With the hectic-ness of studying for finals, submitting final papers, and moving out of your dorm if you live on campus, it’s easy to fall into a rut of peanut M&M’s for every meal. And I mean, who can blame you? However, summer is the perfect time to curb cravings with eating fresh, healthy foods. Although I’m no nutritionist, these are easy tips that have helped me to curb those late-night (well, honestly all hours of the day) cravings for Ben and Jerry’s and other “late-night munchies” as Taco Bell puts it. Hopefully, they’ll work for you as well!
1. Aim to Exercise At Least 30 Minutes A Day
I’m not one of those people who get the alleged endorphin highs when I exercise, but even I can manage to put in 30 minutes if I commit to it. I mean, that’s like three makeup tutorials on YouTube right? However, even exercising a bit gets me in the “healthy mindset” that makes me double think the double-stuffed Oreos.
2. Stay Hydrated with Lemon Water
Have you ever met those people who down water bottles like nobody’s business? That’s who you want to emulate. This is hard to do if you’re one of those people, like me, who believes they could subsist exclusively on matcha lattes. That being said, a cute water bottle can help. Adding lemon juice to your water, especially at breakfast, aids digestion and curbs cravings, so feel free to give that a try.
3. Don’t Forget About Your Gut!
Probiotics may seem like some abstract, irrelevant concept, but my sister (resident vegan, health-master) swears by them. As she puts it, “if your gut is happy, everything works better and you feel better.” Not too scientific, but I’ll take it. Her fav sources of probiotics are kombucha, kefir, and yogurt. I’m personally all about the pickles and natto.
4. Start with a Good Salad
Emphasis on good. They do exist! I didn’t accept this until I tried Le Pain Quotidien’s tragically discontinued goat cheese and walnut salad, but now that I’ve seen the light, I’m a believer. Starting your meal with a salad will help you get your daily intake of greens, and make you less likely to overindulge on bread and butter.
5. Nail Breakfast
As someone who prior to moving to college only knew how to cook with a microwave, I understand the struggle of cooking a real meal. Luckily, out of the three daily meals, breakfast is by far the easiest for anyone to nail. Some easy, healthy choices are oatmeal topped with fruits and seeds, acai bowls, and egg whites scrambled over spinach and chopped tomato.
6. Fiber is Your Friend
Contrary to my prior-belief, fiber is not just for old people! Fiber is wonderful since it fills you up so you don’t fall into the relatable rut of downing five bowls of cocoa crispies and wondering why you’re still starving. Some high-fiber foods are raspberries, bran muffins, bananas, apples, popcorn, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole wheat pasta and bread.
7. Get Creative with Dessert
When I studied abroad in Spain and learned that people consider fruit a dessert, I was shocked. I rebelled and secretly ate chocolate crackers after everyone fell asleep (I later learned this wasn’t so secret). However, I’ve come to accept desserts come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s best to embrace those that don’t come in the shape of an ice cream tub. A few good ones to embrace are Trader Joe’s frozen mango chunks, homemade banana ice cream, and dark chocolate.
8. If You Do Get the Late-Night Munchies, Go For Something Decent
Sometimes, you eat your salad and fiber, nail breakfast, drink lemon water, and still find yourself hungry at midnight. Instead of treating this as a free pass to eat like it’s Halloween night, go for something decent. I’m currently eating cooked mushrooms, and TBH they’re pretty good.
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