Reduce Sugar With the Help of These Foods

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When you experience sugar craving, it’s hard to ignore your sweet tooth and continue on with your day. As much as you want to be the person who eats carrots and hummus instead of a cinnamon bun, you’ve accepted the fact that you won’t be adding this particular skill to your resumé anytime soon.

But you’re also aware that too much sugar is awful for your health, and you’d like to do your best to conquer cravings as healthfully as possible—which is why we’re presenting you with a list that can help keep your sweet tooth in check. 

Here are five foods that can help you fight your sugar cravings: 

Fruit

We’re told that we should eat five portions of fruits and vegetables a day in an effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, the time of day that you eat fruit can have a triggering effect on your sugar cravings. Eating fruit in the afternoon can trigger sugar cravings later in the day. When you eat fruit in the morning and on an empty stomach, it can actually help reduce sugar cravings.

Dark Chocolate

Try combining fruits and a square of dark chocolate (over 75%) to stop sugar cravings. Combine a small square of chocolate that’s sugar free with a banana, a cup of strawberries or a peach. You can even melt the chocolate and drizzle it over the fruit if you feel fancy!

Chia Seeds

The fibrous chia seeds can help keep you full and eliminate sugar cravings. You can make your own chia pudding by whisking 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with coconut milk (go for a can, which is pure coconut milk and has a higher fat content) and letting it sit overnight. You can add a bit of honey or maple syrup in it, if you want to be extra sweet.

Herbal Tea

Here’s a secret to busting sugar cravings: If you’re wanting an ice cream cone, you might just be thirsty. We often mistake thirst for hunger, so if you have a craving for something sweet, brew yourself a cup of herbal tea. Herbal teas tend to be slightly sweet naturally, so it’ll hydrate you and get ahead of any sugar cravings that are waiting to strike.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are high in fiber and contain nutrients including B vitamins, magnesium, iron and more. Eating whole grains has been linked to a longer, healthier life, and their high fiber content also means they may help you feel full. Overall, making sure you are eating enough and including foods like whole grains in your diet will help keep you full and may help prevent sugar cravings.

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