Although I do try to cut out the fat and calories where I can when I'm cooking, I've never really been a fan of these overly modified snack food. If I relent and make something, it doesn't taste like the original and I still end up craving the full fat version. I think a little bit of what you fancy is fine, and will probably satisfy the craving a lot quicker than the slimmed down substitute. Moderation is really the key, and I find it's easier to try and avoid snacking altogether - but if I do have an uncontrollable urge to eat something, just a taste is not going to matter in the long run.
I'm with RBALF1 and AZURE SKY. None of these things have much allure -- I really have no yen to eat junk-style grazing foods, whether in "original" or "modified" versions. I don't really enjoy stuff that even "pretends" to be decadent.
Even if the ingredients are healthier, how's that to help keep a lid on how much we eat of them? Snack foods have this bottomless bowl quality....for me, that would not be too good. I'd rather get my decadence elsewhere than food 8-)
I'm with Azure Sky. None of these foods appeal to me at all. And none of them ever have. Makes me wonder how I managed to put on the pounds without eating all that. Or, to wonder how much worse it would have been if I did like those kinds of food. My downfall is always the chocolate and cookies. And portions.
8/10/2011 3:15:55 PM
I was amazed when I saw the list of foods & their healthier versions. I must be eating better than I thought, because the only food on that list that interested me was the pizza, and I already make my own, including my own fat-free spaghetti sauce.
I've trained my tastebuds to like unsweetened drinks, like plain ice tea, instead of sweet (non-refreshing) things like lemonade. Sweet drinks make me crave more, even if they are artificially sweetened.
I've never liked chicken wings, poppers, or even mozzarella sticks - not fond of fried foods at all.
I love chicken wings!! When I am really craving them I like to have Morning Star Buffalo Wings. I like to think of it as a different food rather than as a substitute. But man it really fixes that craving!
Wow, this is the best SP article ever--you zeroed in on all my favorites! I had already figured out the deviled eggs and pita pizza on my own, but the boneless "wings" and Jalapeno Poppers sound great.
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