You know that feeling when a craving comes on. The heavy hunger, the insatiable need for a grilled cheese/bowl of pasta/bag of chips/tub of ice cream. Some of our worst craving moments come just after we've finished a workout or right when we're about to head to bed. These moments can have us wanting to throw in the towel and dive right in. But don't give up, cravings are not impossible to resist! You can fight through these cravings and rework your brain to want good-for-you foods. It doesn't take that much time or effort and suddenly you're reaching for carrot sticks over cookies. Check out these essential snack hacks for when you're feeling on the verge of a junk food binge.
When your sweet tooth is begging for chocolate ice cream:It's after dinner and your body knows that's the time when you usually get a little insulin spike in the form of chocolate ice cream (or whatever your dessert vice may be). It's time to forget about the liver damage, blood sugar ups and downs, and tooth decay that sweet things can cause. Leave the ice cream in the freeze and grab one of these options!
- A banana with organic nut butter (almond or peanut butter)
- Berries in plain yogurt with honey and granola
- Organic dark chocolate squares
- A smoothie with bananas, cocoa powder and berries
When you crave a good crunch:Sometimes we like the texture of a food more than its actual flavour. When you're in need of a crunch, you usually reach for chips and crackers. But try out these naturally crunchy bites instead!
- Unsalted almonds
- Carrots and celery with a hummus dip
- A crisp apple with nut butter
When your stomach is growling and you need something quick:You're too busy to cook a big meal, so you're scoping out the fridge for something to grab. Don't reach for last night's pizza, try one of these amazingly fast options.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Protein smoothie
- A tofu omelet with spinach and red peppers
- Chickpea salad
When you're struggling to wake up or need energy for your big workout:Just dragging yourself around and need a pick-me-up? Forget coffee or something sugar-filled. Go for one of these delicious snacks.
- A handful of walnuts
- Green kale smoothie
- Dry roasted edamame
- Whole grain cereal
- Greek yogurt and berry smoothie
When it's midnight and you need something before bed:Late night snack sessions can be the true downfall of a good diet and exercise routine. This behaviour can throw off your metabolism and land you in a dreaded weight loss plateau. Try curbing this habit with these awesome late night snacks!
- Camomile tea and raw honey
- Blueberries in greek yogurt
- Baked kale chips
- A few strawberries dipped in vegan chocolate mousse
When you're so busy there is no time for a meal:We've all been there. Strapped for time in the morning and rushing out the door on an empty stomach. Again, this is detrimental to maintaining a healthy regimen so try these snack ideas when you're in a rush.
- Protein shake
- Unsalted almonds
- Fresh fruit such as a banana
- Carrots and hummus