“The way you cut your meet reflects the way you live.” (Confucius)
A craving is a powerful desire for something and everyone experiences this feeling. The Buddhists define “craving” as “wanting things to be different from how they are.” Not sure if that applies to food cravings but I believe there is a sense of deprivation associated with food cravings and often food is also used to provide comfort, reward, or to fill other emotional and physical needs.
Cravings can be of different sorts. Some people crave for sweet while other need something sour or salty. To satisfy sweet and sour cravings dark chocolates and blue berries are the best snacks.
Now there are lots of snacks which can satisfy the craving of something sweet but not every snack is healthy and good for your body. But dark chocolate lacks all the added fat and sugar of classic milk chocolate. It can actually be a healthy treat in moderation. Dark chocolate is packed with antioxidants and can even help regulate levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Blueberries on the other hand are also very satisfying and healthy. They fight the risk of heart diseases and metabolic syndrome.
Blueberries can also help you burn the stubborn belly fat by turning on your get-lean genes. They are also beneficial for mental health. Blueberries have long been considered a superfood with the ability to slow the rate of age-related cognitive decline. So it is better to eat blueberries and dark chocolates rather than eating other snacks which may be unhealthy for you. For example, snacks like those yummy Classic Lays potato chips or that delicious chocolate donut hole from the Dunkin Donuts. Geez…don’t you just love those chocolate holes with a nice cup of hazelnut coffee? I can tastes it. Okay…now back to business…
Other snacks like popcorns and nuts are also very beneficial and help you satisfy your cravings. Human body needs the unsaturated fat that the nuts contain. These can help prevent blood clotting and maintain a regular heart rhythm. Mostly crisps are used as a snack but the problem with them is, firstly they are very fattening and secondly you do not eat one or two chips, instead u eat a whole bowl.
Nuts on the other hand, have a positive effect on the aptitude due to their high protein content, which makes people feel fuller and helps curb hunger; while carbohydrates like chips can trigger a rise in blood sugar that leads to more hunger when it drops. Nuts cause no such rise.
Air-popped and eaten plain, popcorn is a healthy whole grain food that is low in calories and high in fiber especially when compared to snacks like chips. Popcorn is dry popped in hot air as there are no oils, fat or sugar added to it. And as a matter of fact a single portion of popcorn contains more antioxidants than all the fruit and vegetable people eat in a day. They also contain small quantities of vitamins and minerals such as B6, magnesium and iron.
Cravings are going to happen. So make a smatter choice and choose healthy snacks so it satisfies your needs. First, your craving and second your healthy body. Tasty and healthy snacks at midnight what else do you want?