Learnt something new today…after a few days of craving Peanuts (specifically SNICKERS) and waking up with dehydrated, pinched, dry skin, I decided to purchase a bag of salted peanuts, and a bag of salted potato crisps. After which, I decided to purchase a packet of mountain trail mix, go home stuff my face and research the nutrient content of peanuts, and salt cravings. You know in the way that when you crave chocolate apparently you’re lacking in Magnesium, that kind of thing. No really, I’m just lacking in chocolate, thanks.
Mountain Trail Mix proved a delicious substitute for the Snickers that I really wanted to buy until I remembered that a. I’m vegan, b. I really want to eat foods that don’t have sugar, or Glucose Fructose Syrup, in them, and c. I’m not even pregnant so really can’t justify giving in to this Snickers craving (in the event of however, I shall eat a Snickers, or three, every day…loudly blaming the baby).
So why the peanut cravings people? Does the lack of chicken in my diet mean I’m lacking in something? I certainly feel tired, and in need of a facial!
Ever heard of Biotin?
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that has been identified as a necessary nutrient for a century. It plays key roles in fat and sugar metabolism, has been proven to help in preventing diabetes, and is great for your skin. Best sources of Biotin are Peanuts and Tomatoes. Other good vegan sources include tofu, mushrooms, seeds, nuts and root vegetables. Yesterday I had sun-dried tomatoes for breakfast, and made a tofu-tomato-peanut stir-fry for lunch, so it sounds like Biotin is exactly what I’m lacking!
The image above is today’s dinner (still pre-research!): Stir-fried Tofu, Falafels, Peanuts, Walnuts, chilli sunflower seeds and Orange Pepper in Sun-dried Tomato Oil with Saffron.
Served with Romaine Lettuce, Chilli sauce, Tomato Chutney, Vegan Mayo, Home-made Hummus, Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, aaaannnnnnd…..drumroll please…Sun-dried Tomatoes!
Couldn’t get a better Biotin mix, unless of course I added mushrooms, milk and steak to it. Just kidding, kind of…Click here for a full list of vegan and non-vegan Biotin food sources.
Biotin is best absorbed with Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid, a little of which is found in most foods, and especially in my other favourite staple, Avocado. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=87
These vegan days, I don’t have much opportunity to eat raw egg white, but just so you know, foods containing this (Ice-cream Snickers anyone?!) will nullify your body’s ability to soak up Biotin.
Another interesting fact; if you’re feeding a baby, increasing Biotin in your diet can help to prevent their cradle cap. See this page for more info: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=42
As for the salt cravings, this article explains it really well, (ah, so that’s why I added chia seeds to my dinner today) http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14666/why-you-crave-salty-snacks-what-you-can-do-about-it.html
Am going to take a multi-vitamin, drink more water and no, am not preggo, just my body wishes it is.
PMT love, and peace 😉