Whether you call them potato chips or potato crisps – we all love those little buggers.
Potato chips can form part of our daily or weekly routine without us even noticing it. We have them as a snack when we are watching sports, when we are having a braai, or simply as a quick and easy on-the-go snack.
However, since we do not actually see potato chips as food, we often forget to add them into our daily calorie count. This can have a rather large impact on our diet routines since potato chips are extremely high in refined carbohydrates, contain excess amounts of sodium, and are filled with unhealthy fats.
Even when we know all of this, we still find ourselves craving them way too often. Here are 5 easy tips on how you can curb these cravings…
Tip 1 – Identify the Triggers of These Cravings
Certain moods or situations can often be the starting point of many cravings. This often occurs when something makes us feel stressed or sad, so make sure that you are aware of such situations in order to rather find alternative ways of boosting your mood than comfort eating.
Tip 2 – Opt For a Healthier Choice
You can swop out potato chips for various healthier options, depending on what exactly you are craving.
- The Salt: Eat some nuts like almonds or walnuts
- The Crunch: Air-popped popcorn is a very healthy option if you are looking for something crunchy
- The Carbs: Baked sweet potato is high in fiber as well as vitamin A
Tip 3 – Keep Your Blood Sugar Levels Stable
A good way to make sure that your blood sugars don’t fall to such a level where you start craving everything unhealthy is to snack on healthy foods throughout the day. Make sure to always keep a healthy snack on hand so that you don’t make poor decisions when having to buy a snack as soon as your cravings hit. Good snacks are:
- Whole-wheat crackers with cheese/hummus
- Nuts like almonds and walnuts
We recommend taking the Manna Blood Sugar Support supplement with each meal to help control blood sugar levels and therefore helping to control food and sugar cravings.
Tip 4 – Keep Your Mouth Busy
Another way to keep the cravings away is by distracting yourself from them. Drinking water or chewing gum can help keep your mouth busy and distracted from cravings.
Tip 5 – Portion Control
If you find that you NEED potato chips, you can help yourself maintain moderation by pre-filling snack bags with your allowed amount of chips. This can help prevent overindulging and keep the calorie count down.