First Aid for Cravings: Healthy & Easy Snacks for Busy Moms

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If you want to eat healthier, or are on a diet, the first hurdle you might encounter are cravings for food that is not helping you to reach those goals. There are plenty of amazing recipes online for healthy snacks, but not everyone has a bulging fridge with pre-made delicious treats. Honestly, who has time for that?

 

If I want to eat something, I usually would have to make it at that very moment. To stop myself from grabbing an easy sweet or carbon filled treat when I am in a hurry, I made a go-to list for healthier fast snacks that satisfy my appetite.

 

I would like to share with you my “First Aid Hunger” kit, that will help to reduce the likelihood that you will reach for the bad stuff. And increase the chance you will fill up on the good stuff 🙂

 How Snacking Can Be Good

  • Snacks keep your blood sugar stable and your metabolism going. So keep on snacking healthy.
  • Do not skip meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and take approximately two healthy snacks in between.
  • Before you begin your snack ask yourself first whether you are hungry or just craving.
  • Drink a glass of water and wait ten minutes before you start your snack.
  • Snack in the correct portions. It’s just a snack. So limit a handful of nuts to a handful.
  • Drink herbal tea, water with fresh lemon, lime or mint, homemade iced tea and freshly squeezed juices.

 Shopping List

 1. Fruits: apples, bananas, grapes, clementines, fresh pineapple, avocado, etc.

2. Vegetables: cucumbers, peppers, carrots, cherry tomatoes etc.

3. Dried fruits: dates, apricots, cranberries, blueberries etc.

4. Raw unsalted nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, etc.

5. Olives

6. Rice cakes and whole grain crackers and organic granola bars

7. Popcorn

8. Boiled egg

9. Hummus

10. Dark raw organic chocolate (+ 90% cocoa)

 My Snack List: 

  1. Fruit

This is nothing new, but still many moms tend to give their kids fruit, and forget to save a piece for themselves. Fruit is super easy and delicious, and always ready-to-eat. Make sure to stock up on a great variety of organic fruit, and place it in direct view.
  1. 2. Avocado with Sea Salt

Cut an avocado in half, sprinkle salt on it and eat it! Avocados are not always ripe when you buy them, so here it is a question of buy, wait until they are ripe and then make sure you eat on time.Very tasty! You can also slice the avocado on a cracker.

  1. Mixed dried fruit

A tin with mixed dried fruit supplies a tasty and varied snack! Make sure it’s a good mix and doesn’t contain too many raisins. Go for sun-dried (as opposed to chemically dried with sulphur) organic fruits like currants, dates, prunes, figs, mango, apple, coconut, apricots and cranberries.

  1. Nuts

 

Nuts are a nice addition for a snack and fill you up easily. My favorite is homemade roasted almonds or pecans with Celtic salt. Yummy!

  1. Boiled egg

A boiled egg can greatly help to hold you over. Good fats and proteins provide a full feeling.

  1. Smoothies

 

My favorite smoothie is just a banana, coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of almond paste, cinnamon and ice cubes. So delicious, and very filling!!

  1. Dark chocolate

 

So tasty. My absolute nr. 1 dark chocolate is the raw “Deep Dark” bar from Gnosis chocolate.

  1. Homemade popcorn

Cheap and still super tasty.

  1. Hummus

 

I love a rice cake with hummus, or to dip into hummus with sticks of cucumber, pepper and carrot. Incredibly tasty and fast!

  1. Raw milk

 

I did not include this in the shopping list, because it can be hard to come by. But for me it’s one of the best ways to quench that craving feeling. A glass of raw milk, raw yogurt, raw kefir or a cube of raw cheese can greatly complement and give you just that little bit extra to sustain you for a couple of hours longer.

 The First Aid Snack Kit for Your Bag

If you always carry these snacks with you, you will be less tempted to buy something else:

 An apple or banana

A box with some nuts and dried fruit

A bar of dark (raw) chocolate

  • A bottle of (fruit-infused) water

 

Last Tip: Plan Your Candy Moment

 

 
Remember that you can sometimes simply indulge yourself. We’re not going to forbid ourselves anything, because it is negative and not beneficial for your relationship with food. So allow yourself to occasionally smuggle something sugary. Just eat that lovely cake on a birthday or get that salty snack in the weekend.
 
Try to keep it to a minimum though and compensate. Do not make it a daily habit. If you find yourself in dire need of having something sweet, you can also do the following: Delay the moment by setting a time for yourself. For instance, commit to it to have that sweet snack later that night. Chances are that by that time you are so proud of yourself that you will choose an apple. And if you do indulge on sweets, enjoy them fully. Eat that cookie in relaxed mindfulness, and that sensation will keep you from eating a whole pack of them 🙂

 

By Olivia from EveryHomeRemedy.com For the Healthy Moms Magazine
Olivia inspires others by sharing natural home remedies. Visit her blog for tips on health, beauty or household problems you have that need a solution.
First Aid for Cravings: Healthy & Easy Snacks for Busy Moms
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