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Food Craving Alternatives

Welcome back friends! Cat here

As we approach warmer days, I wanted to talk about how to beat those cravings to keep on top of your health for those ‘summer body goals’.

Maybe it’s just me, but I find it way easier to eat healthy during the warmer months! Mostly because the produce is so fresh and much easier to prepare. Plus, there’s always Christmas Day to look forward to for a splurge! Amirite?

So, without further ado, here are some craving alternatives!

SALTY

Salty cravings can arise in times of high stress or when your body is low in electrolytes.

Opt for a big glass of coconut water – natures natural electrolyte! Keep in mind to stay with the unflavoured options to minimise sugar intake.

Try some crunchy snacks like seeds, nuts and legumes! A favourite of mine is baked crunchy chickpeas.

INGREDIENTS

400g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed

½ teaspoon sea salt/pink Himalayan rock salt

1 ½ teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons mild curry powder

(Not limited to these - add to your taste. Sometimes I’ll add chilly too!)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 170c/150 fan forced.  Line a baking tray

Place chickpeas on tray. Sprinkle with spices, toss gently to coat. Roast chickpeas for 1 hours or until golden and crispy.

Cool chickpeas and keep in an air tight container, at room temp for up to 2 days

 

SWEET

A sweet craving can indicate signs of dehydration. So, keep your water up!

This is a bit of a no brainer, like your mother used to tell you when you complained about being hungry. ‘Have a piece of fruit.’

However, there’s also lots of easy DIY icy pole/ice cream recipes! Here is a fave of mine, goes down a treat and is so refreshing! 

INGREDIENTS

2 cups diced seedless watermelon

½ teaspoon coconut water

2 tablespoons passion fruit pulp

METHOD

Place ingredients into a food processor, process until smooth. Pour into ice cream molds, leaving 5mm for expansion when freezing. Freeze overnight

Remove from mold and NOM! 

My biggest piece of advice though, is not to follow your mind to the fridge or to the grocery store! Take a minute to think about what your body really wants. Normally, it’s pretty on the money and we can beat the cravings by feeding ourselves what we think we want.

It's also important to take into account, how much sleep you’ve had and how much water you’ve drank as they can contribute to hormone imbalances which can lead us to believe we want the unhealthy stuff that still leave us unsatisfied.

Of course, treat yo self! Just not every time.

Please share if you have some alternatives to beat your cravings! I’d love to know.

Big love.

Images: YuriElkaim.com, Pinterest; Words: Catalina Vera Vera, Yadira Galarza Cauchi

Tell us, what do you reach for when you get cravings?

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