When you take a drink of your favorite sugary coffee beverage, enjoy a delicious bite of cake, or indulge in your favorite pasta, you trigger a dopamine release in your body that’s similar to when you’re listening to your favorite music or falling in love. This release creates a positive association with that trigger in your brain—or what is commonly known as a "sweet tooth"—causing you to crave sugar. Sugar tastes good, it makes you feel good in the moment, so you want more. Yet, sugar doesn't offer any real benefits to your health.
You might be looking to reduce your sugar intake to prevent health issues such as obesity and diabetes, or perhaps you’re trying to lose weight. Whatever your reason, the following tips can help you kick your sugar cravings to the curb and improve your overall health.
Avoid Simple Carbohydrates
Highly processed foods like white bread and pasta can cause a spike in blood sugar and increase sugar cravings. You can keep your blood sugar more level by choosing alternatives with whole grains or eliminating gains altogether. For example, this Healthy Choice® Chicken Marinara Power Bowl subs in grain-free riced cauliflower, adding even more flavor and nutrients to a dish you’re sure to love. And yes, Italian food is still on the table (literally). This Basil Pesto Chicken Power Bowl packs all the old-world, comforting flavor you love into a healthier, low-carb meal that will keep your blood sugar low and enjoyment high!
Fill Up on Protein
Another way to curb sugar cravings is to fill up on lean protein, which balances blood sugar—reducing cravings and helping you feel full for a long time. Try Birds Eye® Voila!® Balsamic Glazed Chicken for a protein- and veggie-filled meal your whole family will love. Healthy Choice® also has several quick, satisfying meals that include lean meat and tangy, slightly sweet sauces. The Chicken & Vegetable Stir Fry features a feel-good blend of vegetables, plus 40% of your daily protein.
Add Healthy Fats to Your Diet
Like protein, healthy fats help satiate your appetite, keeping you from reaching for starchy and sugary items that only increase cravings. Healthy fats are found in lean protein, eggs, nuts, avocados, and fatty fish like salmon. They’re great for simple snacks, like hard-boiled eggs or almonds, as well as main meals. This recipe for Pan-Seared Salmon with Guacamole offers a tasty lunch or dinner option you can whip up in less than an hour.