We all get cravings from time to time, which can threaten to derail our healthy eating habits. In this post, Sarah Grace from Fresh Fit N Healthy provides advice on how to handle cravings.
Allow Yourself to Indulge
Sarah used to struggle with cravings, especially at night. She suggests allowing yourself to indulge in appropriate portions, while eating healthy 80% of the time. Sarah also cautions against putting foods on a do not eat list, as she feels restricting yourself only increases the craving, which can lead to overindulging. When indulging your cravings, ensure that you are using portion control, such as measuring out a serving of chips instead of eating directly out of the bag. It’s also a good idea to choose options that contain fiber or protein, to help keep you feeling satisfied.
Satisfying Sweet Cravings
Sarah has a weakness for chocolate, but she points out that it’s fine to indulge in a little dark chocolate daily (she pops dark chocolate chips in the freezer, and takes a few out for a treat!) . Dark chocolate has benefits including improved heart health, decreased risk of diabetes and has mood-boosting properties. In fact, consumption of dark chocolate has also been shown to decrease cravings. If you’re craving baked goods, try Sarah’s Single Lady Chocolate Cake, which can be made in under 5 minutes, or her Raw Mocha Coconut Brownie Tarts.
At night, Sarah likes to choose options that have protein. Protein consists of amino acids which help your body repair itself, making protein a good nighttime option. There is also some evidence that eating protein at night helps to keep your metabolism high. Try her Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake or No Bake Chocolate Protein Bars.
If you’re craving chocolate but not really hungry, Sarah suggests heating up almond milk and mixing in chocolate greens powder. She says it tastes just like hot chocolate, but you still get the nutrients of the greens.
Satisfying Salty Cravings
Sarah’s go-to for satisfying salty cravings is a fat-free, single-serving bag of popcorn. She also enjoys toasting a wrap topped with a little olive oil and salt. Pistachios are another great option – they’re full of antioxidants and are one of the lowest calorie nuts – there are 160 calories in 49 pistachios.
Swap it Out
If you have a favorite recipe but want to make it a little healthier, there are some simple swaps you can make. Sarah suggests using heart-healthy avocado as a substitute for fats such as butter and mayonnaise. If you’re baking with oil, apple sauce makes a great low calorie and low fat substitute. Check out Sarah’s blog for more healthy swaps, such as this pudding recipe that uses tofu as a base!