Good Morning and Happy March!
Today, I am going to talk about healthy snack ideas to tame those cravings for unhealthy things.
It happens to even the healthiest of us- cravings! Often when a craving hits, during the afternoon slump or in the evening after dinner, we get the urge to snack. Snacking can be a slippery slope because the snacks we tend to choose are often junky, high in calories, sugar or fats. The trick to snacking without piling on the pounds is to find healthy alternatives to the regular snacks you might normally reach for.
Usually when we get a craving it is for either something sweet (chocolate!), savory (potato chips!), creamy (ice cream!) or crunchy (crisps!). Obviously my example are foods you shouldn’t eat all the time if you want to be strong and healthy. But that doesn’t mean you have to fight your cravings for the rest of your life. Instead, you just need to find some healthy substitutes that you actually enjoy!
I am ALL about bringing JOY back into your life and food should not be a cause of so much stress.
Next time you get a craving for something sweet, why not try:
- fresh, whole fruit (no-brainer)
- apples and almond butter sprinkled with cinnamon
- dried fruit + nuts (my favorite it is 1/4 cup goji berries + 1/4 cup of raw almonds)
- green smoothies (they cure lots of cravings)
- banana “ice cream” (peel a banana, freeze, blend in a food processor with nuts, berries or raisins and serve) This is a family favorite.
- dates stuffed with almond butter or other nut butter (dates are nature’s candy)
- organic dark chocolate chips or carob chips (stick to a tablespoon of two- so yummy!)
For your savory cravings, try these healthy alternatives:
- pickles and pickled vegetables, such as carrot, daikon, beets and kimchi
- tabouli, hummus
- steamed vegetables with tamari/shoyu or umeboshi vinegar
- freshly made salsa or guacamole served with rice crackers
- Sauerkraut: it will also knock your sweet craving right out!
- salted edamame
Your creamy cravings can be met by eating:
- dips and spreads, like hummus and baba ghanoush served with crudité
- puréed soups
- puddings made with silken tofu, avocado or mashed banana
- mashed sweet potatoes
- coconut milk
Finally, don‘t cave and reach for the Pringles, when you can eat these crunchy (but still healthy) snacks:
- frozen grapes
- kale chips
- homemade sweet potato chips
- homemade beet chips
- plain popcorn: use coconut oil to pop in a covered pan
- carrots: particularly the super-sweet, organic baby carrots
- celery and nut butter
- raw (unsalted) nuts like cashews, almonds and walnuts
Don’t fight your craving…instead, listen to what it is your body wants specifically and choose the healthier option that will be good for your health and waistline.
Next time your cravings roar up, first have a glass or warm lemon water (you may just be thirsty), and then try one of these healthier alternatives.
Have a happy and healthy week ahead.