All of us have those days…. The craving days.
I believe everyone has their unique “craving patterns”. For me, I can be quite a habitual person, even when cravings are concerned. I go through a period of time (days or weeks) where I crave for the exact same thing at a particular hour of the day.
There are plenty of researches out there about the meaning behind every craving. I’ve yet to test those out but I did find a way to satisfy my different cravings the healthiest way possible, without compromising on flavours or satisfaction.
I hope my tips will help you to satisfy your cravings, guilt-free without depriving yourself of anything.
#1 Sweet Cravings
I went through a period where I just can’t help but to end my dinners with a lil something sweet. And fruits won’t suffice in this case (besides eating fruits right after meals have always caused me bloatedness). Sure, I could have shrugged it off and practice “mind over matter”, but doing that every night could be a tad bit stressful for me and not to mention restrictive. I’m all for discipline, but deprivation on the other hand………..
I found a happy medium which allows me to indulge, yet not stressing my body with processed sugar. If my craving is just for a day, I’ll say “heck i’ll just waltz into “Rekindle” (a popular cake joint in my area) and enjoy a slice” but I’m not about to do that every day.
I resorted to 2 alternatives;
And, what more it’s nourishing; made with only 3 basic wholesome ingredients: 93% dry roasted hazelnuts, 5% raw honey and 2% unsweetened cocoa.
#2 Cold Cravings
This “cold cravings” streak just ended for me not too long ago. Days where all I wanted to do is to curl up in bed with my Netflix on and a bowl of ice cream in hand. Thankfully, I’m no stranger to homemade ice cream so I got that craving handled pretty easily. This recipe was my go-to for those few weeks. It takes only a few minutes to whip this up.
Chocolate Soft Serve Recipe ⏰ : 10 minutes Ingredients 👇 🌿 2 Frozen Bananas 🌿 5 Tbsp Chocolate Hazelnut Spread @thepantrybyerina Directions 👇 1. Add all ingredients into food processor. Let it whip for a few minutes till you reach a soft serve consistency. 2. Serve it in a cone and enjoy! 😋 #healthyeatingforkids
Recipe: Chocolate-Banana Nice Cream
2 Large Frozen Bananas | 2 Tbsp of Chocolate Hazelnut Spread | Toppings: chopped nuts
Add all ingredients into food processor and blitz till it’s smooth.
#3 Crispy Cravings
Who doesn’t love a good bag of crisps? I know I do. My all-time fave has got to be Kettle’s Jalapeno Chips. Just like everything, moderation is key. No way can I be bagging one pack of those everyday. But, kale chips on the other hand……….
This became my favourite movie snack for a period of time… 😁
Recipe for Kale Chips
A bunch of kale | Drizzle of Olive Oil | Dash of pink Himalayan salt & cayenne pepper
- Pre-heat oven at 180C
- Massage oil into kale
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle salt and cayenne pepper before serving.
#4 Late Night Cravings
As much as we want to satisfy our cravings instead of ignoring it, there are times where we can exercise control and discipline as well. And, I’ve got just the tip for you to help ease your cravings. Hot tea. Ginger Tea in particular. It’s my ultimate favourite and it always works like a charm.
Recipe for Ginger Tea
1 tea bag | Thumb size Ginger | Hot Water
- Grate ginger and strain.
- Add ginger juice in a cup of hot tea.
- Sip and enjoy!
There you go guys, the 4 different ways I typically use to manage my cravings. The key is not to feel guilty for satisfying your cravings, but at the same time practice moderation. Find alternatives that would work for you, and these alternatives need not be “second best” or the consolation prize. Eating healthy is not boring, bland or difficult. You just gotta find what works for you. I hope some of these recipes and ideas have inspired you to eat well and stress less about your cravings.
As always, remember to show some love today, encourage someone with a compliment, lend a ear to a friend who needs it, give a smile (it goes a long way) and share good vibes.✌️