You know the feeling all too well — 3pm rolls around and you would do anything for a sweet treat or a bag of chips. Sure, giving in to the craving will provide you with a very temporary satisfaction, but only a little while later, you'll be feeling lethargic, tired and maybe even bloated. A day or two later, that decision might even be responsible for that pesky zit that shows up!

As a nutritionist, I often get asked for recipes that will kick a craving, but that are good for you, too. Here are three of my favorites:

Faux Ice Cream

Originally made popular by Choosing Raw, this recipe is every nutritionist's best kept secret. All you need is one frozen banana, a food processor and about 30 seconds

Ingredients

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  • 1 frozen banana

Optional additions

  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder or nibs
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter

Preparation

  1. Place the chopped banana in the food processor and process until it turns into a soft serve consistency (about 30 seconds). Don't be put off by the fact that it takes a while to become the right consistency, and is very loud!

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chia pudding is another nutritionist go-to for cravings, and it is becoming more and more popular. The chia is incredible for digestion, and the raw cacao in the recipe gives it a rich chocolatey flavour.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 - 1 cup berries (raspberries are great)
  • tiny bit of stevia (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix well. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes while it forms a 'pudding' like consistency.

Cheezy Kale Chips

The best part of these kale chips is you don't even need a dehydrator. They can be made with an oven, and completely satisfy that salty craving.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch curly green kale
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • sprinkling of salt
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 275ºF.
  2. Remove the leaves of kale from the stems, and break into small pieces.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients separately in a bowl and then toss the kale in with them, massaging it with your hands.
  4. Spread out on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper, ensuring that the kale is nicely spread out and not overlapping, as it will not get as crispy.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, and flip it and bake for another 15-20, or until kale is crispy.
  6. To keep them crisp over the next couple of days, store them in a sealed Tupperware container out of the fridge. The coolness of the fridge can make them soggy.
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