Let’s face it, it’s hard to keep healthy and the exact right amount when there are so many delicious foods out there. If you’re a weight-conscious woman, or if you’re worried you snack too much between meals, then you should make sure you’re eating the right things that are good for you. Some foods are especially good if you’re looking to cut down on snacking and stick to a solid meal plan because they make you feel full and are appetite-suppressants. So no midday snacking if you feel like you’ve eaten a solid meal! Here are some healthy snacks which can help you out.
Oatmeal is a great breakfast choice, and you can customize it to your requirements and tastes by adding fruits, berries, nuts, and all kinds of toppings. It’s got a very thick texture from a fiber called beta-glucans. This travels quite slowly through our body and keeps us full for longer, and is also great at lowering cholesterol. It’s a win-win. Start your day with a bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit and you won’t feel hungry until lunch.
Research has shown that coffee increases the production of a hormone, which is produced in reaction to a feeling of fullness when we’ve normally eaten a lot. Don’t cancel out the good stuff with a lot of milk and sugar. Some research has even alleged that decaffeinated coffee can be better for reducing appetite, although nothing about this has been proven. So don’t feel too bad about your cup of coffee, because it has many benefits apart from just raising your energy levels (it can also help burn fat, it has essential nutrients, lowers the risk of diabetes, and so on).
Eggs are also a great breakfast food, and protein is a great way to make you feel full quickly and reduce hunger. Eating eggs in the morning is much more effective with regard to controlling your appetite than bread products. Often the calorie count can be similar, but eggs are much more protein-heavy and give you a lot of energy which is considered to be a healthy snacks. Also, who doesn’t love eggs?
Spinach is great for making you feel full and has thylakoids, which are an appetite-suppressant. You can put it in a salad or in any veggie dish you’ve already made (or even in meat dishes, if you can make it work) and you won’t find yourself tearing open a bag of chips in the afternoon or after dinner.
5) Boiled potatoes
Boiled potatoes (not fried!) can be great for a filling meal. If you cool them and make a nice dish out of them, which will make the resistance starch attractive to probiotic bacteria, so you’ll feel like you’ve eaten a good solid meal.
Apples contain soluble fiber, and eating them before a meal can be especially useful if you’re trying to reduce calorie intake during the meal. They also require a lot of chewing which prevents you from eating too much. Any and every kind of apple is good for you, so be sure to include some in your breakfast or lunch meals.
If you must snack between meals, snack on some almonds. They’re good for your memory and they contain fats which are very good for you. You can also try cashews and peanuts. Throw them in your rice dishes like pulao so you can eat them with your meals too, or put them in a fresh salad dish.
Carrots take a while to chew, and they’re water-heavy vegetables, so they’re not very high-calorie and you can make some healthy snacks with it. You can also put them in nearly everything; vegetable dishes, salads, accompaniments to a good meat-centric dinner, and so on. Raw or cooked carrots are great (although the longer you take to chew, the better it is for your appetite).
9) Green tea
Green tea supposedly helps you feel less hungry, and catecholamines which help the process along. It also helps burn fat, reduce stress and anxiety, and helps heart health. So instead of your regular milk tea in the evenings, you can replace it with some healthy green tea instead.
Yes, water can help you feel full for much longer. If you drink water before a meal you’re less likely to consume a bunch of calories. So keep drinking your eight glasses!
This isn’t to say you shouldn’t eat what you like; treats are great every now and again. But these healthy snacks can help you maintain a healthier lifestyle and prevent you from snacking on too much unhealthy stuff in between meals, and from feeling hungry when you think you’ve just eaten a full meal.