It's 3:00 PM. You're starting to get a bit sleepy and a little something sweet sounds good. What are you after? Are there any cookies in the house? Did someone leave donuts in the break room? I know Mimi has some peanut M & M's on her desk...
Does this sound familiar? I've been there. And, I've had hundreds of people tell me they've been there too. And, the science backs it up - these cravings are a thing. And they are real, with a physiological cause. Your brain is driving you to get a hit of that sweet (or salty) good stuff. What are you gonna do about it?
- You could go for it. But have just one serving. But how will you feel after? No one needs a guilt hangover or a return trip to the candy bowl, which is what is likely to happen.
- Another option is to hit that craving with the perfect weapon, kill it and move on. How? You've got to get a little bit of a healthy snack, feed that brain, and plan on a better, lighter lunch next time. What will work when you really want some chocolate, or a stale donut? The first time, it might not be totally awesome, but it will work & you'll be happy you tried something that works & doesn't cause a guilt hangover: fruit and nuts. Seriously.
Lara Bar - I like the Chocolate Chip Brownie flavor
Cherries (1 cup = 90 calories) with almonds (20 almonds = 140 calories)
Apple (60-90 calories) with walnuts (2 Tbsp = 90 calories)
If you're willing to prep ahead, you could bake yourself a healthy treat.
I like black bean brownies or other minimally processed, fruit-sweetened brownies. Here is a link to a pretty natural vegan brownie recipe from Brand New Vegan that uses only a small amount of sugar and maple syrup for sweetness.
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Another option I like (my kids like these too) is Blueberry Oat Crumble Bars.
I make these anytime I've got some bananas on the brink of being too ripe! These keep well in the fridge for a week, and they freeze well too.
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