After-work cravings

By the time I get home from work, I’m ravenously hungry. This results in me “picking” and nibbling while I throw together dinner. By the time I sit down to eat, I’ve already inhaled a meal’s worth of food!

Do you have any suggestions for keeping hunger at bay until dinner time? How do I curb my cravings for fatty things in the evening and keep dinner a healthy meal?

That’s easy. First, eat a hearty, mid-afternoon snack of low-calorie crunchy vegetables like broccoli, sweet potato, radish, cauliflower, carrot, jicama or sweet pepper. Or munch a bunch of low-fat grapes, cherries, berries, raisins, dried apricots or apples.

When you want to waylay hunger for a short time (without a lot of calorie and fat baggage), down a big, tall glass of cool water — it’s the best way to push aside hunger until dinner is ready.

Whoa! How boring is that solution? Get creative with that glass of water by adding your own favorite flavor. I splash 1/4 to 1/2 cup of my breakfast fruit juice (orange, grapefruit, cranberry, grape, apple) into a tall tumbler of water. Sometimes a flavored iced tea (mint, berry, passion fruit, lemon) contributes just the right amount of thirst-quenching flavor. The lightly flavored water should be cool, with perhaps one or two ice cubes — you’ll want to chug-a-lug this hunger-quencher.

A water-based drink will hold you over while tantalizing dinner ingredients pass through your hands. Lucky for you, it won’t wipe out your anticipation for the delicious meal ahead — it will just dull your cravings. Sometimes, anticipating dinner is better than eating dinner.

What you have in your mind?