3 Simple Foods To Curb the Cravings

Do you ever get hungry at obscene hours during the afternoon and late at night? Yeah, me too. I’m a victim. Growing up, I didn’t really understand that. I thought I had a some sort of problem and no one ever taught me about how to eat properly to not have that happen.

I’m sharing my today, 3 simple foods to curb the cravings. These are foods you probably already have in your house, and if not, please go get them!

#1 Apples

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I thought this was rather interesting and I’m sharing it. The article link is on SOURCE down below.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

“Avoid extra visits to your doctor due to unbalanced blood sugar. Soluble fiber in apples, called pectin, reduces the amount of sugar and calories that’s absorbed into the bloodstream after a meal. That’s good news for folks who want to prevent type 2 diabetes, but it also makes apples one of the best snacks for dieters. Apple pectin prevents spikes in blood sugar that lead to increased fat storage. It will help you avoid the blood sugar “crash” that leaves you craving more food.

How long it will keep me satiated?
Apple pectin can keep you full for 1-2 hours.


When should I eat it?

Eat an apple before or after a meal to help keep you full faster and longer, or between meals to help keep blood sugar balanced. Consider adding apple pectin powder to yogurt, porridge/oatmeal or shakes.”

SOURCE

#2 Bell Pepper

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The fiber in bell peppers will help you get that fullness you’re looking for when you need something to help you curb those cravings.

There’s a thing called, Leptin. Ever heard of it? Well, in case you haven’t, Leptin is a hormone that is secreted from fat cells. It helps you know when you need to eat and when to stop eating. It does A LOT. Specifically, it helps to give you that feeling of fullness. When you overeat you can overtime deplete your leptin levels and therefore, the problem turns to constantly overeating and you don’t have the leptin to tell you to stop!

Bell peppers are one of my favorite foods to help restore the leptin. Even Zuzana from ZuzkaLight talks about it in her video here! Check it out to understand it more!

#3 Coconut Oil

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I love coconut oil! I put it on EVERYTHING (that I can)

One reason I love coconut oil, is that it kills those sugar cravings. Seriously, take a spoonful of coconut oil and just eat it. You’ll be fine. You might want to drink some water afterward…

Facts:

  • Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids (triglycerides). These acids produce a lot of health benefits. Coconut oil is a source of instant energy…much like sugar. But coconut oil doesn’t produce that insulin spike in your bloodstream. Saves you from the slump!
  • It feels you up rather quickly…its kinda magical.
  • Helps you lose weight! (WHAT!?) Yes. It is because of the medium-chain fatty acids in the oil. These acids are transported directly to the liver, promoting “thermogenesis” which increases the body’s metabolism. Just look into more if you are a little unsure here. I’ve been studying this for quite a long time and I always make sure I get my coconut oil in everyday. YUM

So what do you think? Do you take any of these foods daily?

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite vegetable?
  • What’s your favorite fruit?

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Experiment

I’ve been drooling over Brittany’s cauliflower pizza since she posted it, and decided I’d make it tonight! Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake also made the pizza and she said she loved it. So I had to do it!

First, I chopped and pureed the cauliflower in a blender. Then I sautéed the cauliflower.

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I did just like the directions said on Brittany’s recipe but the toppings I put were:

  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Chopped Bell peppers
  • Chopped onion
  • Feta Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Tomato Sauce

I sautéed all the vegetables first while the pizza crust was baking in the oven! Yum!

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While that was cooking, I pan-seared a small apple in coconut oil and cinnamon (Idea from Tina) and ate that with some peanut butter. I was starving because I hadn’t had anything since lunch…and it was 5:30 already.

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Then I put all the toppings on the pizza, and let that broil for a few minutes.

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And this is how it came out:

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You like?

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I think its a genius idea.

I really recommend this pizza idea to anyone out there! It tastes so delicious and I think it’s well worth the time. Plus, it is always fun trying out a new recipe, right? Even my little sister said it was the best healthy food she’s ever eaten. Laughing out loud

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I ate some of the leftover vegetables along with the pizza and had two slices plus half a piece more. Lydia (my sister) and I both did. This pizza tasted just how I thought it would and I’m pretty proud of it. YumSmile

 


This week’s runs have been really good. Wednesday I got in 5 miles plus a little bit of speed work as well and Thursday I got in 6 miles. Today has been a rest day since Ive ran all week and have 9 miles to run tomorrow! Long run Saturday comin’ right up! Whoop, whoop!

XOXO Audrey

Fishy Recipe friday

This morning, school was delayed 2 hours so I definitely slept late. I really wanted to run, but the 30 degree weather didn’t sound too appealing.

Breakfast

Instead of running, I made myself a yummy protein pancake. I love these so much! I first found out about them from Sarah. And now I just love them so much!

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On top was Greek yogurt, almond butter, and stevia mixed together. It’s a lot tastier than syrup or just almond butter.

Lunch wasn’t anything special because I was short for time and threw some vegetables together and a boiled egg. Not picture worthy.

Workout

When I got home from school, I came home, put my running clothes on, and headed out into the 55 degree weather and ran an amazing 5 miles in 45 minutes. Quite proud of myself.

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I warmed up a mile (10:30 pace always) then tried to run between 8:45-8:20 pace. By the end of my 5 miles it all averaged out to 9:00 minute pace. Happy Audrey.

Dinner

Okay, let’s get to the good stuff! I am making clean and delicious salmon cakes. I love these! And the recipe is from Kath so check it out here.

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I changed it up a bit so here’s what I did:

Ingredients

  • 2 14oz cans of salmon
  • 4 TBSP bread crumbs or flax seed
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp spicy brown mustard

Directions: Preheat oven on low broiler. Mix everything in a big bowl. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Make cakes/patties out of the mixture and you should get about 12 according to how big/small you make them.

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I love salmon so much! If I could eat it all the time, I would. I like fish in general, but salmon is definitely my all time favorite.

Okay, that’s the end of that deliciousness.

I’ve got a planned long run of 10-11 miles tomorrow and will get back with you on that plus details of my upcoming race which is exactly 1 month away from yesterday! Eek!


Question of the Day

Do you like fish? What’s your favorite type?

Anyone got a race coming up?