Eating well balanced meals throughout the day are very important, but so are healthy snacks in order to maintain your figure as well as your health. Whether you’re just trying to eat healthier or trying to reach your weight loss goal, curbing your appetite and cravings are important to reach your goals faster. Sometimes you just need to snack on something in order to keep you from rummaging through all the junk food in your pantry. Focus on eating natural fibers, protein and healthy fat to help you stay fuller for a longer period of time. Here are 5 great snacks to curb your hunger.
Almonds: For all you nut-lovers out there, this is a snack you should be thrilled about! Almonds are filled with vitamin E, antioxidants and magnesium. But just because they’re a great source of nutrition doesn’t mean that you should overindulge. Simply taking a handful is plenty to increase your state of fullness and inevitably will help you manage your weight as well as lose excess weight.
Avocados: This is one of my favorite foods to eat whether its part of a meal or just as a snack. Avocados are a great source of fiber and healthy monounsaturated fat, which is what gives them their appetizing creamy texture. The healthy fats and fiber are also what help suppress your appetite because it takes longer for your body to digest it.
If you don’t like eating an avocado as is, you can always add it to a salad with a low fat dressing like balsamic vinaigrette. If you don’t feel like making too much of a meal out of it, then try pouring a tiny bit of low sodium soy sauce on it and sprinkle some chopped scallions. You’d be surprised by how delectable this snack is!
Apples: An apple a day does not only “keep the doctor away” but it also keeps your cravings away. Apples are filled with soluble fiber, which helps you feel full. Unlike other fruits, apples are substantially denser and, therefore, requires more chewing which slows down your eating and gives your brain more time to realize that you’re full. There is nothing more refreshing than taking a huge bite out of a juicy apple.
Soup: This may not be your first thought when wondering what you should snack on, but it makes a great appetite suppressant. A hot broth-like soup can trick your mind into thinking you’re having a meal even through you’re just snacking on a cup between meals. A cup of vegetable soup or chicken broth based soup is usually around 100 calories or less and will help you portion size. Add some chunky veggies like celery and carrots to give yourself something to chew on to trick your body into thinking you’re eating something with more substance.
Cottage Cheese: This is probably one of the more popular snacks. Cottage cheese is packed with protein, calcium, and vitamin B-12. Most people enjoy cottage cheese with some sliced fruits, but if you prefer to have a savory snack, crack some fresh black pepper and eat it as a veggie dip.