Cravings happen even to the healthiest of us. Often, when a craving hits in the afternoon (that’s me!) or post dinner, we get the urge to snack. Snacking can be a bad habit to get into if the snacks we choose are “junk foods”, those high in calories, sugar, salt or fat.
The trick to snacking without piling on the pounds is to find healthy alternatives to the regular snacks you might normally reach for.
We get different types of cravings. If it is for something sweet you may be reaching out for the biscuits, cakes, donuts or chocolate at 4pm. Or if you feel like something savoury and crunchy you want to have potato crisps, salted , Bombay mix or other packaged snacks and just can’t stop eating these. Or you may want something sweet, cold and creamy like ice cream.
Obviously, my examples are foods you shouldn’t eat all the time if you want to be trim and healthy. But that doesn’t mean you have to fight your cravings for the rest of your life. Instead, you just need to substitute and find .
Fresh, whole fruit
Sliced apple or another piece of fruit with a teaspoon of nut butter
Dried fruit and limit these are as they are high in sugar
Banana “ice cream” (peel a banana, freeze and when ready to eat blend it in a food processor with nuts, berries and cacao powder and serve)
Dark chocolate and you can begin with 70% dark chocolate if the stronger ones are too bitter in taste for you
Pickled vegetables, such as carrot, daikon, beets, and lotus root
Hummus or another dip with a few baked tortilla chips and vegetable sticks
Steamed vegetables with tamari or shoyu
Freshly made salsa or guacamole on a cracker
Home-made salted edamame
Natural Greek yogurt with fresh fruit
Dips and spreads with vegetables or crackers, like yogurt dip or baba ganoush
Puddings made with silken tofu, avocado, or mashed banana
Home made desserts that are made with coconut milk or milk
Rice cakes with a dip or nut butter
Home made popcorn (use coconut oil to pop in a covered pan)
Carrots (particularly the sweet, organic baby carrots)
Celery with nut or seed butter
Raw, unsalted nuts like cashews, almonds, and walnuts
Don’t fight your craving. Instead, listen to what your body wants and choose the healthier option that will be good for both your energy levels and to your waistline.
by Sujata Din
is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular for ‘iGlobal’, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.