5 Healthy Plant Based Snacks to Satisfy Your Food Cravings - Nurse Kristin

5 Healthy Plant Based Snacks to Satisfy Your Food Cravings

Let’s face it, most of us deal with food cravings from time to time. Whether we crave potato chips, pizza, chocolate or cheese, there is something out there that the majority of us crave and want on occasion.

But guess what? There’s good news. There will come a day when you no longer crave these foods.

There will come a day when you drive past a fast food restaurant without even thinking about pulling into the drive-through. There will come a day when you no longer choose your grocery store based on whether or not there is a Starbucks in it so you can get your Caramel Macchiato.

There will come a day when you for real crave salads and hummus. There will even come a day when you realize that you’ve gone an entire month without eating cheese and you no longer miss it. And yes, there will also come a day when you choose a piece of fruit over ice cream because you honestly wanted that fruit more than you wanted ice cream.

It might seem far fetched but here’s the deal…

When you eat healthy food, you crave healthy food. When you eat crap food, you crave crappy food.

And once you really start to enjoy healthy plant based foods, these foods that you used to crave, the potato chips and candy bars, they are going to taste too sweet. It’s going to be too much and they will start to taste overstimulating. They won’t bring you the pleasure that they used to. It won’t taste how you remember it.

So how do you start craving healthy foods over crappy foods?

Well, eating healthy foods is a great way to begin.

“If you start eating healthy foods, will you start craving healthy foods overnight?” Probably not. But that’s okay.

It might suck at first when you give up these foods that used to give you a bit of a rush, but those foods aren’t serving you. They aren’t serving your health and I have a sneaky suspicion that when you cave into the craving, that you might not feel so great about yourself.

But here’s the good news. Each and every bit you take is a new chance. It’s a new beginning on your journey towards health.

So while your last bite might leave you feeling a little disappointed, your next bite is your next chance to feel like a rock star.

So what are some healthy snacks that you can start incorporating into your day? I’m so glad you asked.

Here is a list of My Top 5 Healthy Plant Based Snacks to Satisfy Your Food Cravings. And, there may or may not be a desert recipe added in at the end as a bonus…

 

Veggies and Dip:

One of my favorite snacks is veggies and dip. The secret to having veggies and dip actually satisfy you is to have a bad ass dip. Here are my 3 favorite dips for veggies:

Roasted Beet Hummus

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Onion Dressing

 

 

 

 

 

Ranch Dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cup of Soup:

A cup of soup is one of my personal favorite snacks. There’s just something about warm food that is so satisfying. But when having soup as a snack, it’s important to remember to have a cup of soup, not and entire bowl. I often make a big batch of soup at the start of the week so I have a pot in the fridge, ready to get heated up on those busy days. Here is one of my favorite soup’s to make:

Everyday Lentil Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu-No Salad Wrap

This is another common meal for me to make at the start of the week. I love adding this Tu-No to salads or even wrapping it up in a nice piece of Romaine Lettuce to have a Tu-No Salad Lettuce Wrap. A Tu-No Salad Lettuce Wrap makes a great little snack. You could even put about 1/4-1/3 cup of this on a piece of toast.

Tu-No Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loaded Avocado Toast

A piece of avocado toast can make a great snack. Just pop a piece of bread into the toaster and when it’s done, put a couple slices of avocado on there and your good to go! I like to jazz mine up a little and put some of the roasted beet hummus on the toast, then add the avocado, maybe a few slices of cucumber and a pinch of oregano. There are so many ways to make avocado toast. It’s kind of amazing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Piece of Fruit

Did you know that the USDA recommends that we eat at least 2 pieces of fruit each day and that according to the CDC, on average, only about 1 in 10 of American’s actually eat that much fruit each day? So, the next time you have a sweet tooth, grab an apple, grab an orange or a mango, some melon or pineapple. Bottom line, give fruit a try. Not only is it naturally sweet, but it’s also really hydrating, it’s packed with fiber and fruit is loaded with phytonutrients.  You really can’t go wrong with grabbing a piece of fruit.

 

BONUS DESERT

And as promised, here is a desert for those days when you do just want a sweet little indulgence. Nice Cream is my go to for such occasions. The trick to this is to always have ripe bananas in your freezer. The riper the banana, the sweeter the nice cream. Don’t freeze them when the peel is still a little green. Wait until there are brown spots on the peel, then peel and chop the banana into quarters, put it in a freezer bag and you will be ready to make nice cream on the fly.

Cherry Garcia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Your Health and Happiness,

Nurse Kristin

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