How to banish your sugar cravings FAST: Nutritionist reveals the five foods that will balance your levels – and the ‘powerhouse’ spice for boosting metabolism
- Nutritionist Jessica Sepel lists five essential foods to stabilise blood sugar levels
- On the list includes chicken, avocado, legumes, sweet potato and cinnamon
- She said these foods are good to eat regularly and will keep you fuller for longer
Nutritionist Jessica Sepel has revealed her top five food recommendations to help balance blood sugar levels and banish the dreaded 3pm cravings for good.
Writing on her blog, the Australian JS Health founder said it’s normal to experience moments of sugar cravings but the problem is when they occur more frequently than normal.
‘If you’re seriously struggling with these cravings, or regularly experiencing significant ups and downs in your energy levels, it might be time to consider how you can stabilise your blood sugar levels,’ she said.
Jessica mentions how it’s normal to have moments of sugar cravings but it’s essential to notice when it becomes too much (Jessica Sepel pictured above)
Chicken is a common choice for lunch or dinner as it has a high source of protein that keeps you fuller for longer.
Jessica said it’s a great type of food for supporting your blood sugar levels as it assists in stabilising glucose.
‘Including protein with each meal will do wonders for stabilising glucose, and chicken is super simple and easy to add into your daily diet,’ she said.
Jessica said chicken is a great type of food for supporting your blood sugar levels as it assists in stabilising glucose and is high in protein
If you’re after vegetarian, vegan or pescetarian options, legumes are a good option and are just as filling as chicken.
Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol and are high in beneficial minerals including iron and magnesium.
‘Legumes are a fantastic non-animal source of protein, and will really help balance your blood sugar levels.
‘Try adding lentils to a stir fry, curry or stew for a warming, comforting meal which will leave you satiated and energised for hours,’ Jessica said.
Whether you enjoy smashed avocado on toast for breakfast or in a wrap for lunch, avocados are a crowd favourite for their taste and texture.
Avocado is a good type of healthy fat that is rich in vitamins such as Vitamin C, E and K.
Jessica said healthy fruit can assist with keeping your energy levels consistent and is one of the ‘most versatile foods.’
‘Add it to breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack to help stabilise your sugar levels,’ she said.
Avocado is a good type of healthy fat that contains vitamins such as Vitamin C, E and K
Compared to regular white potatoes sweet potatoes are high in fibre and low in calories, despite having more natural flavour.
When boiled sweet potatoes are also low in glycemic index (GI) which is ideal for stabilising blood sugar levels.
The popular food can be included in a variety of meals and paired with chicken or legumes for the ultimate way to balance your body’s sugar levels.
‘Not only this, it’s super nourishing, packed with vitamins, and will keep you full and energised for ages,’ Jessica said.
When boiled sweet potatoes are also low in glycemic index (GI) which is ideal for stabilising blood sugar levels
Most people may not realise cinnamon is a beneficial spice when aiming to control sugar cravings.
It can be used when baking healthy snacks or added to smoothies, roasted vegetables and even stir fries.
Jessica describes it as a ‘powerhouse’ ingredient that can be used to reduce cravings and support your metabolism.