Everybody gets cravings from time to time. And while junk food is an instant solution, it’s ultimately unhealthy and may leave you hungrier than you were when you started. The key is knowing the smartest ways to scratch the itch.
Read on to learn more.
Many cravings begin from your body’s desire for more protein. Chickpeas are a great source of low-calorie, low-fat, and fibrous protein. Roasted, they make great snacks, and go well with a variety of flavors. If buying in-store, make sure to keep an eye on the salt and fat content.
Trail Mix and Granola
Many snacks contain unrefined carbs that burn quickly and still leave you hungry. Trail mix and granola come in a variety of snacks, from bars to packs, and not only provide fiber, but slow-releasing carbs to keep you satisfied for longer.
Yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, is a good way to satisfy your protein cravings without the calories. Eat it on its own or add whole grains and dried fruits. It’s also a wonderful source of vitamin B and helpful bacteria.
Dried fruit helps satisfy your sweet tooth while providing valuable minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Berries also contain flavonoids which can promote brain health too.
If potatoes can be a chip, then so can other veggies. Many low-calorie vegetable chips are sold in stores, and you can also make them yourself. Just be sure to keep an eye on the salt and fat content when buying them.
Chocolate isn’t all bad, but the additional sugars and dairy most certainly are. In fact, cocoa can be a good source of antioxidants. When snacking on chocolate, the darker the better. You can also include it in yogurts or trail mix to satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it.
Rather than reaching for food, choose a liquid. Fluids can fill you up fast, add to your daily water intake, and keep you hydrated. Just be mindful of the sugar content in your drink, which may have you thirsting for more.