Hump Day Happiness, Top 10 Craving Busters (Food)

Top 10 “Beat the Cravings” foods and meals. (Some of these I have mentioned before, but they are so good they are well worth repeating).

1. Cut up some fresh fruit (berries, an apple, a pear, 1/2 banana) and put 1-2 tsp of melted natural nut (peanut, almond, cashew) butter on top. One teaspoon goes along way and gives your already sweet fruit a bit more of a kick.
2. Make your own healthy Vegetable Chips. Cut up Kale and sweet potatoes and coat them with olive oil . Add some  sea salt and or spices and bake in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes at 250 – 300 degrees C. You really have to watch these, especially the kale, because you don’t want it to burn. You’re looking to get them crispy but if you’re not paying attention, they can easily become burnt and crunchy.

3. Make your favourite hot tea add fruit and ice.  Essentially it is herbal tea sweetened naturally.  If that isn’t enough sweet for you, add Stevia. This is a great cold drink. This really hits the spot at 3pm when I “think” I want a sweet treat but this naturally sweetened beverage is enough to calm my cravings.

4. Get some sliced turkey and/or roast beef and lay 1 or 2 slices flat on a plate. Add  a piece of low fat cheese and wrap it up into a roll. You can also make this into a lettuce wrap by adding a lettuce leaf.

5. Mix some almond or peanut butter with unsweetened organic apple sauce and sprinkle cinnamon on top. A great mid morning or afternoon snack.

6. Go do something you love…haha…I know…I stuck a “non food” one in here. Sometimes we’re not really craving food, we’re just “bored” and need to go and consume ourselves with something we enjoy. For me, sitting at the book store with a green tea, reading magazines, is such a treat! (Although I always come home with more magazines than I will ever possibly be able to read!)

7. Cut up one apple, spread almond butter or peanut butter on top and sprinkle some crushed dark chocolate on top.
8. A decafe green or chamomile herbal tea in the evening is perfect right before bed to calm you after a busy day.
9. After you’ve made your own veggie chips, get make some fresh salsa and have your own chips and dip party.

10. 1 piece of dark chocolate with a dab of natural peanut butter or almond butter. You’d be surprised how 1 piece can go a very long way as far as knocking out a chocolate craving!

Enjoy!!!

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  1. The power of suggestion is great. How many times do your kids complain that there is nothing to eat despite the full fridge? All I have to do is rhyme off 1/2 a dozen suggestions and suddenly another snack crisis has been averted. I will print this blog post and hang it on the fridge — right where the trouble begins! Thanks Carrie.

  2. Great ideas Carrie! When I am craving a latte and something sweet I make a shake with your vanilla protein powder, a VIA packet from Starbucks, a 1/2 frozen banana, a Stevia packet and some cinnamon. Instant sweet tooth buster! Not to mention the kick I get from the caffeine.

  3. This is an amazing clean eating treat!

    Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”
    (Makes approximately 4 cups – depending on the size of your bananas)

    Ingredients
    4 bananas
    1 cup milk
    2 tbsp. cocoa powder
    2 tbsp. agave or honey

    Directions

    Step 1 – This is one of those recipes you have to start the day/night before. Slice your bananas into a container with a lid. Put in the freezer over night or until thoroughly frozen. It’s imp0rtant that they are completely frozen.

    Step 2 – Empty your frozen banana slices into a food processor. Add all other ingredients and turn on your processor. That’s it!

    Also, this is NOT something you can put back in the freezer after making. This is strictly a make and serve dish. Freezing the finished ice cream turns it into something pretty yucky. So make it and eat it!

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