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What to do when you get cravings for Salt or Salty Foods

Irina Dybkova
Irina DybkovaPublished on July 20, 2022

Unhealthy “Cravings” suck because they won’t go away until you satisfy them. They’re timing is awful like, when you decide that you want to eat clean & healthy. A craving for Salt is very common. Some of the reasons why you crave salt are; you’re pre-period, stressed or even bored. Other causes could be, lack of sleep or a lot of exercise that made you sweat more than usual. Sweeting reduces your body’s sodium levels and you begin to dehydrate but, the body senses this and responds by increasing your desire for salt.

So, some of the things you can do to curb salt cravings is drink a lot of water and use a supplement to replenish electrolytes. You can also replace salt with garlic powder, black pepper, ginger or things that are citrus flavored. If you still have cravings for salty foods, make sure you don’t touch potato chips or French fries but rather, swap them out for some of these healthy alternatives that I like.

 . Fresh potato - Potato Chips or potatoes cut like French Fries cooked in an Air Fryer 

 . Popcorn (Unsalted no butter or oil) is a guilt-free snack that will satisfy your craving for something crunchy and salty. You can add flavor to your popcorn by using different spices, garlic powder is my favorite.

 . Hummus and Cucumber. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas which are packed with protein and antioxidants but have their own salty taste. 

 . Edamame is often seasoned with a sprinkle of salt and is loaded with protein making it a perfect choice when you need something salty. 

 . Pistachios or Roasted pumpkin seeds with cottage cheese. These seeds are a very healthy and a salty tasting snack. Cottage cheese is packed with protein but also contains a good amount of sodium. This snack is one of the ones that will squash your cravings. 

 . Olives will definitely satisfy a salt craving. One of my favorite snacks is making a small plate of tomatoes and olives with a bit of cottage cheese.

 . Apples and Peanut Butter make the perfect combo, you get the crunch from the apple and a bit of saltiness from the peanut butter. 

 . Pickles supply probiotics and are full of antioxidants that’s why they’re a great food to snack on or add to a meal. (A little “did-you-know….) that you can use pickle juice to cure a hangover, a hangover that probably started the craving for salt in the first place.

 . Dried Beef Jerky is a good source of protein and is high in many vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron, vitamin B12, phosphorus, and folate. It makes a great “On-the-go” snack.

 . Mini Crisp chips (croustillés) are another low calorie gluten free snack that I like because they come in a variety of different flavors and will satisfy your cravings without adding a ton of calories to your daily total. 

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