Do you find that you’re craving certain foods? That ice cream, potato chips or chocolate just won’t stop dancing around your head? When one sneaks up on you, reach for a substitute to help stop that craving in its tracks.
Craving Chocolate? Try Cacao Nib Chia Seed Pudding
Chocolate is often your arch nemesis when it comes to cravings — it strikes often and it strikes fast. Having a 70% or higher dark chocolate bar on hand is one way to fight this — you get the satisfaction of chocolate, with often less sugar, and fat than lower cocoa varieties. Even better, keep cacao nibs in your pantry for more creative solutions to chocolate cravings. These unsweetened bites of cacao seed (where all chocolate comes from) can help kick the craving without any added sugar. You can even put them in a chia seed pudding for a decadent treat.
Craving a Salty Crunchy Snack? Try Kale Chips
The perfect combination of salty and crunchy is a hard craving to kick. Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, try kale chips. You can purchase these green snacks at your local natural foods store or make them yourself.
Craving Ice Cream? Try Banana Soft Serve
Ice cream cravings sneak up on you on hot summer days. But the joy of a good ice cream cone vanishes just as quickly — especially if you cannot tolerate dairy. Try a banana soft serve instead! Simply pulse a frozen banana in a food processor or blender, and the resulting creamy soft serve will satisfy your craving. Sometimes called nice cream, we have several recipes to get you started: Mocha Hazelnut Nice Cream and Raspberry Pistachio Nice Cream. Feel free to add cacao nibs, fresh fruit or coconut flakes to make it fancier!
Craving Pasta? Try Spaghetti Squash
While a good pasta dish can be very satisfying, no one likes to feel like they have to take a 3 hour nap to recuperate from a craving. Instead of dishing out pasta, try roasting a spaghetti squash instead. This vegetable is lower in calories, but has a similar texture and consistency as noodles. After roasting the squash for 45 minutes, simply use a fork to flake off noodle-shaped pieces. Top it off with non-dairy cheese or tofu ricotta, nutritional yeast and a good marinara sauce and you’ll hardly taste the difference. See the full spaghetti squash recipe here.
If that still isn’t stopping your craving, try getting out of the house, going for a walk, or talking with a friend until it subsides.
Here’s to kicking cravings to the curb!