How To Conquer Sweet Cravings with Healthy Substitutions

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It's 9pm and yet again, the freezer is calling your name. Girl, it's not just calling, it's screaming at you to grab the carton of ice-cream! Ha! Has this happened to you? Please tell me I'm not the only one...

Regardless, I think it's safe to say that many of us battle the nighttime sweet tooth craving. Although a little sweet treat here and there doesn't hurt, if you continue to make it a habit (and a repetitive one at that), you'll most likely find yourself frustrated, upset, disappointed, and unhappy with the decision(s) you made and the way your body feels.

So, how do we break this cycle?

First, let's break down WHY we crave sweet foods, then we'll discuss some FUN and HEALTHY alternatives! Let's go!

What are a few reasons that women crave sweet foods? 

  • Lack of substantial nourishment

  • Quenching for thirst (Yes... your body could actually be thirsty!)

  • You’re STRESSED

  • You're on your period

  • Hormone fluctuation

  • Constant eating of processed + sweetened foods (Yes... your body will begin to crave this!)

How can we conquer sweet cravings with healthy substitutions? 

  • Drink a big glass of water before eating

  • Ask yourself, "how will my body and mind feel in 30 minutes after eating this?"

  • Fill your body with nourishing "healthy" sweets + protein!

    • Apple + Almond Butter

    • Healthy Creamy Smoothie (Smoothie ideas----> HERE!)

    • Sparkling Water

    • Dark Chocolate

    • Homemade Granola Bars (Healthy recipe ideas----> HERE!)

    • Other healthy snacks (these are a few of my favorite!)

Remember, cravings happen and it's okay to enjoy every once in a while, just don't make it a regular habit. You've got this, girl.

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xoxo

~Jennifer