by Emy Breitenwischer, B.S. in Food Science & Nutrition, Concentration in Dietetics & Nutrition Management
Certain days we may find ourselves craving a particular type of food, such as salt, sweets or fat, etc. While some might find this “normal”, it’s actually your body telling you it’s depleted in a specific vitamin or nutrient, therefore, creating a craving. Often times we don’t really understand the specific nutrient we are lacking, so we just consume whatever craving comes to mind, which typically ends up being something unhealthy or processed. Below I have compiled a list of common cravings and healthier alternatives.
- Salty –> body needs chloride; instead of eating chips, try tomatoes, seaweed, celery or olives
- Sugar/sweets –> need chromium, sulfur, trytophan; instead of candy, cookies, pastries or muffins, try broccoli, grapes, cabbage, spinach, cauliflower, kale, sweet potatoes or beans
- Fatty foods –> calcium; instead of fast food, fries, cheese, pizza or ice cream, try broccoli, salmon, kale, almonds, spinach, green beans, or leafy greens
- Carbohydrates –> nitrogen; instead of bread or pasta, try organic lean meats, beans, peas, lentils, chia seeds, mushrooms
- Carbonated Drinks –> calcium; instead of soda, try kale, almonds, spinach, broccoli, sesame seeds
- Alcohol –> protein, calcium, potassium; instead of wine, beer or liquor, try nuts, black olives, broccoli, kale, legumes or oatmeal