It is 4 in the evening and your stomach has started to growl. It’s been three-hours since you ate something and it’s time for you to refuel your system. You very well know it’s time for a small meal or a snack. But here’s where most people get it wrong. Despite following a healthy eating pattern, most people falter when it comes to choosing their mid-morning or mid-evening snack.
When we think of snacks, the association is mostly with calorie-packed processed foods like biscuits, chips and other low-fat alternatives. What most people don’t know is that there is an array of healthier options available for every craving. And these options not only keep your diet on track, but also pack your body with nutrition.
For salt cravings
Try some freshly toasted plain salted popcorn. High in fibre and low in calories, popcorn is a healthy snack option. According to researchers, popcorn has the highest level of polyphenol, a chemical which is said to protect your body from cell damage linked to chronic heart ailments and cancers. To curb your salt cravings, you can also snack on nuts like almonds and walnuts. They not only give your body essential fatty acids, but also satisfy those annoying hunger pangs.
For sweet cravings
One of the biggest problems most diet conscious people face is controlling their sweet tooth. Sacrificing on creamy ice creams, sizzling chocolate brownies and more can really be depressing. However, there is a way out for those who love their sweets. Try your hand at some dark chocolate instead of the regular milk chocolate. Dark chocolate is not only delicious, but is also healthy. According to medical researchers, dark chocolate also is said to reduce heart-disease risks. However, make sure you consume dark chocolate in moderation and don’t go berserk. Tip: Try having a piece of dark chocolate with a pinch of salt and experience a unique sweet taste.
For crunchy cravings
A handful of roasted peanuts is your best bet if you’re craving to eat something crunchy. They are not only tasty, but also are packed with bundles of health benefits. According to some studies, the longer you roast the peanuts, the higher are their levels of antioxidants. Peanuts give your body a dose of protein, fibre and other healthy fatty acids. Carry a small box of roasted peanuts with you at all times to ensure you don’t reach out to that bag of unhealthy chips.
For cold drink cravings
We’re all aware that colas are bad for health. Yet at times we crave for that sweet and chilled drink. One way to tackle that craving is by sipping on some cold fresh fruit juice. These juices not only control your craving, but also hydrate your body and give it bags full of goodness from the fruits. Although fruit juices lack the fibre that fresh fruits provide, it’s still a good bed to quench your thirst. Also try your hand at fresh tender coconut water if you want to beat the heat.
For something filling
At times we feel famished despite having a heavy major meal. If you’re looking to have something filling, tasty and healthy – having a sandwich made out of whole grains, with some fresh vegetables in the middle is not a bad idea. Make sure you keep the butter out of this equation. This will not only keep your satisfied for a long time, but will also kill other unwanted cravings. Another thing that you could have is a bowl of fresh fruits. It not only detoxes your body, but also fills you up for a high-octane evening. Having fruits before a workout is a great option.
For something creamy
Don’t we all love all the creaminess of cheese and butter? More often than not a slice of pizza is something we’d bite into to curb those cravings. Well, you don’t have to do that anymore because one of the best alternatives is having some pita chips with a yoghurt dip. Surf the internet for an array of recipes and treat yourself with the creaminess of some healthy yoghurt.