First of all it is improtant to understand why we crave certain things. Is it a craving or just simple an idea of some food that you cannot stop thinking about. If you really crave chocolate, then it is most likely because you lack something in your diet.
If you crave: Chocolate
Your body needs: Magnesium
Chocolate has become an integrated part of our diets these days. When we are stressed out, we grab for our chocolate fix. Choco increases dopamin and serotonin, which are the bodies own feel good hormons. However, this makes chocolate addictive. Also, as soon as our dopamine levels drop again, we experience a crash, leaving us with less energy.
Therefore it is improtant to understand whatyour body actually needs. So, the nexy time you feel super stressed and/or you experience PMS, it is better to choose foods that are high in Magnesium.
Why our body needs Magnesium:
- Nerve function
- Blood sugar control
- Blood pressure regulation
- Neurotransmitter release
- Energy metabolism
Magnesium is THE mineral when it comes to nerve function. Probably you have heard the saying ”If you feel depressed, eat a banana”. But there are more options to choose from.
Top 9 Magnesium Rich Alternatives when craving Chocolate
(Men RDA 400 milligrams/Women RDA 310 milligrams a day)
Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV)
Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV)
Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV)
Yogurt or Kefir — 1 cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
Almonds — 1 ounce: 80 milligrams (20% DV)
Black Beans — ½ cup: 60 milligrams (15% DV)
Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams (15% DV)
Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams (8% DV)
So you ate the Spinach and still want chocolate?
If nothing else, but chocolate will stop your craving, then have one. There is nothing worse than to restrict yourself and forbidd a certain food in your diet. Trust me, the pure realization you cannot have one specific food, creates another form of craving.
Make sure you go for the real deal to satisfy your craving for chocolate. Do not go for any high sugar, high fiber chocolate alternatives. Best to choose for a chocolate with at least 70 % cocoa. Therefore you can also gain some additional health and beauty benefits. My best bet? Cocoa Nibs.
In case you actually just realized you were just craving something sweet
Perhaps you weren’t actually craving chocolate, rather just anything high in sugar. If that’s the case, have a look at our healthier options:
If you crave anything sweet
What your body really needs: Chromium
Healthier alternatives: Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
What your body really needs: Carbon
Healthier alternatives: Fresh fruits
What your body really needs: Phosphorus
Healthier alternatives: Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
What your body really needs: Sulfur
Healthier alternatives: Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous, vegetables, kale, cabbage
What your body really needs: Tryptophan
Healthier alternatives: Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach