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It’s that time of day again. I’m just minding my own business, finishing up an online class or doing some work around the house, and it hits me. My stomach begins to grumble and a little voice inside my head is telling me “it’s snack time.”
Do you have those moments? You know the ones. It’s where your body starts craving something to eat. Whether it’s salty, sweet, or maybe even sour. Your body is, not so subtly, asking to be fed. And if you’re like me, it can be very tempting to go for the quick fix, or shall I say, the un-healthy fix for those cravings.
Well, before you reach for those chips or cookies, let me share with you some of the healthy options I have found that work for me.
What Causes Cravings
Grabbing something from the vending machine or straight out of the pantry can definitely be easier to stop those cravings for the moment, but sometimes it’s a good idea to stop for a minute and make sure your body doesn’t need something else before you go for the food.
Boredom, lack of sleep, and even the weather can effect our cravings, so I’ve learned to just take a moment and check myself. I’ll take a walk if I’m bored or get up and do some chores if I’ve been sitting at my desk all day. Just doing those things first can help curb the cravings.
Healthy Options for Afternoon Cravings
When just getting up and moving doesn’t do the trick, than it’s time to head into the kitchen, but let’s make sure we are going for some healthy options. Keeping your pantry and refrigerator stocked with good, healthy snacks will definitely help you stay away from those salty bags of fried potatoes and sugary treats.
One reason those afternoon cravings come up is simply because our bodies are thirsty. Yet, if you are like me, you get tired of drinking plain old water all the time, but I have a great solution for that.
I recently took a trip to Walmart and grabbed myself a couple boxes of Bigelow’s Cold Brew Iced Teas.
These cold brew tea mixes are perfect to keep on hand. It only take a few minutes to brew (just 7-10 minutes with cold water) and they taste amazing. I start my brew in a mason jar at lunch and by the time my afternoon cravings come around, my tea is cold and ready to go.
The fruity flavors of the teas really seem to help curb any sweet cravings that pop up. I recently made the Raspberry & Lemon and added some frozen wild berries to my glass. The taste was incredible and with a just few healthy snacks added, I was good to go for the rest of the afternoon.
Healthy Options for Afternoon Cravings
As I stated earlier, keeping healthy snack options in your home is the best way to keep from going for those sugary, salty snacks that aren’t good for you.
Purchase foods like cherry tomatoes or fruits that are basically just wash and go when it comes to eating. No time wasted with these little guys.
You can also prep at the beginning of the week by washing, peeling, and cutting up any fruits or veggies that aren’t the ‘ready to go‘ kind. I like to place these in snack bags, on an eye level shelf, so they are easy to see and grab.
Make Good Choices
Having afternoon cravings isn’t a bad thing. It’s your body telling you it needs something. Taking the time to figure out exactly what that is and having healthy options on hand is the key to keeping on track with a healthy lifestyle.
Be creative. Finding new healthy alternatives, like mixing up some Bigelow teas or trying new fruits and veggies, will keep things from getting too boring for you and will satisfy even the craziest of all cravings.
How About You?
What time of day do your cravings hit? What healthy options have you come up with to satisfy those cravings?
Leave me a comment and let know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you.