April 1, 2011
Los Angeles, California
Dear Chef Mary,
I have a huge sweet tooth! Any suggestions to curb my afternoon chocolate cravings?
Chocolate cravings are typical in the afternoon because you’re usually full and sleepy from lunch. The chocolate kick and sugar blast gives us a little extra energy to make it through the next few hours before we get our second wind. If you’re craving chocolate, turn to dark chocolate. It’s a great afternoon treat.
Dark chocolate has antioxidants that your body needs and craves but, remember, a little goes a long way. If you’re looking for other options you can keep stashed in your drawer, try a few of the items listed below:
- Extra’s Dessert Delight Gum; mint chocolate chip flavor
- Trader Joe’s antioxidant trail mix with some dark chocolate chips mixed in
- Peanut butter and bananas
- Graham crackers
- Kashi TLC chewy granola bars; honey almond flax
- Low fat brown cow yogurt
- Nabisco’s 100 calorie pack cookies
- Ginger snaps
- Newman-O’s crème sandwiches
10. York peppermint patties
It’s about moderation and the best way to enjoy delicious sugary treats is to add a protein like almonds and a fruit like an apple or vegetable like celery sticks. By eating the combo, you’ll cut down on the amount of sweets you’ll eat, plus you’ll stay full longer without having a sugar crash half an hour later.
Other things that might bring on a chocolate or salty craving is a heavy lunch, which makes you sleepy, lack of water, which can make you feel light headed, insufficient calorie intake, which can make you shaky and, last but not least, stress, which has many different ways it can impact you. Before you dig into a giant bowl of M & M’s, take your day into consideration and fill your body with what it really needs, before you fill it up on what’s easiest.
Jessica, by assessing your day, you might find that you’re body is really craving other things but the easiest thing to grab is chocolate. Good Luck!
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