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How to Crush Cravings: 5 Snacks That Address Them All

how to crush cravings

Whether you’re having a hard day at work, or you simply have a sweet tooth, it is very easy to choose the wrong snack to satisfy your cravings. If you’re one of the people who eat while they’re stressed, you might be making the wrong call under pressure.

You’ll be less likely to overeat if you approach each craving one at a time, whether salty or sweet. This is primarily because we tend to overeat when tasting different flavors together. For example, processed foods which have a strong combination of sweet and salty will lead our brain to binge eat, even though this is far from what our body needs.

Don’t worry, though, there is a solution. Pay attention to the snacks you buy (shoot for 100-200 calories and 15-30 grams of carbs), and focus on healthy interval eating

Here are 5 snacks that will get the job done:  

Sweet: Dark Chocolate

It may be hard to believe, but dark chocolate is your best option if you’re longing for something sweet. Dark chocolate contains flavanols, used to decrease blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.

Dark chocolate is also known to be a powerful source of antioxidants and contain organic compounds such as polyphenols. Cocoa helps too, boosting your immune system and fighting off potential diseases.

Salty: Roasted Edamame

These green gems are packed with nutrients that increase your energy throughout the day. Not only is edamame a great complex carbohydrate, but it is filled with amino acids, fiber, and protein. Edamame is also highly rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, calcium, and iron. These increases your resilience and overall immune system.

Chewy: Raisins

Although it is tempting to opt for soft chocolate chip cookies, replacing them with raisins will make you feel a lot more fulfilled, and proud.

Known to be high in fiber and iron, raisins will give you the satisfaction of filling your craving, and the proper nutrients your body needs.

Crunchy: Roasted Chickpeas

When you’re craving something to crunch on during your break, you should know that chick peas are often delicious as a snack on their own (even when they’re not blended in dip). Snacking on roasted chickpeas will help you get your daily intake of protein and fiber, and of course fulfill that need for some crunching.

Creamy: Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a great health conscious snack. You get bonus points for adding them to a small cup of coconut and almond milk. After whisking together, let it sit for thirty minutes, refrigerate, and enjoy.

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are a great source of protein. They’re not only rich with nutrients, but they are also cost-effective and will save your pockets some money.

It’s important to get the ideal amount of vitamins and nutrients when snacking. After all, we are what we eat and who doesn’t want to be healthy?

If you are ever in doubt of your wellness, or simply feel like you need a checkup, GMP Medical is here to help! Contact us at today at: (305) 440-1422 .

November 15, 2017 7:50 am
Categories: Diet