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My top tips for curbing sugar cravings + 2 yummy treats!

THE SCOOP ON SUGAR CRAVINGS
As I’m sure you know, humans often crave sugar the most when stressed or tired. These are moments when we are depleted either emotionally or physically. However, in order for you to kick the sugar habit, it’s important that you learn to take time out for yourself and find sources of pleasure besides food. Incorporate habits into your life that allow you to de-stress.

My top tips for curbing sugar cravings:

  • Stay hydrated. Often times when we crave sweets or food, we are thirsty more than we are hungry. Drink a glass of water and see how you feel after.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough protein and healthy fats to keep you feeling satisfied throughout the day.
  • Have some low-glycemic (sugar) fruits, like berries, green apples, and grapefruit.
  • Add root vegetables, figs or dates to your diet, which will provide you with natural sweet
  • Sprinkle cinnamon on fruit, in your smoothie or in your coffee substitute. It tastes delicious and is known to satisfy a sweet tooth craving.
  • Enjoy a cup of herbal tea with stevia.
  • Stevia is my favorite sugar substitute because it’s a natural sugar that does not lead to blood sugar imbalances.
  • Do something you love that doesn’t involve food — sometimes we need food for the soul, not just the belly.

Desirable Sgars

Quick and Healthy Snack Ideas:

  • ½ grapefruit with 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut and 1 tablespoon of tahini
  • 1 green apple with 2 tablespoons of tahini
  • Celery sticks with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed pâté
  • ½ sweet potato with 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds, a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of raw honey
  • 2 protein balls
  • 1 green juice with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • ½ cup berries with 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds with ½ grapefruit
  • ½ cup pineapple with ⅛ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ avocado with a slice of tomato and sea salt

 

Ready for my 2 yummy and healthy snack recipes?!?!?

WARM CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or another sweetener from the list above (optional)

 MIX THE INGREDIENTS. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place saucepan over low heat and add mixture. Cook over low heat until the chia seeds expand, and pudding thickens (about 10 minutes).

 

WARM APPLE SLICES WITH COCONUT CREAM

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 can coconut milk, refrigerated for several hours
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Place a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for several hours. The coconut milk fats will harden. Scoop this cream off of the top.

COMBINE THE INGREDIENTS. Add coconut oil to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the apple slices. Warm for 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to two serving bowls. Top with coconut cream (the hardened coconut milk fat), raw honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

ENJOY!

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