Food & Drink

Satisfying cravings

Although I try to eat healthy foods for the most part, at that time of the month, things completely fly off the rails. Salty, fatty or sweet — if it isn’t nailed down, it’s going in my mouth. And I usually feel terrible for it.

This week I am trying to flip the script. I’ve tucked the last of the Easter chocolate out of sight and stocked up on ingredients to make some dishes that are not only full of delicious, nutritious goodness, but should satisfy my cravings too. (I mean ideally. We’ll see.)

First up: this Israeli couscous and artichoke salad with roasted tomatoes, tuna and basil. It’s in the June 2014 issue of Style At Home magazine. (The recipe’s not available online so I can’t post a link to it here, but it’s worth picking up the issue.)

couscous salad large

The couscous is dressed with a wonderfully flavourful mix of olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and chives. Lima beans and tuna give you something to chew on and pack in the protein too, and the roasted artichokes and tomatoes add some tang. Fat grilled slices of halloumi cheese are delicious served alongside, ‘tho I nearly had to sit on my hands last night to stop at just two.

The salad was so filling and satisfying that I didn’t reach for something later in the evening when I usually snack, and didn’t crave something sweet until this morning when I wolfed down two of my favourite chocolate peanut butter protein bars. Because I cannot give up my chocolate.

I’ve seen all kinds of healthified recipes for chocolate fudge and chocolate pudding made with avocado and cocoa. I’ll try one this week and let you know how it turns out. Maybe you’ve tried one? What did you think?

How do you satisfy your cravings?

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