If you’re looking for candy, take that as a sure sign your body wants instant energy right now.
“It’s the first thing [your body] burned through, so it’s the first thing it looks to replace,” says Jodi Geigle, coach-director at Fitmo and board-certified nutrition and wellness professional.
Instead of reaching for a pack of rainbow-colored Skittles, grab fresh fruit or make yourself a fruit-based smoothie. This ensures that you're getting other nutrients, like fiber, with your sugar, as opposed to the empty calories you find in candy.
A hankering for salty foods, like a snack-size bag of Cool Ranch Doritos, can mean your body is in need of water.
Chips don’t have a ton of nutrition to balance out all that salt, which you probably don’t need unless you just ran a marathon. If water doesn’t satisfy the craving, try popcorn for a crunchy snack with fiber, or have veggies with an oil-based dip, like a vinaigrette.
Geigle suggests a pinch of salt in your water bottle to replace electrolytes. She also likes coconut water, which is a natural source of electrolytes, including sodium and potassium.