Shhh…Shut upÂ Stomach!
Without a doubt, hunger is one of the biggest obstacles to dieting success. Frequent cravings, eating out, and fast food can make eating healthy pretty difficult.
But if youâ€™re smart about things, you can totally make choices that not only keep you feeling full, but also help you burn extra calories and fat in the process. Eating healthy shouldnâ€™t leave you feeling unsatisfied. Over time, that lack of satisfaction is going to spell disaster for any health and fitness goal.
If you want to quiet those cravings and still feel good about yourself, these are some great items to start including in your diet today.
5 Healthy Foods to Keep You Satisfied
Fiber is one of the most filling ingredients to look for, and lentils are super high in fiber with over 60% of your daily recommended intake per cup. Lentils are also really high in protein, which is another satisfying and filling ingredient, and if youâ€™re vegan or vegetarian, they qualify as a pretty healthy option. Served hot or cold, they can be used in salads, mixed with rice, or incorporated into a soup or stew.
Both protein and fiber keep you full because they take longer to digest. Fiber is especially satisfying because it actually expands in your stomach!
Split peas are similar to lentils when it comes to fiber content, and they also have a decent dose of protein. They work really well in a soup, or can be added to stews, burgers, and even hummus for some additional flavor.
Beans are also incredibly filling, and theyâ€™re packed full of hearty flavor. High in fiber and protein, they have everything you need to stay happy and satisfied. They work well in soups, veggie burgers, or side dishes to a meal.
For one of my favorite recipes using beans, check out my Healthy Chili Recipe here. And feel free to switch out the black beans with white beans or kidney beans.
In just one cup of broccoli youâ€™ll get about one third of your daily recommended fiber intake, so it will totally keep you full. Add to this the natural detoxifying properties and the high antioxidant content, and youâ€™ll be feeling great! If youâ€™re not a fan of the taste of broccoli, try blending it into a tomato sauce, adding it to soup or chili, or melting some low fat mozzarella cheese on top.
If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth at the same time, go for raspberries. Theyâ€™re high in fiber and will totally rid you of your sugar cravings. They can be added to a smoothie with one of my Best Protein Supplements to keep you satisfied even longer, or eaten as a late night snack. They also contain antioxidants and other natural properties to help you lose weight.
For more great foods that support a healthy diet and keep you full, check out my article on the Top 5 Super Foods for Weight Loss. There are so many options!
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