11 Foods That'll Stop Your Sugar Craving In Its Tracks

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We’re all about cutting out sugar, but sometimes, cravings can be tough to ignore. With that in mind, we asked Filippa Salomonsson, the author of Sugar Detox: Three Weeks to a Healthier, Happier, More Balanced Life, for her top foods to bust a sugar craving, stat. Here are her picks.

1. Chia seeds

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Chia can absorb up to 10 times their own weight in liquid, so they make you feel full quickly. This seed will help prevent overeating and snacking.

Try this: Want to learn more about chia? Here's how to use these tiny seeds to make cookies, jam, breakfast, and more.

2. Spirulina

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Spirulina is a superfood is so many ways, especially in regards to cravings. It is the most digestible protein that quickly satisfies hunger. It also delivers a variety of vitamins and minerals that help your body make more energy.

Try this: This spirulina quinoa superfood salad will become your favorite sugar-busting dinner in no time.

3. Coconut oil

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Coconut oil has a slightly sweet taste. It slows down the release of glucose into the blood, which gives you a longer feeling of satisfaction.

Try this: Blend up a coconut-oil-spiked turmeric latte—it's the perfect post-dinner drink to stop any sugar cravings in their tracks.

4. Flaxseeds

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Ground flaxseeds contain fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer. They can also reduce candida symptoms, which is a major cause of sugar cravings.

Try this: Ready for a bread that'll blow your mind? This version uses flaxseeds for a gluten-free base. Slather some almond butter on top, eat as a midafternoon snack, and watch your 3 p.m. slump disappear.

5. Bee pollen

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Bee pollen gives you a natural energetic boost. It contains L-glutamine, which is a key nutrient in helping to reduce sugar cravings and stabilizing blood sugar.

Try this: This bright yellow turmeric and bee pollen smoothie is a sunny way to start your day on a sugar-free note.

6. Quinoa

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Quinoa contains the mineral magnesium. A deficiency in magnesium might the be reason you have sugar cravings in the first place!

Try this: A quinoa fried rice for dinner will let you go to bed feeling super satisfied, no dessert necessary.

7. Garlic

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Garlic is a great palate distraction. If you crave sugar, try eating a meal with garlic and wait for 30 minutes before reaching for sweets.

Try this: This garlic naan is—no joke—gluten free. Do as we do and eat it daily with some curried vegetables.

8. Poppy seeds

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Poppy seeds contain zinc. A deficiency in this mineral can lead to sugar cravings. Sprinkle on Greek yogurt for a satisfying snack.

Try this: This lemon poppy seed bread is made with coconut flour and psyllium husk. You could bring it to a party and have something sweet to eat while everyone else is noshing on sugar!

9. Salmon

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Salmon is rich in glutamine, an amino acid that helps reduce cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. Glutamine has stabilizing effects on blood sugar levels.

Try this: This dinner is ready in less than 15 minutes—you could be ready to eat before your (often sugar-laden) takeout would even arrive!

10. Nutritional yeast

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Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of protein and B vitamins, which will help balance out blood sugar and help reduce cravings.

Try this: Use these cheesy-flavored flakes to make a Caesar salad dressing that feels satiating, creamy, and indulgent—but is actually completely healthy.

11. Sea salt

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Unrefined salt contains trace elements and minerals necessary for optimal health including magnesium, which moderates blood glucose levels.

Try this: Whenever you make a smoothie, throw in a pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt. It'll bring the flavor to life so you can use less fruit, and it'll help you get those trace minerals in!

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