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Curb Your Monthly Cravings with Feeling Beverages ...

By Heather

The dreaded monthly cravings we ladies have to deal with are such a pain, but these beverages that curb your appetite can do wonders to help fight them off. Most likely, it's just a hormonal thing that is strongly influenced by your blood sugar hormone known as insulin. To manage insulin, you'll need to be sure to actually eat a balance of proteins, complex carbs, and small amounts of fat at each meal. Beyond that, these 9 healthy beverages that curb your appetite will help get you by when nothing else works and that chocolate bar is calling your name!

1 Coffee

CoffeeA regular cup of joe will lend you only 5 calories yet it's one of the best beverages that curb your appetite of all. Coffee is chock-full of magnesium, which stabilizes your blood sugar and even prevents excess insulin from escaping into the bloodstream. Just remember, more isn't always better. More than two cups can actually have the opposite effect and make insulin skyrocket.

2 Green Tea

Green TeaGreen tea is a well-known weight loss aid due to the antioxidant compound known as EGCG, which helps to burn fat and promote weight loss. The benefits don't stop there though. Green tea is one of the best beverages to curb your appetite due to the amino acid it contains called L-theanine. L-theanine helps to reduce stress, aid in mental focus, and reduce excess cortisol that leads to weight gain.

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3 Black Tea

Black TeaBlack tea leaves are fermented and dried and as a result, they contain many health benefits that can aid in weight loss efforts. They're also a rich source of antioxidants, known as catechins, which are helpful for burning fat. I like chai tea, which is a blend of black tea, black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, fennel, and star anise. The added spices help burn fat even further and also aid in healthy digestion.

4 Crio Bru

Crio BruCrio Bru has become my absolute must-have beverage of the last year. It's basically roasted cocoa beans that you brew just like coffee. It's caffeine-free, carb-free, fat-free, and filled with antioxidants, magnesium, B vitamins, zinc, chromium (for your blood sugar), and iron. I brew a couple tablespoons with my morning coffee for a homemade mocha. It helps take away those chocolate cravings and I know it's healthy for me too!

5 Vegetable Broth

Vegetable BrothDuring those times of your monthly cycle when you feel chilled, tired, moody, sort of hungry, or even nauseous, have a cup of no salt added organic vegetable broth. I sprinkle turmeric and black pepper into mine and sip it like tea. It's incredibly comforting and really nourishing to your endocrine system. It also balances the body and helps fight off unhealthy cravings. I like Kitchen Basics and Pacific Foods brands the best.

6 Herbal Tea

Herbal TeaThere are so many delicious herbal tea blends you can choose from to fight off your cravings. Many include a blend of herbs and some even have decaf or caffeinated green and black tea added to them. Some of the best are rooibos (red tea), peppermint, chamomile, ginger, lemon, and hibiscus berry tea.

7 Green Juice

Green JuiceNow for all you healthy foodies like myself, make yourself some green juice when those cravings really hit hard! I like kale, lemon, ginger, romaine, carrot, and celery. Come up with your own blends and you might even drop some weight as a result. Just remember to add juice to your day- not replace your meals with it.

8 Healthy Chocolate Milk

Healthy Chocolate MilkCraving chocolate milk? Then have a glass but make it the healthy way instead of using dairy milk that contains refined sugar. Use unsweetened almond or coconut milk and some stevia-based cocoa flavored syrup like NuNaturals NuStevia Cocoa Syrup. It's the perfect healthy way to make your own at home!

9 Healthy Ginger Ale

Healthy Ginger AleYou can also make your own healthy ginger ale by mixing ginger, water, ice, the juice from one lemon, liquid stevia, and one tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar, ginger, and lemon burn fat and also help flush wastes from the kidneys and digestive tract to reduce bloating.

Monthly cravings are no fun but there are ways around them. Just remember to eat healthy, well-balanced meals to manage your blood sugar and don't replace meals with these beverages. Do you have a favorite healthy beverage that helps curb your appetite?

Sources: shapefit.com, livestrong.com

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