It sounds counterintuitive, but eating can help stop food cravings. Why? The foods on Bryce Wylde's dopamine shopping list are rich in a compound called tyrosine, which boosts dopamine in your brain. And dopamine, the feel-good chemical in your brain, helps suppress cravings.
The 10 foods rich in tyrosine include:
- Ricotta cheese
- Mustard greens
- Fava beans
- Dark chocolate
- Wheat germ
Bryce recommends making one of the foods the main component of every meal you have throughout the day. For example, mustard greens can be the base of your salad at lunch, and duck or chicken can be the main component in your dinner. For a snack, try ricotta on toast, and for dessert, use dark chocolate as the main ingredient.
Try these five delicious sample meals that use a combination of these protein-packed foods, which are also rich in micro-nutrients!
2 (10-oz) bags of frozen shelled edamame
1 cup vegetable broth or water
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cayenne
Freshly ground pepper
Cook edamame in boiling water until soft, about 4 to 5 minutes.
Combine the remaining ingredients with the cooked edamame in a blender and process until smooth. Depending on your desired consistency you might want to add more or less of the broth or water.
Transfer purée to a sauce pan and heat through.