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HOW TO HANDLE CRAVINGS

1. Plan for a snack attack

Many of us use low blood sugar as an excuse for a mid-afternoon chocolate snack. There are plenty of alternative foods that will boost your blood sugar and energy levels. A peanut butter sandwich or a banana is much better, as it increases blood sugar gradually, rather than the quick fix hit of chocolate. Learn to anticipate your weak moments and have healthy alternatives, such as nuts or fruit.

You could even try getting your chocolate fix with a juice plus pancake or ice cream or whip some into greek yoghurt (total 0%). 

What is GI and GL?

Glycaemic index (GI) and glycaemic load (GL) provide information about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin.

The lower a food’s GI or GL, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels.
GI measures the effect of your food on blood glucose levels. It’s a rank list index for foods based on how quickly your blood sugar levels will increase after ingestion.

The GL is different as it is based on the active carbohydrate content of a normal serving of food, or around 100 grammes. So in other words, the GL tells you how much carbohydrate is in a standard serving size of food.

2. Take up exercise

It may not be as immediately satisfying as munching on a bar of chocolate, but exercise creates serotonin, a neurotransmitter which promotes feelings of happiness.

It also releases endorphins in the same way that a bar of chocolate will, only exercise is far better for you in the long run.

After a good workout, you won’t have as much need for sugar, and the same goes for sex!

3. Blood glucose levels

A low glycaemic load (GL) diet will help keep your blood sugar level balanced. The glycaemic index (GI) ranks carbohydrates according to their effect on blood glucose levels. Juice Plus shakes are Low GI. 

Low GL carbohydrates produce only small fluctuations in blood glucose levels.

Eating quality lean proteins and the right fats with low GL carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread, will make you feel full and you won’t be as likely to crave a sugar rush.

Mouthwatering Chocolate Zucchini Cake

On the look for a healthy after-school snack for the kids or for you on the go?  Zucchini (or courgette to us British!) is also available year round. This quick bread is incredibly moist and if you use a combination of applesauce and a small amount of oil it cuts down the fat content. You can cut up the loaf and pop individually-wrapped slices in the freezer for easy after-school/work snacking. This moist and cake-like chocolate zucchini bread is the perfect way to make sure you are eating your vegetables but still enjoying a sweet treat!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-40 minutes

Serves: 16

Serving size: 1 slice

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Ingredients

1¼ cup wheat flour

1¼ cup all purpose flour

¾ cup baking cocoa

¼ cup sugar

1¼ tsp baking soda

1¼ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

½ tsp baking powder

2 cups grated zucchini (approx. 2½ zucchinis)

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3 eggs, lightly beaten

8 oz vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt

2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1½ Tbsp vanilla

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Lightly coat two 8-inch bread pans with low calorie oil spray and set aside.

3. In a large mixing bowl, mix all of your dry ingredients: wheat flour, all purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.

4. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk all of your wet ingredients: mix zucchini, eggs, yogurt, applesauce and vanilla.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix, careful not to over-mix.

6. Evenly distribute batter into your two loaf pans.

7. Bake for 30-40 minutes .

8. Let cool completely on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then remove from loaf pans.

Enjoy!!

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Nutrition Information- Per Serving: (1 slice)

Calories: 112

Fat: 1g

Saturated Fat: 0g

Sodium: 132mg

Carbohydrates: 21g

Fiber: 2g

Sugar 5g

Snickers-style protein shake

I just wanted to share this really yummy recipe I had with my protein shake the other day! It tasted like a snickers bar!

Ingredients 

Organic meridian almond butter – http://www.meridianfoods.co.uk/index.asp?selection=Our%20products

Frozen and fresh banana

Juice plus chocolate complete – http://www.juiceplus.co.uk/+ct53247

It’s so easy and yummy ! And has so much nutrition in it and it is easy to have on the go and fills me up for hours….just what a busy London model needs!
Not only that this brand is gluten and wheat free, perfect for me (and it’s vegan!).

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