Healthy Alternatives that Banish Your Cravings

Enjoy this selection of delicious, healthy alternatives that will satisfy your cravings for any given moment, from watching a film to post workout. 


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Movie Nights


In my house, if you have a movie night or head to the cinema, popcorn is a necessity. Unfortunately, 100gm of microwave or movie popcorn contains around (approximately) 450 calories. To put it in perspective 100mg is a little larger than the average small serving of popcorn at the cinema.

Luckily, there are some other options that are kinder to the body. Some Body Popcorn  from Superdrug is dairy, vegan and gluten-free and is made with natural, wholegrain butterfly corn. It comes in two different flavours – Sea Salt and Sweet & Salty.

The popcorn is yummy, has a great texture and really does hit the spot. It comes in a decent-sized one person snack portion.


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healthy alternatives


Some Body Popcorn, £0.79 



Post Workout Recovery Snack


Shaken Udder milkshakes are made from British milk and are both low-fat and low-calorie. There are 5 different flavours: Chocolush, Vanillalicious, Top Banana, Strawberries & Clotted Cream and Salted Caramel.

They contain no artificial additives or preservatives. Drinking them post-workout can help aid muscle recovery and additionally help boost your immune system due to the vitamin B12.

I have never been a fan of milkshakes and only drink milk in my tea. This has now changed however. The Shaken Udder milkshakes are delicious and I am a fan of the bold flavour names.

Like milk they do need to be kept and stored in the fridge as soon as possible after purchase.

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 Shaken Udder Milkshakes, RRP £1.49




Sweet cravings on the go


Alongside trying their popcorn, I sampled Some Body Protein Bars in Cocoa & Orange and Cocoa & Salted Fudge. They are  full of protein, low in calories and are handy to keep in your handbag. Both flavours are 100% natural and gluten and soya free.

Although both appetising, I prefered the Cocoa & Salted Fudge.


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healthy alternatives


Natural Bar, £1.49 (each) Some Body at



Chocolate cravings


Hazel Nutter Grenade Carb Killa Protein Spread is low-calorie, low-sugar, high-protein (20%) and scrumptious. It has little nut bits throughout so it’s perfect for a crunchy-spread lover. 

It’s often used by sports enthusiasts to help give them a healthy protein and energy-kick, to keep them going. There are some great recipes and ideas on the  Grenade Website.

They are made with whey protein and contain 87% less sugar than other leading brands.


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Carb Killa Protein Spread, £6.99 Grenade

Post Author: Laura Rigden

Laura Rigden
Wellbeing Consultant / Founder of It's a Playground (BSc Neuroscience, Anatomy & Human Biology, Graduate Dip Psych) | I'm an Aussie born creative kook with an intense passion for all that is science and wellbeing. Science really is super sexy and I want to help spread it's power. Since moving to London, I've been working on a business that will hopefully help me do that (It's a Playground - launching early 2018). We should be working on our mental health like we do our physical! It may not directly help us fit into our skinny jeans, but our glow and confidence will be a billion times more attractive (I promise). Workout your mind and body and challenge yourself to be the best you can be...I dare you. | Instagram: @itsaplayground | Website: | Email: | Facebook: @mindstrengthandconditioning

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