Cravings are difficult. They’re all unique and your cravings will be different from anyone else. Whether you’re craving that sweet treat or a salty snack, we face these cravings every day.
There are many reasons we crave. Dehydration, fiber, and a lack of veggies can all contribute to our daily cravings. When you drink, your stomach expands which signals to your brain that you’re full. So, when your stomach is empty and you need water, your brain gets confused and tells you that you’re hungry. Try drinking more water before indulging in a craving. Bring a water bottle with you throughout the day and just keep drinking.
Fiber is an important part of your diet for many reasons, but specifically is known for suppressing hunger. Fiber can be found in certain carbs like whole grain breads, brown rice, oats, and flaxseed. It can also be found in nuts and beans. Making some simple swaps helps to keep you feeling full for longer.
Vegetables are like a one-two punch. They help keep you full for two reasons: they are usually 90% water and are full of fiber. They’re super healthy for you and the calories they do have are from healthy calories instead of sugar and bad fats. You can add veggies to your diet in soups, salads, sandwiches, or with dips.
But for when you have your causes managed and you’re still facing cravings, here are some quick and easy ways to manage those sweet and savory urges without totally blowing your nutrition goals.
When you’re craving soda, replace with a BCAA.
BCAAs come in tons of delicious, sweet, fruity flavors. They’re hydrating and satisfy that need for a cold sweet treat. Plus, they help promote recovery and muscle protein building! Don’t forget – drinks make a big difference in our diets – sodas, coffees, and energy drinks add up.
When you’re craving a sweet treat, try a dessert flavored protein.
If you’re craving right after a workout, mix up a dessert flavored protein – Syntha-6 has Coldstone Creamery flavors and Dymatize has new Cocoa and Fruity pebbles flavors.
There are a ton of great protein sweet snacks too – from ONE peanut butter cups to DIY protein pancakes, cookies, and sweet bars. Experiment and find out which ones work for you. Made with high protein to keep you full but with sugar alternatives that won’t lead to an energy crash.
When you’re craving a salty snack, try a protein snack.
Jerky, protein chips, powdered peanut butter, and protein bars are high in protein, low in sugar, and low in trans and saturated fats. They’ll help keep you full without the unnecessary carbs and fats that leave you feeling unsatisfied and defeated.