Everyone experiences food cravings from time to time. This usually entails wanting something that isn't good for you, such as cookies, soda or potato chips. The trick to curbing your cravings without compromising your health is to choose foods that satisfy you but are nutrient-dense at the same time. Each of these foods make the cut.
If you crave salty snacks like potato chips, this kale alternative is a much better choice. The kale leaves are tossed with a bit of oil and a dash of salt, then baked until they are crispy. That lets you eliminate a salt craving without all the fat and calories of potato chips. Kale is a great source of fiber and vitamin K, both of which are important for your overall health.
For people who like crunchy snacks, pumpkin seeds are a prime choice. They contain loads of fiber, which helps curb your appetite in general, and they are also a great source of protein, which gives your body energy. Bake your own pumpkin seeds and you can easily mix and match the seasonings to create a snack that perfectly satisfies your craving.
Popcorn is a considered a whole grain, making it an outstanding choice when you have a craving. Be sure you choose air-popped popcorn over movie-theater-style options because it's much lower in fat, salt and calories. You can toss your popcorn with a bit of cayenne pepper, buffalo seasoning or anything else you like to make it something all your own.
Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are a rich source of fiber, protein and several vitamins and minerals. They are also very low in fat and calories. Toss canned chickpeas with a bit of olive oil and season with garlic salt and black pepper. Bake at 375 until crunchy and enjoy for a virtuous snack any time a craving strikes.
Fruit is a great choice for people who have sweets cravings because most types are naturally sweet. Combine fruit with cottage cheese, and you have a healthy ratio of complex carbs, protein and fiber to satisfy cravings and an appetite. Peaches, berries or pears are great choices that pair wonderfully with cottage cheese. Choose the low-fat version to save fat and calories.
This snack is a delicious way to curb your sweet tooth and fill up on vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium and iron. Simply thread chunks of pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe, grapes and kiwi on to skewers and you're ready to enjoy a tasty snack.
Here's a super easy snack that will taste totally indulgent while being rich in fiber, vitamin C and much more. Sprinkle half a grapefruit a small dab of honey and broil until the honey gets bubbly. Enjoy warm.
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