• Anya

Afternoon Food Cravings Explained (and 20 snack ideas to fight them)

Updated: Jul 12

Can't fight your afternoon food cravings? These tasty snacks should help.

Who hasn’t experienced afternoon food cravings at least once in their life?

They usually happen at around 15:00. You go to the kitchen planning to make a cup of tea (trying to be reasonable) but end up with a slice of cake on your plate, and you’ll probably top it off with a chocolate bar.

Next thing you know, you’re in a food coma and you feel bad about yourself.

We’ve all been there. And, it’s easy to blame yourself and think you’re weak for falling for food cravings, but the truth is… it’s not always your fault.

Often, our body is actually feeling hungry and it’s important to refuel it. And, when that happens, I’m going to give you 20 healthy recipes you can use to beat those cravings. But before that, let’s look into why afternoon cravings happen in the first place.

The Science Behind Food Cravings

Your body doesn’t look for it’s afternoon fix of carbs or sugar because you’re being greedy.

The reasons behind your afternoon cravings are, in fact, physiological. There are many reasons why you need to eat in the afternoon including:

1. Lack of sleep

Ever noticed how junk food is more tempting when you’re sleep deprived? Science may have an explanation and it lies in your hormones.

Leptin and ghrelin are hormones which regulate your hunger. Leptin levels (which inhibit your hunger) drop when you’re sleep deprived and ghrelin rises making you feel hungrier making it harder to control your food cravings.

2. Not eating enough

Do you usually skip breakfast? Or maybe you always have light lunches because you’re on a diet?