Snacking in between meals has gotten a bad rap and many don’t realize that eating in between meals can actually suppress your appetite – as long as you choose the right foods.
We’ve all been through the desperate stomach growls. Just after eating breakfast, our stomachs are looking in anticipation for the lunch menu. Snacking in between meals isn’t bad as long as you do it right. There are lots of snacks out there that will leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry, making you prone to eating more and packing on the pounds. The following 8 healthy snacks in this article are meant to satisfy your hunger and are a green light for healthy and nutritious.
Avocados are the “it” superfood right now and we know why. These little guys are jam packed with monounsaturated fats (the good fat) which will leave you comfortably satisfied. If you’re tired of guacamole, you can always slice an avocado and place it on top of some rye bread with a little bit of salt, pepper and/or hot sauce.
VEGGIES & HUMMUS
When you blend chickpeas, they give birth to this delicious dip called hummus. Packed with protein and low in calories, this dip is satisfying and filling especially when you pair it with your favourite veggies. If you don’t have a recipe or have no time to make your own hummus, you can always pick up a tub at the grocery store.
GREEK YOGURT WITH FRUIT
Greek yogurt is packed full of protein. It takes a while for your body to digest it, making you feel satisfied longer. Add a bit of granola, honey or fruits to the mix and you’ve got yourself a long-lasting snack.
WHOLE CHIA SEEDS
Chia seeds are packed with fiber and omega-3s. They can also hold up to 12 times their weight in water, feeding your body more H20 and in turn, allowing you to feel full longer. Sprinkling chia seeds on your hummus, yogurt or toast can add some more substance to your snack depending on how hungry you are.
This vegetable is high in fiber and has a lot of antioxidants. Whether you bake, mash, or cut them up as fries to dip in your hummus or yogurt, this snack will give you an extra boost in between lunch and dinner.
Whether you buy them frozen or in the store ready to go, edamame beans are nutritious and pack a good punch of protein, keeping them low in the calories count range. Try to avoid the ones with high sodium content and go for the natural way of boiling them in water.
Your coworkers might not enjoy the smell but a hard-boiled egg will suppress your appetite for a long time. Boil them in the beginning of the week, place them in the fridge and grab them when you’re hungry. These eggs can last up to a week after boiling and they make for a great and satisfying snack. For extra deliciousness, trying them with a sprinkle of paprika, hot sauce or eat them with your veggies.
Sometimes you think you’re hungry but really your body is growling for water. H20 is the front-runner for keeping your organs, joints, tissues and digestive system functioning like a well-oiled machine. Studies also show that those who drank two cups of water before a meal ate 75–90 calories fewer than those drank no water at all.
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