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Bye Bye Cravings – How to Anticipate Your Hunger

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Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you have a hollow leg? It's as if you’re so hungry, nothing will actually satisfy it. I admittedly have, even though I try to eat many mini meals to stay away from the hunger game. My advice is to stay with lower glycemic foods that will not spike your insulin levels and will keep you satisfied for several hours. I like to start my mornings with either a protein shake or some oatmeal with protein powder sprinkled in it. Here is one of my favorite oatmeal recipes:

½ cup of old fashioned oatmeal mixed with 1 cup of low-fat milk or milk substitute, simmer on low heat. Remove from heat and add 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder and ½ tsp. of cinnamon, sweeten with natural sweetener such as stevia powder.

I also love apples and try to eat at least two small to medium apples a day. Apples contain fiber and pectin which help with cravings. Here is a great morning or anytime treat made with apples:

• 1 large apple, peeled and sliced
• 1 scoop of whey protein
• 1 cup of low-sugar vanilla yogurt
• Dash of cinnamon
• ¼ cup of quick oats

Bake apple in microwave for 3 minutes. Stir warm apple in with other ingredients in microwave safe bowl. Bake in microwave for an additional two minutes. Makes 2 servings.

Thank God for raw almonds. There are days when I go from client to client and a pack of almonds in the car or the studio holds me over until I can sit down to a heartier meal. I also love almond milk and mix up a shake to take on the road. A recent study out of England also found that whey protein can help keep you satisfied and fuel your muscles as well. Here is one of my favorites:

• 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
• 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder
• 1 tsp. of natural honey
• ½ cup of frozen strawberries

Greens and other veggies help keep my body moving right along. I like to dress my salads with healthy fats, mustard or a Greek yogurt dressing. Here are some of my favorites:

• 6 oz. can of white Albacore tuna
• 2 cups of mixed greens

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