I have found that when I have a craving for the wrong foods (usually after eating some ‘no-no’s’), I can easily get back on track by having some protein. I can have a protein food or drink, the choice is mine and after a satisfying protein snack, the craving will be gone.
Coach Josh has also found this to be true and wants to share his 7 favorites with you.
Today I want to talk about 7 specific foods that will help you control your cravings.
This is important because, let’s face it, you will NEVER be able to stick to any eating program if cravings are driving you CRAZY. Here are my top food choices:
Yup, that’s right, a fatty food. But this fat is a good fat and these are loaded with two vital nutrients that will quickly kill belly fat: fiber and monounsaturated fats. These little suckers keep you full for hours. Jeannie here- good fats will fill you up. You have no doubt heard someone say ‘oh, I just can’t eat any more of that- it’s too rich’. That is because it contained a lot of fat and good fats not only make things taste better, they let you know when you’ve eaten enough and should stop.
#2 Nut Butters
Peanut butter and almond butter are loaded with monounsaturated fats that can stave off hunger and provide valuable nutrition. Just be sure that it’s natural nut butter because the regular grocery store versions are filled with sugar and trans fats. Jeannie here- I agree! Sometimes I have peanut butter on healthy rice cakes (just puffed rice and sea salt). It makes a yummy snack and my craving goes away.
Need a quick breakfast solution? Look no further than to eggs. Loaded with protein, vitamin B6, V12, A, D, E, and K, as well as foliate, choline, lutein, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, you simply cannot go wrong. Choose free range chickens whenever possible and the nutritional benefits will be amplified. Jeannie here- Not just for breakfast! We often have hard boiled eggs in the frig that make a wonderful quick snack and also go well on my favorite salads.
#4 Dark Chocolate
More good news. That chocolate craving that you have, it too can be satisfied. Dark chocolate is actually a powerful source of antioxidants and it contains a natural “fat burner” called theobromine that will increase the rate of fat burning that takes place in the body. Stick to a few squares after a healthy meal to crush those chocolate cravings. Jeannie here- Yep- I LOVE chocolate and have learned that if we shop carefully, we can have healthy chocolate- (yes, there is such a thing). If you go to my ‘supplements?!’ page, you will find a link to Chava, which is without doubt, the very best healthy chocolate we’ve found. Second on the list is a healthy dark chocolate malt ball with peanut butter. It does not have the zeolite like Chava, but it costs a lot less and you will find it at Fred Meyer Stores.
Another great breakfast food you can’t go wrong with. If you want to cure the mid-morning craving attack, start your day off with oats. Oats are a very good source of wholesome fiber and contain no sugar at all so they will keep your blood sugar levels on a nice even keel.
Mix in a little cinnamon for further blood sugar control support and to reduce belly fat and you’ve got a perfect way to start your day. Jeannie here- great idea for cereal lovers, just be sure to sweeten with Stevia, not sugar. Our favorite stevia product is NuNaturals NuStevia and you will find it in many stores as well as on-line. (See it on our ‘About Links’ page)
Black berries and raspberries provide a great way to settle down sugar cravings. What’s more, their high fiber content keeps you feeling full while the antioxidants and vitamins improve your health. Jeannie here- I haven’t done a ‘berry study’, but I often have strawberries and blueberries are a very healthy choice, too.
#7 Wild Salmon
Last but not least, don’t forget about salmon. Another food that’s jam packed with protein and healthy omega fatty acids and that will help squash those cravings and keep your blood sugar balance in check. Eat this in the evening with some wholesome vegetables and you can kiss your cravings good bye for the night. Jeannie here- Yeah, and have your favorite healthy chocolate for desert!! Mmmmm, good- and you won’t be hungry after!
That’s 7 foods right there, but don’t forget about veggies and beans. Both are packed with nutrition and fiber to keep you full and satisfied.
Eating more of these foods during your day will help eliminate cravings, but if you work, or for some reason can’t eat when a craving hits, we have a great solution for your problem. Our ‘CRAVE CURE’ is an easy way to crush cravings and fight fat, just go here… Drink 2 Oz Of This Odd “Juice” To Kill Junk Food Cravings (In 60 Seconds) Jeannie here- I have tried this, so I can recommend it. I rarely use it because I eat in such a way that I rarely get hungry and I don’t work out of my home, so a protein snack is always available for me. It’s called ‘whatever works’, folks. To your good health!
Hope you enjoyed these tips!