“Sometimes when there are sugar cravings, it’s often because someone is hungry, so starting with protein can be helpful,” she explains. Research shows that protein helps to moderate insulin secretion, which leads to a more gradual rise of blood sugar levels, rather than a quick spike.
This keeps you feeling fuller, longer, so those hunger cravings won’t feel quite so insatiable. Need inspiration? Registered dietitian nutritionist Jess Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN, craves creamy protein-rich foods, like hummus, Greek yogurt, and nut butters on her period.
If your cravings lean toward salty, pair the hummus with seedy crackers; and if you’re craving something sweet, opt for the peanut butter with a banana, or Greek yogurt with berries.