If you completely deny yourself, you could end up backsliding and it will only torture you. Go ahead and have half of a small slice. Savor each bite, eat it very slowly, and then put it away. Once your brain registers the flavor, you can go about your normal business.
If there is one thing I have learned from watching my mom yo-yo diet for years, it is that completely cold-turkey cutting out certain food groups (unless it is necessary for medical reasons of course) just doesn’t end well. Practice moderation and self control rather than self-punishment and you will get better results.
When I crave something I have to eat it, just a little bit though. Like if I craved chocolate I would get a bit of chocolate, something healthy and some water/green Tea. Balancing it out with healthier things makes you feel a bit better and fills you up so you are less likely to go back for more of the bad stuff 🙂
I am here for the rescue!!! I saw this recipe yesterday (I love Ashley Horner) and I have some bananas I’m waiting to use (UGH RIPEN FASTER!!!). I’ve never tried this recipe, so I can’t speak for how it tastes, but it’s definitely a better option! Minus the chocolate chips of course. I would cut out the nuts for myself as well just because they can be super high in calories and fat. If you must have them, I would recommend using a small amount and chopping them up so you still get the flavor. If you decide to try it, let me know how it is!!
I wouldn’t recommend buying a muffin and throwing half out and eating the other half. Muffins can be super loaded with calories, so even half may not be worth it. Unless you get the weight watcher ones. I think they have less than 200 calories.
I’ll add a suggestion that others have not already said. If you have not already heard of it, you should think about looking into Coconut flour. (I use bobs red mill brand). This stuff is amazing!! To replace any white flour in the recipe, and you can find a lot of modified recipes online to help you(don’t replace one to one…you use a LOT less). Why coconut flour? Well, for one, it is freaking loaded with fiber…so you CAN’T over eat. You will be stuffed after a little. Plus there are all kind of health benefits. And lastly baked goods do not come out tasting like coconut, so you don’t have to worry about that.
I also wanted to comment about others who were saying you can’t deny yourself. Or they said have a little. Well, some people, I’m one of them, can NOT do that. For me it has to be all or nothing. I have never been a moderation girl. If I eat one cookie, it turns into a week long junk food binge before I can control myself again. So, for me, it is best to not indulge. I have so far lost 40 pounds this way so it works for me.
Why did I tell you that? Well, you have to find which way works for you. Some people are ok with just eating a little…. some have to abstain. Don’t let others tell you what you should do…find out what you CAN do!
We made banana bread twice a few weeks ago. The first version used butter, and the second used apple sauce. The butter version obviously tasted better, but the apple sauce version was perfectly tasty and also used less sugar than the butter version. It’s not that terrible for you if you cut out the two worst ingredients!
I realize your craving is (hopefully!) over, but I wanted to add another healthy suggestion that isn’t banana bread but might satisfy your sweet/junk food craving. Take a piece of whole wheat bread and make a sandwich with banana slices and a little peanut butter. It’s quite filling and will still give you that banana taste.
Try this recipe!!! I love banana bread too, and this curbs my craving! It tastes just like regular banana bread! I eat it every morning! 🙂 I had to make double this week because my non-clean-eating husband keeps stealing them lol!!