31 May 2017
Firstly, I actually don’t recommend that we “snack” simply because the idea of snacking often means eating on the go. If you get hungry between meals, I always recommend that you still sit down and eat intentionally otherwise a small snack could turn into something much larger! Often we tend to crave something to snack on in the mid afternoon when we’re tired and experiencing a slump. Unfortunately, when we are tired our hunger increases by 25%. And cravings aren’t always food foods that serve us. The trick is, to stock your home or work environment with foods that fuel rather than make you even more tired after you've’ eaten them.
Usually, when we get a craving it is for either something sweet (chocolate!), savoury (potato chips!), creamy (ice cream!), or crunchy (crisps!). Obviously, my examples are foods you shouldn’t eat all the time if you want to be healthy but they can be a great alternative when your hunger pangs begin mid-meal.
Next time you get a craving for something sweet, why not try:
For your savoury cravings, try these healthy alternatives:
Your creamy cravings can be met by eating:
Finally, don‘t cave and reach for the chippies, when you can eat these crunchy (but still healthy) snacks:
Don’t fight your craving. Instead, listen to what it is your body wants specifically and choose the healthier option that will fuel your body. But, if you still really want that little bit of "soul food", enjoy it. Mindfully, intentionally and without guilt!