Sugar cravings are normal for people who enjoy desserts and sweets. Here are 10 Foods that can fight sugar cravings and help you lead a fit and healthy lifestyle.
I have been trying to stay off sugar lately. It’s Hard. It’s darn hard for a dessert lover like me. Science says women are likely to have more sugar cravings than men! There are times when you feel a strong urge to eat something sweet and you end up eating cookies, chocolates, cakes, sweets, treats and if not anything sugar candies! Which of course means more calories and weight gain!
While it’s best to stay off sugar or rather the excess sugar that we are so used to in modern times (read colas, junk foods etc.) you can always find alternatives that will satisfy these sugar cravings without actually consuming sugar-laden products!
10 Foods That Can Fight Sugar Cravings
Swapping sugar-laden junk foods – like donuts, brownies, chocolates with any healthier alternative is perhaps the best idea. Fruits are naturally sweet but they also contain antioxidants and fibers which are beneficial for your body. Berries, bananas, grapes mangoes have natural fructose but also are good for your skin hair and health.
Yogurts are rich in protein and calcium. They are a good snack option – specially Greek Yogurt that will keep you full longer. Try the Strawberry Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl for a healthy breakfast or an evening snack.
Dates are naturally sweet and highly nutritious. They are also a great source of iron and fiber. Dates can also be used as sugar substitutes in baking – did you know that? You can get your sweet- fix from a couple of dates and they are definitely better than sugar! Pick up a bunch of dates when you get your next sugar cravings.
Chia seeds are very popular now. They are a good source of omega3 fatty acids and soluble dietary fibre. They are so versatile you can add them to your smoothies, desserts and yet get a lot of health benefits. The soluble fiber in chia seeds absorbs water and swells up to form a jelly-like substance in the gut. It keeps you fuller longer and curb sugar cravings.
Sweet potatoes are not just carbs but also rich in fiber, minerals, potassium and vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C. Add sweet potatoes in your meals to satisfy that sweet craving. The Carrot & Sweet Potato Soup is hearty and rustic and gives you enough nutrients.
Smoothies are a good breakfast or snack option when you are in a hurry. You can add your favourite fruits and yogurt to make your power smoothie. Fruits have natural sugars which satisfy your sugar cravings. Fruits combined with thick yogurts in return provides beneficial nutrients.
Add whole grains and seeds in smoothies like oatmeal, chia seeds to make the smoothies healthier.
Prunes or dried plums are sweet and full of iron. Snack on prunes when you have sugar cravings. Prunes have naturally occurring sugar alcohol sorbitol which is absorbed by the gut slowly.
There’s nothing more important than fresh vegetables in your diet. Having vegetables regularly improves your metabolism and lowers health risks. While vegetables directly can’t reduce an immediate sugar craving, but regular vegetables in your diet will satisfy your hunger and keep you full longer. Make a Vegetable Stew with Lentils or have a Roasted Vegetable Salad for lunch to keep yourself fuller for long.
Whole grains like quinoa, oatmeal, rye are great for your gut and general health. They keep you full for a longer period and curb hunger pangs and sugar cravings. Oatmeal is so versatile – you can enjoy them in various things like the Oats Omelette, Wholewheat and Oatmeal Cookies, Oats and Banana sugarless, butterless cookies and many more.
Sugar-free chewing gums
Chewing gums made with artificial sweeteners gives you the taste of sweetness minus calories.
Next time you are trying to resist your sugar cravings, try one of these foods and see how you can avoid sugar and substitute it with something healthy. Dates, prunes, smoothies, whole grains are my choices to deal with sugar cravings.