There are very few people among us who don’t crave sugar at least once a day and, unfortunately, the sweet stuff is not good for you.
Apart from ruining your teeth, it can cause you to crash after a sugar rush, overindulge on calories and prevent your body from knowing when it is full meaning you eat more than you need.
It’s time to cut the habit!
If you don’t really want to quit, you won’t. Make sure you really want to kick the habit.
Know where it’s hiding
Sugar has a lot of different names on food labels. Look out for words that end in ‘ose’ like fructose or sucrose.
Choose an alternative
When it comes adding flavour to your food opt for herbs and spices instead of sugar.
Eat healthy food
If you eat a well balanced diet, your body won’t have room for sugar so it won’t crave it.
The best way to deal with cravings is to put all sugary foods out of sight and be prepared to suffer for a little while. Hopefully, your cravings should be gone within a week… hopefully!
Are you up for the challenge?
In less than an hour you can have up to 12 of your own protein bars. Carry them with you to college/work in case you happen to have a sweet tooth later on in the day.
- 250g natural peanut butter (creamy or smooth) (you can also use almond butter!)
- 300g honey
- 80g oats
- 150g dried fruit
- 80g Almonds
- 3 scoops protein powder
- Cinnamon to taste (optional)
- Heat the honey and peanut butter in a medium-sized saucepan until runny.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients until well coated.
- Grease a 9 x 9 pan with non-stick spray or butter and press in the mixture evenly.
- Cool in the fridge for at least 45 minutes.
- Slice up and wrap individual bars in tin foil.
The less junk you eat, the less you crave it but if you’re not used to eating healthy foods to begin with, how can you possibly resist?
Here are a few healthy snacks you can have while you’re on the go:
This is a quick and inexpensive way to get a healthy dose of protein in you.
A nutty banana treat
The classic banana and peanut butter combo never fails. Put some peanut butter on a rice cake and then top it up with a few slices of banana.
Slice up some celery, carrots or your favorite veg so you can enjoy this tasty heart-friendly dip wherever you go.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good childhood recipe at times. Stack a few grapes and cheese squares onto a toothpick.
This is always a good healthy snack. The only downfall is you might come across a not-so-healthy protein bar. Your best bet is to cook up a recipe at home.
Sugar is bad for us and experts even consider it to be as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco. Gulp!
Unfortunately, it’s everywhere – in our processed food, our tea and our juice – and there seems to be no hiding from it.
However we’ve dug up a few ways you make your diet a little less sugary.
Replace it with coconut oil
Just like sugar, it’s a source of instant energy; however, it doesn’t cause you to experience the sugar rush slump. Yay!
Avoid buying processed foods
If they’re not in your cupboard, you won’t be tempted. If you do succumb to buying something, hide it!
Put down the coffee
Unless you can drink it without a spoonful of the bad stuff, avoid it at all costs.
Change your routine
If you’re used to banishing the 3pm slump with a chocolate bar, try going for a walk around the office instead. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery.
You can do it, just believe in yourself!
Sugar cravings are the bane of every diet attempt. With these healthy snacks, you can conquer your cravings once and for all.
Since apples are naturally sweet, they are a great substitute for junk food and sweets. You can easily carry them around with you. They will also make you feel full because of their fibre content.
It doesn’t have to be Christmas for you to enjoy this spice. Eating this miracle worker can stop the blood sugar spikes that make you have sugar cravings.
Not the sweetest thing in the world, but tomatoes actually help fight sugar cravings. Since they’re high in serotonin (the reason you have cravings at all), you can trick your brain into thinking your sugar cravings have been satisfied.