Spoiling myself with snack cravings is so satisfying as ever, it makes me calm, reduce stress and boost my energy. But snack cravings are so tempting that sometimes it leads me to eat unhealthy foods which are not good for my health. So, I decided to turn my cravings into a healthy snack option, that not only make me happy but also makes me healthy.
Here are my healthy food options to satisfy my every craving.
I slice my favourite sweet fruits such as apple, mango, grapes and pineapples into bite pieces and spear it with a bamboo skewer to add more fun just like eating a barbecue in a bamboo skewer. Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and lots of fibre to keep our body healthy. It’s nice that I can make it with a variety of flavours and kinds of fruits, you can make it with any fruit depend on the flavour your taste bud desires.
Hummus and vegetables
If I crave a savoury hummus dip, I grab a slice of vegetables instead of chips. Most of the time I got carrot sticks, thin sliced celery, and a slice of bell pepper to go with hummus dip which is made with chickpeas, sesame paste (tahini), garlic, and olive oil. It may sound less appetising for some but the blend of crunchy veggies with the dip is flavourful and provides a good source of heart-healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants to boost health and stabilize blood sugar levels and eating this snack increase my vegetable intake.
Every time I crave for sweet energy-boosting snack Greek yogurt is one of my choices. It tastes creamy and healthy too, it helps to make you stay full because of higher protein and it has less sugar than regular yogurt, and it is also a good source of calcium and probiotics that are good for the bones and digestion. I also put some berries on top to add more anti-oxidants to the snack and I always prefer blueberries because it contains less sugar than any berries and provides 200% of your recommended daily intake of manganese, a mineral that helps to regulate blood sugar, heal the skin, and maintain bones health.
Roasted edamame sprinkled with salt is my choice when I crave a salty snack. It is an immature soybean that is rich in energy-boosting nutrients including protein and fibre which is a good combination to keep me full until the next meal, complex carbohydrates, and amino acids without a lot of fat or sugar. Its list of vitamins and minerals are impressive which includes calcium, folate, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, riboflavin, vitamins C, E, B6, complex carbohydrates, amino acids without a lot of fat or sugar.
It is an excellent choice for dealing with salty cravings, made by fermenting soybeans with salt, grains and a type of fungus called koji. This is a Japanese tasty soup and low in calories, it’s a good source of fibre, protein, beneficial plant compounds and quite a few vitamins and minerals. Here is how I prepare my miso soup.
2 teaspoons dashi granules
4 cups water
3 tablespoons miso paste
1 (8 ounces) package silken tofu, diced
2 green onions, sliced diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine dashi granules and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and whisk in the miso paste. Stir in tofu. Separate the layers of the green onions and add them to the soup. Simmer gently for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
In addition to health benefits, studies found that it can lower the risk of stroke and breast cancer for women.
Fruit and peanut butter
When I crave a sweet crunchy snack, a fruit dip in just a small amount of peanut butter is my healthy option. I just simply cut some apples into thin pieces and dip them with peanut butter, but make sure that if you want to try this just limit the amount of peanut butter to balance the health benefits of this snack. It does not only satisfy a sweet and crunchy craving, but also provides fibre, vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats to my snack.
Fruits and vegetable smoothie
A smoothie of mixed fruits and vegetables is a good choice to manage cravings and increase the intake of vegetables and fruits. I find that green smoothies are very healthy here is how I make them.
1 large ripe banana
1 cup packed baby kale or coarsely chopped mature kale
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
¼ ripe avocado
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons honey
1 cup ice cubes
Combine banana, kale, almond milk, avocado, chia seeds and honey in a blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth.
The combination of kale and avocado is what makes this healthy smoothie recipe extra green. Chia seeds turn this creamy smoothie into a heart-healthy fibre and omega-3 fatty acids.
I made my salsa snack with a chop up fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, beans, and onions in a bowl. It is rich in vitamins C and A, which can help increase collagen production in the body to have more glowing skin and helps the thyroid function and regulation. This nutritious snack can help you eat healthier without depriving your taste buds.
Some may say that food craving is just in your head, but we can’t deny the truth that it gives us satisfaction and happiness. But choosing healthy food for snacks is very important to maintain a healthy diet. You should also try these healthy snacks to satisfy your cravings healthily.