For everyone who’s working on their New Year’s Resolutions, here’s a great find for sticking to a healthy eating plan 🙂 Enjoy!
By Camille Noe Pagan, Glamour magazine
Anyone who’s ever walked away from the table only to be starving moments later (Chinese food, we’re looking at you) knows that certain edibles can leave you more famished than you were before you ate ’em. If you want to stay satisfied longer—a key to weight control—remember this magic trio: protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here, nutritionists’ favorite healthy filler-uppers.
Food That Keeps You Full: Eggs
For just 70 calories, an egg delivers more than 6 grams of protein, says Shelley McGuire, Ph.D., a spokesperson for the American Society for Nutrition. One study found that women who ate eggs for breakfast lost more weight than those who had bagels with the same number of calories, possibly because all that protein kept their hunger in check. The egg eaters reported more energy too!
Food That Keeps You Full: Soup
Studies show that foods containing a lot of water can keep you feeling full. And when you start a meal with soup, you activate brain signals that begin to tell you you’ve had enough to eat—so that by the time you finish your second course, you’ll be satisfied. “Go for a broth-based bowl with fiber-rich veggies like celery and spinach,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D.
Food That Keeps You Full: Avocados
Their healthy monounsaturated fats may help slow the rate at which your stomach empties, says McGuire. They’re also loaded with folate, potassium and vitamin E, and early research suggests that foods containing these nutrients may be more satiating than others.
Food That Keeps You Full: Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Seventeen grams of protein in a 6-ounce container (that’s more than you get in four slices of turkey!) means major hunger control.
Food That Keeps You Full: Oatmeal
All that filling fiber (4 grams per half-cup serving in the old-fashioned variety; 3 grams in the instant) helps this breakfast stick to your ribs. It also provides a surprising 4 to 7 grams of protein (the steel-cut kind typically has the most)—and that’s before you add milk. For extra staying power, toss in blueberries, which have 4 grams of fiber per cup.
Food That Keeps You Full: Apples
“Only 80 calories, but one can be as filling as a meal because of the 4 grams of fiber and high water content,” says Jamieson-Petonic.
Food That Keeps You Full: Beans and Lentils
Eat them and you may end up eating less of everything else. “They’re high in protein—about 7 grams per half cup—and high in complex carbohydrates, the type that take longer to break down,” says McGuire.
Food That Keeps You Full: Nuts
“They have the perfect combination of fiber, protein and fat,” says Jamieson-Petonic. The nutritionists’ faves? Walnuts, almonds and pistachios. Just stick to an ounce or less to avoid calorie overload.
Food That Makes You Hungry: Cookies, Crackers and Croissants
Steer clear of the three C’s— those processed, sugary carbs tend to cause hunger to rebound. Pick whole-grain snacks instead. (Low-fat popcorn counts!)
Food That Makes You Hungry: Alcohol
Famished after happy hour? It’s not just your willpower: Booze can spike your appetite, experts say.
Food That Makes You Hungry: Cereal
Many are high in hunger-producing sugar and little else. Look for protein and fiber like in Kashi GoLean.
Food That Makes You Hungry: “Diet” Foods
Some frozen dinners, for example, actually have too few calories and not enough filling fruits and veggies.
Definitely food for thought!! 🙂