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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is back for its monthly dues, which means there are many symptoms in store for you, including unhealthy cravings. Consuming unhealthy food during PMS is actually a detriment to the monthly medical condition. You must be mindful of what you eat during this period because it does effect you in critical ways. There are many ways to satisfy your cravings during PMS without consuming junk food. Yes, this means that it is time for you to drop that chocolate bar and pick up a granola bar instead.

Complex carbohydrates, such as fruits and whole grains, during PMS are actually better for you. According to PMS 101, “research has shown that increasing complex carbohydrates before menstruation helps increase the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a deficiency of which has been linked to PMS-related depression.” Eating healthier food will actually help decrease certain symptoms caused by PMS.

This case is actually the opposite for simple carbohydrates and refined foods, such as candy and soda. Instead, there is an increase in certain PMS symptoms. However, not only will your PMS symptoms increase, but you are also risking your health by consuming food that is not good for you. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle during PMS, focus only on eating foods that will provide your body with the necessary nutrients and energy that it needs.

A great way to choose healthy snacks during this time of the month is by focusing on snacks that satisfy the five food groups. Finding a snack that incorporates the five food groups and satisfies your cravings at the same time may seem difficult to do, but it is actually quite easy.

Here are a few fun and simple snack recipes that you can make for your PMS cravings.

Brown Rice Cakes covered with Melted Dark Chocolate and Strawberries:

This sweet snack will have your taste buds jumping for joy. This snack also has ingredients that are a part of two food groups. Dark chocolate may not be a part of the five food groups, but eating dark chocolate is actually beneficial.

Ingredients

-5 Organic Dark Chocolate Bars

-3 Brown Rice Cakes

-3/4 cup Diced Strawberries

Directions

  1. Melt the chocolate bar by using a double boiler.
  2. Pour chocolate on top of 3 rice cakes, making sure the entire top is covered in chocolate.
  3. Add diced strawberries on top, and enjoy your treat!

Baked Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips:

This treat will surely satisfy your sweet tooth! The good thing about this snack is if you are not craving anything sweet, you can eliminate the cinnamon and use sea salt instead. This also in is a part of one the five food groups.

Ingredients

-2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

-1 Tbsp olive oil

-1 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes, single layered, onto two baking sheets and toss with oil and cinnamon.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping them halfway through the baking time, until golden and crisp. Enjoy!

Blue Cheese Greek Yogurt Dip:

You can dip anything, from celery sticks to sea salt sweet potato chips, into this delicious treat. This yummy blue cheese delight is a perfect way to satisfy your savory cravings without consuming anything unhealthy because it is a part of a food group.

Ingredients

-1 cup plain greek yogurt

-2 Tbsp low fat mayonnaise

-1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

-2 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

-3 Tbsp minced chives

-1 minced clove garlic

Directions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until well blended. Refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Serve with vegetables, chips, or anything you like. Enjoy!

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