Many people identify as “snackers” and would rather graze all day than eat three square meals. But did you know that if your snacking habits are motivated by cravings, it could indicate a blood sugar imbalance? This type of imbalance also has an impact on your hormones.
According to Healthline, insulin resistance is more likely when you have a hormone imbalance, such as adrenal fatigue, PMS, or menopause. This is because a hormone imbalance is a type of stress on the body, and your body does not use the sugar (read: energy) in your blood efficiently.
As a result, you may experience brain fog, weight gain, moodiness, and, especially, a drop in energy later in the day.
These hormonal imbalances cause you to crave sugar for quick energy. To stabilize your blood sugar, however, reduce your sugar intake and replace it with protein and fat.
Here are 5 simple hormone-balancing snacks
You can improve your go-to snack by including fat, protein, and fiber. If you’re stuck for ideas, try one of these 5 simple hormone-balancing snacks:
1. 1/4 cup hummus with a handful of your favorite chopped vegetables
2 tablespoons sugar-free nut butter plus 4 celery sticks
3. 8 olives, 2 prosciutto slices, and cucumber slices for crunch
4. A piece of smoked salmon wrapped around 2-3 spears of cold, steamed asparagus
5. 1/4 cup Easy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Healthline encourages you to pay attention to your cravings! They are a respectable sensation, just like fatigue, thirst, or the need to relieve yourself. Your craving could be a sign of a blood sugar imbalance, which disrupts the balance of your hormones. Prepare for cravings by stocking up on your favorite hormone-balancing snacks.
Just remember to include fat, protein, and fiber in your snack, and it will help you balance your blood sugar, hormones, and taste buds!
Written by Ncumisa Lerato Kunana.
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