Healthy Snacks That Fill You Up
One of the biggest issues people have with their dieting programs is the inability to stick to a commitment. Often we feel so hungry while we’re dieting that we end up eating snacks and junk food we shouldn’t eat between the meals, which only ends up negating the weight loss sought to be achieved by the diet.
Which is why it’s important to have low calorie meals and healthy snacks – foods that fill you up. We discuss some of the foods that fill you up, that are healthy, delicious, sumptuous, fulfilling and don’t let you feel hungry for hours after having them.
You may have these low calorie foods, as much as you’d like to, without ever gaining in weight. Read on to know more about them.
8 Filling Healthy Foods and Snacks
Wheat berries, which are nothing but whole wheat kernels, are extremely rich in protein and fiber. Protein adds to the physical strength, while fiber improves the digestion and suppresses the appetite – and the combination of both makes wheat berries stand out among foods that fill you up.
Eggs are an integral part of any healthy breakfast. Eggs are rich in lean proteins, which are so important for healthy muscular growth, and a strong, fit and lean body.
Studies have found that having eggs rather than other substitutes such as a bagel for breakfast would cut down your calorie consumption by over 300 calories a day. Plus, eggs are foods that fill you up, more than any other.
Potatoes? Aren’t they fattening, don’t they have lots of carbs? Well, potatoes are indeed rich in carbs, but they have what are known as “good carbs”…carbs that are good for your health, especially your heart, leave you with a plenty of energy and are fulfilling.
Potatoes are highly satiating, and you don’t feel hungry for hours after having them. And they’re rich in vital vitamins, fiber and several other important nutrients that our body can’t do without.
Yogurt has amazing weight loss properties, it fills you up, keeps the blood sugar level healthy and consumes a negligible amount of calories. Among yogurts, you might consider having Greek yogurt, as it has twice the protein, which the ordinary yogurt has and half the sugar.
Here’s what’s so great about bean soup – it has a very high water content, is rich in fiber and good carbs that are slow to break down (starch), and fill you up, while adding only a few calories.
A cup of bean soup leaves you satiated for hours and has only 150 calories – which is why when on a weight loss program, bean soup is highly recommended.
One mistake many weight loss diets make is to suggest eating only the egg white and to throw away the yolk as the egg yolk is rich in fats.
This is wrong, as the egg yolk has at least 45% of the egg’s protein, and is extremely healthy. Throwing the yolk away is leaving the best part of the egg out of your diet. Not a smart thing to do at all!
Always have popcorns when watching a movie or a football game as they are low on calories, leave you full and satiated and you’d lose the hunger pangs to have something else.
We’ve all been told about the miraculous properties of apple since childhood, and it’s all true. Apples have pectin – which fills you up by naturally slowing down digestion.
Apple leaves you satiated more than any other fruit, and costs only a few calories. It’s a high energy, low calorie, very fulfilling fruit which you should have as a part of your snacks.
For added effect, you could try adding apples to your breakfast, if you’re having oatmeal, or to lunch, if you’re having a salad or a healthy sandwich.
Oatmeal makes the ideal breakfast as it’s rich in fiber, is difficult to break down by the body, which slows down the digestive process, and leaves you feeling less hungry.
Plus, it doesn’t leave with with too many calories. To make your oatmeal particularly healthy, have half a dozen almonds and other super healthy nuts along with it during breakfast. Almonds are rich in protein, have healthy unsaturated fats and are really good for weight loss.