Do you have an evening sugar craving that just won’t quit? If the answer is yes, don’t fret, you are not alone and we are here to help!
The body is smarter that we think. Often times, cravings are a sign that we are not getting enough of something. Sugar cravings can be the body’s way of telling us that we aren’t getting enough whole grains — grains in their simplest form are just glucose, which is sugar. But when we feel the craving for glucose we assume sugar, as in treats. Don’t unwrap that candy bar, there is a better answer.
Think whole grain oatmeal in the morning, or sweet potatoes for lunch or brown rice for dinner, maybe sweeter veggies throughout the day like carrots. Fruit is a great way to satisfy sweet craving too. Enjoy sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter (like almond or sunflower seed butter) or fresh fig halves spread with ricotta. Then you can sleep sweet, knowing you’re still on the right, healthy track.
Not sure what whole grains are? Here’s a list:
- Whole wheat
- Brown rice
- Wild rice
- Kasha (toasted buckwheat)
- Rolled & steel-cut oats
- Wheat berries
- Bulgur (cracked wheat)
Stay tuned for the next blog where we’ll share four tasty whole grain recipes to help you cut those sweet cravings and feel great