5 Top Tips To Curb Food Cravings in 2020
Cravings can be our bodies’ way of signaling that we are not getting enough of certain nutrients. Consistently eating a well-balanced diet can help keep cravings at bay, however, sometimes cravings can simply be the result of seeking the pleasure of certain sensory tastes, which also carries a place in a healthy, balanced diet. Here are our 5 Top Tips To Curb Food Cravings in 2020;
To help satisfy these cravings and avoid empty calories, here are 5 healthy swaps to try.
Swap potato chips for roasted legumes
Potato chips provide a quick savoury hit, however, they are often laden with excessive fat, salt and calories. For a lighter alternative, try lightly salted popcorn, or a small handful (30g) of nuts, which provide a dose of healthy fats, Vitamin E and magnesium. Meanwhile, roasted legumes such as chickpeas provide the added benefits of dietary fibre and iron. (1) You can try making your own by slow-roasting your favourite legumes then tossing them in spices such as chilli, paprika, or turmeric.
Swap lollies for blueberries
Lollies such as jellybeans give an instant energy hit, however, their high glycaemic index can have you feeling low in energy within a couple of hours. For a naturally sweet alternative, try some of nature’s lollies! Sweet and juicy strawberries, raspberries and blueberries provide natural sweetness while providing the benefits of Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. (1) You’ll satisfy your sweet craving while giving your health a boost too.
Swap chocolate for a satisfyingly healthy chocolate mousse
Chocolate rates among the most popular cravings. If you are craving chocolate, try a few squares of dark (at least 85% cocoa) chocolate which can be more satisfying, and unlike milk or white chocolate is less likely to have you consuming the entire block! Other ways of enjoying a chocolatey hit, is to whip up a high protein chocolate mousse by blitzing avocado with a scoop of protein powder, cocoa, and stevia.
Swap takeaway pizza for loaded pita bread
Although pizza contains a few different food groups, commercially made versions are typically high in salt, fat, and calories. For a healthy homemade alternative, load up pita bread with roasted veggies, lean protein such as chicken, and a sprinkle of cheese. Choose a wholegrain pita bread for the benefits of dietary fibre, or try one with nutritious ingredients such as chickpeas, seeds or quinoa.
Craving a summer treat like ice-cream
Refreshing, creamy and sweet! There is no harm enjoying a scoop of your favourite flavour on occasion, however, if you’re after a regular sweet treat, try whizzing up a homemade frappe. Simply blitz a few ice cubes along with your favourite fruit and a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Try berries, banana or refreshing mango!
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