Sugar addicts come in all shapes and sizes. Yogis, vegans, Paleos, athletes â€” anyone can be drawn to the sweet stuff.
If you have a wild sweet tooth or if you just want to manage a small sugar habit better, there are a few foods that can help curb cravings. Here are nine items to add to your cart next time you‘re at the grocery store:
Some bacteria in the gut thrive on sugar and could be driving your cravings. Butfermented vegetables, like sauerkraut and kimchee, help bring the gut microbiome into balance by introducing more probiotics â€” the good bacteria.
Buy sauerkraut or kimchee or make your own. Sauerkraut not your thing? Try plain yogurt or kefir.
In traditional Chinese medicine, leafy greens are thought to lighten up the spirit. If you eat sugar when you‘re feeling stressed and depressed, experiment with adding more leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, beet greens, spinach, and collards to your everyday diet.
When you reduce or remove sugar from your diet, try bringing out flavour in your food with a little healthy fat. Coconut oil has a slightly sweet taste and medium-chain triglycerides which are thought to provide the body with energy. If you have a hard time leaving sugar out of your morning coffee, try blending coconut oil with your coffee for a rich-tasting energy boost.
This sweet and starchy root vegetable is a great snack when you‘re craving a sugary treat. Try roasting a sweet potato and top it with coconut oil and a little cinnamon.
Keep some strongly flavoured teas like ginger or peppermint, or a naturally sweet one like licorice, in your drawer at work for a sugar-free pick-me-up. If your sugar cravings are brought on by stress or poor sleep, choose a tea blend that will help you relax and wind down before bed.
Feeling stressed? Instead of reaching for ice cream or a cookie, draw up a relaxing bath with Epsom salts. Not only will the time out allow you to process your feelings and revel in a little “me time,â€ but your body will absorb some of the magnesium, a powerful relaxation mineral, and sulfur in the salts.
While any fruit can be considered nature‘s candy, starchy bananas are great to have in your kitchen. Use them to naturally sweeten smoothies or make banana ice cream (aka nice cream).
These fatty little fruits are a great addition to the diet, helping you feel satisfied longer. Add them to smoothies to create a creamy concoction with serious staying power. Or, salt half an avocado for a delicious afternoon snack to help you power through the last bit of your workday.
Keep a few dates in your desk at work and get ready to slay that 3 p.m. candy craving. I recommend dates over most dried fruits because theyâ€ºre intensely sweet and rich, plus ground dates can be used in place of sugar in baked goods.