Decode the food craving: Top revision snack swaps

20 May 2019,
By Unite Students, Staff writer at The Common Room

Ever wondered what your body really wants when cravings kick in?

Your head's saying chocolate, but what you really need is something else.

Here are five healthy snack swaps to help you power through exam season.

1) Milk chocolate

What you're actually craving... magnesium.

Why should I cut down? It's high in sugar and fat.

Healthy swap: Nuts and seeds are high in magnesium, but dark chocolate is a good alternative as it's low in fat and contains antioxidants.

2) Ice cream

What you're actually craving... sugar and calcium.

Why should I cut down? It's high in refined sugar and fat.

Healthy swap: Greek yoghurt and honey. Honey contains antioxidants and natural sugars while yoghurt has calcium and good bacteria, which helps you to de-bloat.

3) Sweets

What you're actually craving... sugar.

Why should I cut down? They're high in refined sugar and additives. The more of these you eat, the more you crave them.

Healthy swap: Grapes contain natural sugars and are handy to snack on. Apple with nut butter is another great afternoon energy booster.

4) Crisps

What you're actually craving... salt.

Why should I cut down? They're high in salt, fat and additives.

Healthy swap: Lightly salted popcorn is similar in taste and texture. But try unsalted nuts first, as it could just be the crunch you crave.

5) White bread and pasta

What you're actually craving... serotonin.

Why should I cut down? They're high in sugar and calories. Although not technically bad for you, too many white carbs can leave you feeling sluggish.

But, remember...

... a little indulgence is good for you too, now and again.

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By Unite Students
Staff writer at The Common Room