Craving, a feeling known too well by all, creeps through you at certain odd times most likely in early mornings, mid-afternoon and late nights. It usually enters into you making you feel hungry and anxious at the same time. You want something to sate it. But it is still too early or late for the next meal. These are the times when you feel quite lazy and you just want to lounge around and snack on something delicious that is either sweet, salty, spicy, sour etc. You could be after all in a mood for anything. But maybe cooking is not your talent or you may just be really busy.
So, how would you ensure that your craving takes a backseat?
Well, you go for some un-cooked snacks that need almost no preparations. Ensuring that you eat something healthy is a must since odd times eating and that too a lot of unhealthy stuff may harm your health.
At times you may prefer some pre-packaged snacks. They are good for such odd time meals but definitely not healthy! Even chips and cookies are great but definitely, a healthier food can be a much better choice.
Let’s look at some of the snacks that are healthy and scrumptious enough to sate that little grumbling stomach before the next meal.
Snacks to cure your Cravings without the need to cook:
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A quick and easy way to take care of chocolate craving is to consume a small number of almond cocoa-bites. These are easily available in markets. Try looking out for a dark chocolate rather than regular chocolate bites due to healthier properties of dark chocolate.
2. Yummy Fruit Smoothies
Smoothies are the best way to sate a small amount of sweet craving. Add some chia seeds to it makes it even more healthy.
3. Snack Bars
Snack bars are also the best ones to cure a craving. Choosing the right ones is the key to eating healthy. Bars containing oats, dried nuts or dried fruits are the best choice for a healthy sweet snack.
These are known to boost energy and provide an appropriate amount of sugar in the body which is safe and healthy. The dates can cure your slight sweet tooth craving in a few minutes. Taking them with almonds can give you the crunch you may need.
Best way to sate your craving for something sweet and nutritious is to have a delicious and a juicy fruit. If fruit alone is not enough, just dip it in nut butter and give a boost to the taste buds ensuring the retained healthiness.
6. Greek Yogurt
If you are craving something creamy and delicious, Greek Yogurt might be your solution. It is rich in proteins but low on sugar to keep the nutritious properties intact.
7. Dark Chocolate
If you are craving a chocolate, then instead of milk chocolates, go for dark chocolates. Dark chocolates have 70% cocoa. This ensures a great taste yet a healthy intake. But keep in mind that even too much dark chocolate could have an adverse effect. Go for at most 2 small cubes a day.
8. Cottage Cheese
Another high protein product that can ensure a small amount of craving is put in the back seat quite easily. Its a very healthy dairy product and is usually preferred by those who are looking to lose weight.
9. Banana Ice Cream
Another delicious product that can help you sate your most indulgent cravings is a banana ice cream made by blending banana and freezing it over for a few hours. Its creamy texture and sweet taste can be your ultimate food to sate you.
Craving something light and salty? Go for air popped and salty popcorns to sate the indulgent craving. It’s quite healthy and low in calories. Ensure that microwavable popcorns are avoided due to high oil and chemical content.
11. Ice Tea/Lemonade
If you are craving soda, then it is best to avoid it. Instead, a sweet blend of iced tea or lemonade might be the best option for a healthier craving solution.
12. Hot Drink
At times after a meal, you crave something extra. It could be a craving for a dessert or something like a drink. But having a hot drink like tea or coffee or even green tea is the best way to make you feel a bit fuller as well as encourage a healthy digestion.
To sum it up!
It is seen quite a lot of times that when you feel hungry or crave something tasty, you reach straight for the fast food. Pizzas, Burgers, chips, cookies, sodas etc. appeals you more than anything else. But the best way to ensure that you do not take that step is to stock up on the snacks listed above. Ensure that you have them at hand so that you can skip out on unhealthy stuff. Ensure a light and healthy snack and keep your calorie count in control all the while keeping your cravings at bay.
Article Credits: Mitalee Mithal | New Delhi | India