Healthy Ways to Satisfy Cravings
I’m going to be honest here: if you try to tell me that you’ve never had a craving for some crispy, greasy goodness or some rich, creamy, sugar-laden bliss,I will call you out. We’ve all experienced it and have probably given in a few too many times (oops). So I present to you these healthy recipes to satisfy whatever craving you may have, without the bloat or guilt! (Thank me later!:))
Chocolate milkshake craving:
Chocolate milkshakes are the perfect flavor and texture combination. Decadent chocolate with the smoothest, creamiest delivery? Yes please! And we haven’t even talked about the emotional value attached to them: enjoying these shakes on those hot summer nights from your favorite fast food restaurant. Mmmm.
Here’s a healthy alternative known as a Chunky Monkey Shake.
- 1 frozen, medium banana
- 1 tbs of any nut butter
- 1 cup of low-fat chocolate milk
Blend it all up until it’s thick and creamy!
If you’re in the mood for some good ol’ fashioned vanilla:
- 1 frozen, medium banana
- ½ cup of skim milk
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract ( sometimes I *accidentally* overflow the teaspoon)
You know what to do- blend it right up!
It’s unexplainable. Sometimes, you don’t know what you crave, honestly, you don’t even care what you eat as long as it’s sweet. Anything to boost your energy, satisfy that sweet tooth and keep you going through the day, amiright?
Try a variety of fruits to give you that sugar boost without the health consequences of refined sugar. If you’re looking for a cool treat on a hot summer day or on the coldest day of winter with a blizzard brewing outside (no judgement here), simply freeze blueberries and grapes.
While we’re talking about sugar cravings I might as well give you this brownie recipe…
Ok, I know some of y’all are die-hard brownie fans so I feel very uneasy calling it a brownie. Quite honestly I don’t know what to classify it as, but I just know that it’s good, and if I’m having a bad day, this is my go-to soul food.
- 1 ripe, preferably spotty banana
- 1 tbs cacao powder (unsweetened cocoa powder is also alright)
- A splash of vanilla (Yes it is perfectly acceptable to do some extra)
Mash the banana, combine with the other ingredients, and bake at 350 degrees in a ramekin for 15-18 minutes. Personally,I like it when the middle is still gooey.
A lot of the time, I find myself yearning for that signature salt and crunch factor. Luckily, you can easily find this elsewhere without the guilt!
- Dried fruit like apple chips if you just crave the crunch and don’t mind a little sweetness
- Dried seaweed
- Nut snacks, like pistachios and almonds
- Make your own kale or sweet potato chips
Sweet potato chips recipe:
- 1 large sweet potato
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Dried onion powder, smoked paprika, seasoning of choice (honestly I like it plain)
Wash and slice the sweet potato into very thin slices. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and seasoning. After that, pop them in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes before flipping the chips and baking for another 2-3 minutes.
The perfect grab and go breakfast food. Moist, filling, just the perfect touch of sweetness that’s just enough to make it taste good, but not enough to overwhelm you and make you feel disgusting a few hours later. So… They’re healthy right? Wrong. If you take a look at the nutrition facts, you’ll see that the are often no better than a cupcake. I know, I too was devastated when I found out. But this recipe is honestly a gift from the heavens because it tastes just like a muffin.
- 3 ripe bananas (the spottier the better, but not brown)
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup nut butter (I use peanut butter or almond butter)
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mash the bananas then mix everything together, pour into a greased muffin tin and bake at 400 degrees for 15-ish minutes.
Sooo, that wraps up my list. I guess the moral of the story is that there’s always a way to satisfy your cravings in a healthy way. Also that bananas are the love of my life and they save the day. Seriously, they’re the real MVP and deserve more credit than they’re given.