It’s a struggle we all experience. Right in between meals, we get those pangs of hunger. It is not yet time for dinner, but surely we need to eat something to satisfy this hunger. But often the snack we reach for are filled with extra calories that we don’t need, and many times don’t even satisfy the hunger that you are feeling.
There are several reasons for these cravings, but the solution to them is never to snack on empty calories. To keep yourself full between meals, you can choose foods that are known to keep hunger at bay while not filling your body with extra calories. It is those unhealthy snacks and unnecessary meal additions that lead to a ballooning waistline.
Here are several foods to eat that will get your belly feeling full and satisfied without consuming too many extra calories.
Greek Yogurt – A great choice for a healthy breakfast or just a quick snack in between meals, a standard cup of Greek yogurt fills you up with roughly 17 grams of protein while having only 5 grams of sugar. Add strawberries to the yogurt to give it a little sweetness and you have yourself a healthy and satisfying meal that won’t expand your waistline. Greek yogurt has double the protein as regular yogurt and is also packed with calcium.
Oatmeal – Another healthy breakfast option, a nice bowl of oatmeal in the morning will fill you up and hopefully prevent you from snacking on unhealthy foods before lunch time. Oatmeal is so filling thanks to its high fiber content and long digestion time. Due to the fact that it soaks up liquid and thickens, oatmeal takes longer to digest, and thus holds off the pangs you would generally feel from hunger. Try not to add any sugary extras to the oatmeal as it could negate some health benefits.
Baked Potato – When looking for a healthy side to go with your dinner, look no further than the baked potato. Often derided for its high carb content, baked potatoes are actually loaded with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. These in turn make your full feeling last longer. At roughly 160 calories with the skin on, the baked potato may be enough to keep you from snacking on unhealthy desserts after dinner because you are hungry. Spice up the potato but don’t add too much butter if you want it to stay healthy to eat.
Popcorn – If you need a quick snack in between meals, grab a bowl of popcorn. Popcorn takes up a lot of room in your stomach, tricking your body into thinking you are eating more calories than you actually are and making you feel full. Three cups of air-popped popcorn is only 90 calories, and should hold you over until your next meal.
Feeling hungry does not always mean you need to take in extra calories. With these foods, you can fill up quicker without packing on the pounds.
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