I absolutely love sweet, salty, and crunchy junk food, and I found healthy ways to satisfy those cravings. Sweet: strawberries. Salty (sometimes crunchy too): Salad of dark green lettuces (especially arugula), English cucumber, green onions, tomatoes, grilled chicken, fresh ground black pepper,
dab of fat free and low sodium dressing or juice from whole lime. Crunchy: celery w/peanut butter, 1/4 cup or 1/2 cup (or 2-3 servings, not all at once) dry roasted and unsalted almonds, pecans, peanuts, or hazelnuts. I'm allergic to walnuts, but walnuts are another source of "crunchy" foods.
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I have discovered that if I make a salad for 10, eat as much as I want, and store the rest in the fridge, I snack on junk less. Having a prepared salad in the fridge makes it easy for me to choose the veggies over the salty/crunchy food I'm craving... grated cabbage in the salad helps!
grated cabbage in the salad helps curb my craving for crunchy foods
Many people are not aware that simply cutting your salt intake can cause you to lessen your sugar cravings.Canned vegetables have sodium, bottled salad dressings have high sodium content.Make your own vinegar and oil dressing. Cereal contains as much as 1,000 mg of sodium a serving. Keep in mind that even a mild dehydration will cause your body to crave for both salt and sugar. Drink lots of water.
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