5 Foods To Eat On A Sugar Break
Taking a break from sugar? Fill your plate with these 5 foods to reduce sugar cravings, stay fuller longer and feel your best.
Whether you’re cutting out sugar completely, or just taking a 7-day break – the sugar withdrawal is real. Mood swings, headaches and sluggishness are a few common signs that your body is detoxing from sugar. But hunger and cravings seem to be the most difficult to get under control.
Luckily, there are a handful of foods that can help your body adjust and get your mind off sweets. Here are the five foods you should be adding to your plate during a sugar break.
When cutting out sugar, your body will crave simple carbohydrates such as bread and pasta. But research shows that complex carbs, like sweet potatoes, not only offer more nutrients but also keep your blood sugar stable. Plus, the sweetness of a sweet potato might just satisfy your sweet tooth. #win-win
Studies have found that the more protein you eat, the less likely you are to crave a tub of ice cream. Not only does protein reduce sugar cravings, but it also keeps you fuller longer. According to the Dietary Reference Intake report for macronutrients, the average adult should eat between 46-56 grams of protein per day.
(Looking for a protein-packed meal? Try this low-carb bacon cheeseburger recipe!)
Eating healthy fats like those found in avocados, has been shown to reduce cravings for sugary foods. Try starting your day with avocado toast or add a serving to your usual breakfast. If avocados aren’t your thing, there are plenty of healthy fats found in nuts, fatty fish and chia seeds.
BEANS AND LEGUMES
Beans and legumes are packed with fiber necessary for a healthy gut and proper digestion. But that’s not all… High fiber foods also help manage blood sugar levels, reduce cravings and increase feelings of fullness – perfect for those days you can’t seem to get enough to eat. So the next time a craving hits, try a serving of black beans, lentils, kidney beans or chickpeas.
Unless you’re staying away from natural sugar, fresh berries are the perfect option for a sweet tooth. They’re loaded with nutrients and fiber, and are a much healthier alternative to sugar-filled desserts. Plus, berries rich in flavonoids, such as blueberries have been shown to offer a mood boost.