As Camille will tell you, my “screw it” food is always bread. I look for quality ingredients and whole grains–but there it is. Bread makes my life exponentially better.
Along with indulgences, we all have a healthy craving or two. For example, I’m an apple girl. I eat one almost every morning. I love the pop of sweetness, and I find it keeps me going through those first few hours. I’m not alone with this: Penn State researchers have found that people who eat a whole apple before a meal actually consume 15% fewer calories in that meal than those who don’t (or, even, those who have something else beforehand). The going theory is that the high water and fiber content fill you up–and keep you sated.
My dad’s default is turmeric (a big cancer-fighter). He bakes a little into his bread loaves. Scientists at Tufts University found that people who were given even just a little turmeric experienced less weight gain and lower cholesterol than those who ate exact same diet, save for the turmeric supplementation. What about you? Got a favorite healthful food you find filling and delicious?