Fight Unhealthy Cravings With These Foods!
By Stepy Kamei
It would be so much easier to eat healthy and avoid junk foods if they didn't taste so good. Unfortunately, the brain is hard-wired to crave foods which are heavy in salt, fat, and sugar content. These kinds of snacks and meals definitely taste delicious, but they almost never offer any sort of helpful nutritional content for our bodies. It doesn't help that, when we attempt to cut out these foods in favor of much healthier alternatives, our bodies often rebel and send out strong craving signals for unhealthy foods. When this inevitably happens, it can be helpful to be prepared with some snacks and meals which will fight these cravings in a healthier way!
If you're absolutely craving something sugary and sweet, you may be tempted to reach for candy or cookies. Instead, cross those items off your grocery shopping list, and replace them with fresh fruit. Eating a small bowl of fresh watermelon, berries, and grapes is a great way to eat something that's naturally sweet, and will provide your body with many vital nutrients and vitamins as well. You may want to try adding fresh fruit slices to a bowl of Greek yogurt and drizzle the whole concoction with honey for an added indulgence that's loaded with nutrition.
Sometimes, we turn to eating unhealthy snack foods simply because we're bored or feeling fidgety. In these cases, keeping ourselves occupied by fixing a hot cup of tea may be enough to actually stop the cravings in their tracks. Green tea in particular is a great choice, as it provides a mellow boost of caffeine, has a rich umami flavor, and contains antioxidants for better skin health.
Craving something salty? Turn to olives instead of potato chips to get that fix. Olives are all-natural, and an extremely healthy snack. They're a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which is revered by nutritional experts as one of the healthiest diets throughout the entire world.
Trail Mix (Make Sure it's Healthy)
Finally, making your own batch of trail mix is a great way to snack on something healthy -- just be sure to use the right ingredients! Avoid the empty calories found in pretzels and candy bits. Instead, use salted nuts such as almonds and cashews for protein, with small pieces of dark chocolate for a taste of something sweet.
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