not be sustainable

Person in foreground standing in front of many presents with person in background holding gift bags.
What Is Love Bombing?

This form of psychological and emotional abuse is often disguised as excessive flattery

Ad