What Do You Do When You’re Craving Sugar?

Sliced Apple and Cinnamon

We’ve all had those days when you’re craving sugar so badly that nothing seems to help. The usual distractions are just not working, and you really want a chocolate brownie or ice cream. Here are some recipes garnered from our team of Health Coaches to help you overcome sugar cravings and make a healthier choice:

1. Bake a sweet potato and serve with a pat of grass-fed butter or coconut oil and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

2. Roast a selection of root vegetables such as fennel, carrots, onions, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. Roasting brings out their sweetness. You can eat as is or add to a leafy green salad.

3. Brew yourself a cup of fruity herbal tea, which is naturally sweet. Drink hot or allow to chill and serve over ice or once cool, pour into ice pop molds and freeze for a healthy iced treat.

4. Whip up a Be Well protein smoothie, (my favorite is the Chocolate Whey) add a small slice of avocado, (these healthy fats will keep you feeling satisfied), ½ cup organic blueberries, 6- 8 oz unsweetened coconut milk, a few ice cubes and blend till creamy.

5. Chilled coconut water is slightly sweet and often does the job.  It also makes a delicious homemade ice pop.

6. Chop up a small apple or pear into small dice and sauté in grass-fed butter or coconut oil till soft. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy.

7. One of our all time favorites is a chia seed pudding. Chill a can of full cream coconut milk overnight in the fridge.  To make the pudding, scoop off just the “cream” that is on top and place in a blender, add 2 TBS chia seeds, 3 TBS unsweetened cocoa and stevia to taste. Blend till smooth and thick. Keeps in the fridge for about 2 days.

8. Not your mother’s almond butter on a celery stick: Mix together 4 TBS almond butter, 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, ½ teaspoon maple syrup, salt and cinnamon to taste. Spread on celery sticks.

9. Slice an apple and spread with coconut butter and cinnamon.

10. A handful of cocoa nibs can also be nice to nibble on.

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  • Jenny

    I crave gummy candies. They have some gummy candies at whole foods that are very hard for me to resist. They are not healthy. Do you have any suggestions to beat this craving? Thank you.

  • ????

    Completely unrealistic

  • Anonymous

    Hi Jenny,

    A serving of dried fruit may be helpful for you, something like dried mango without added sugar. However, dried fruit has a lot of natural sugar, so be sure to be mindful of portions.

    Also, Elana’s Pantry has a great recipe for all natural gummy’s that you may want to check out! http://www.elanaspantry.com/gummy-bears/

    Be Well,
    Jackie, Be Well Coach

  • Sare K

    genius! well, it helped me.

    This might be odd but growing up I also loved eating eggs and dates and its amazing with coconut oil. great way to get full and satisfy all cravings.

  • Hummingbird

    I had the same problem! Glad I’m not alone. Took me a while to get away from the gummy bear thing, I was eating them everyday and put on some weight. Upping my protein (healthy protein) intake helped a lot with the gummy bear cravings. Now I stay away from them completely, or I’m afraid I’d start it all up again. Good luck!