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What are some foods to have on hand if cravings hit?

Ximena Jimenez
Nutrition & Dietetics

These are some foods to grab when cravings hit:

  • Dark chocolate: chocolate is one food we all crave and the dark version has a great number of nutrients. It is rich in antioxidants and a healthy fat which is good for your body
  • Grapes: this fruit has a good content of water that can help you feel satisfied. Reach for 15 grapes when you are craving something sweet
  • Gum: recent studies indicate that gum can help you curb your food cravings.
  • Water: sometimes we could confuse hunger with thirst. Before reaching for some food, drink a glass of water.
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
Cravings are often not associated with true hunger. Before you decide to indulge in a craving, take a break to identify what it is that you are actually experiencing. Are you hungry, sad, bored, upset, angry....? This is the first step in controlling distracted eating and unnecessary calories. Next, think of healthy alternatives to satisfy your craving. When it comes to crunchy foods, try raw, baby carrots, celery sticks, small handful of almonds or other nuts. If you crave something salty, try air-popped popcorn, baked chips, whole grain rice cakes. If you are looking for something sweet, try whole fruit, dried fruit, a few chocolate chips, a cup of fat-free hot cocoa, sugar-free jello, sugar-free pudding, nonfat yogurt. A small, bowl of whole grain oatmeal with cinnamon, a slice of wholegrain toast sprinkled with cinnamon, a bowl of edamame can all be satisfying snacks. Sometimes, trying other alternatives to eventually end up eating what you crave might cause you to have more calories than indulging in the foods that you actually crave in small amounts.
Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics
At any given moment, you may get a craving for certain foods. You may be stressed, bored, sad or feeling nostalgic. Be prepared to conquer cravings by keeping these on hand:
  • To conquer a salty craving, try lightly salted nuts, edamame or kale chips with just a sprinkle of salt to taste.
  • Munch on carrot sticks, jicama or cucumber slices to satisfy a crunchy craving. Cool, crunchy apple slices dipped in peanut butter is a fun and flavorful way to satisfy a crunchy craving and it's quite filling.
  • When you crave something sweet but can’t put a finger on it, reach for a ripe piece of fruit. It works.
  • Get your chocolate fix with an ounce of high quality dark chocolate. Eat it slowly to truly savor the flavor and the moment.
  • If you crave ice cream, opt for lower fat versions or frozen yogurt with a fresh fruit topping. Thick and creamy Greek yogurt with sweet seasonal fruit or a drizzle of honey can also satisfy the craving for something cool and creamy.
  • For a sweet and salty treat, stuff dates with small cubes of parmesan cheese.
  • For a savory fix, try Indian-spiced roasted chickpeas, popcorn with chipotle chili powder and cumin or go Italian by adding basil, oregano and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
  • Got a craving for pizza? Try fresh mozzarella dipped in marinara sauce.

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