Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What to Eat When You're Craving Sweets

Like I said before, I'm not perfect... Annnnd sometimes I crave sweets. Sometimes it's beautiful and delicious to have dessert. Sometimes you want to move on from the craving.

Have your sweets without rocketing your blood sugar:

1. Low-glycemic index fruits like berries, cherries, apples, pears, apricots, grapefruit, oranges, nectarines, grapes, kiwis. These are healthier than other sources of sugar and give you the added benefit of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Get fancy. I love balsamic marinaded strawberries with a little black pepper! (I dare you.)

2.  Dark chocolate (at least 70%) is relatively low in sugar and comes with the added bonus of antioxidants!

3. Date boats - my classic bring-along power snack. Yes, dates have a lot of sugar but one of these puppies, split open and spread with some almond butter (plus cacao nibs are my favorite) make for a carb/fat/protein balanced snack for an active day. These are fairly rich.

4. Make your own high-quality desserts! This way, you know how much sugar is (or isn't) in it. Try my chocolate coconut truffles, raw chocolate banana pudding or something simple like a mango lassi (mango + plain yogurt + cardamom if you're feeling fancy, whirled up in your blender).

5. Roasted or steamed sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets - any sweet root veggie of choice - can be totally satisfying, especially with a little butter, coconut oil and sea salt, or peanut/almond butter. Getting enough naturally sweet veggies during the day can help curb overall cravings.

To curb your cravings try:

1. Sauerkraut snack. Just a few fork-fulls can sate me. The sour and alkaline flavors are great sweet-cravings busters.

2. Have the juice of half a lemon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink it down. Wait about 10 minutes and see how you feel. A lot of times when we crave sugar, we're just dehydrated. Water with a splash of juice or vinegar is a quick pick-me-up.

3. Experiment with the Chinese strategy of eating more bitter foods to balance your craving for sweets. Foods like curly endive, radicchio, cooked greens (kale, chard, collards), olives, etc. 

Any desserts or tricks you like?

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