Don’t you just hate feeling hungry when you have so much to do? That rumbling ache in the tummy makes me sooo HANGRY (hungry + angry) #storyofmylife. But thank goodness some foods exist to help us with this. Here’s what you can eat to help keep your hunger in check.
What makes a filling snack?
To put it simply, a filling snack is one that has one or more of these qualities: high fibre + high protein + healthy fats + high volume. Fibre makes you full instantly but protein and fat keeps you full for longer. High volume snacks are foods that have a great proportion of water or air, such as watermelon, which increases the feeling of fullness immediately. Here are some snacks that contain a combination of these qualities:
If avocado looked like this naturally, I’d eat it everyday. Avocados are rich in fibre and healthy fats, which take longer to digest and help keep you feeling full for longer. Seriously though, if you’re hard pressed for time, have half an avocado for breakfast. You’ll be surprised by how long it takes to be hungry again.
2. Protein trail mixes
Trail mixes which include a mixture of nuts and seeds are a perfect combination of protein, fibre and healthy fats which help you feel full for longer. Heartstrong, bean-riffic protein mix, and herb garlic garden are awesome trail mixes that will definitely fill you up.
Popcorn isn’t as unhealthy as you thought – and I don’t mean movie popcorn mind you! 😉 It’s high in fibre and more filling than snacks like potato chips and crackers. Pop your own popcorn or get have it lightly salted as the ones sold commercially contain lots of butter and sugar, which contributes to the calorie content.
Eggs are the best thing you could have for breakfast… or anytime really. It’s rich in protein and contains antioxidants that promote eye health. A study done found that having eggs for breakfast helped reduce calorie intake over a span of 36 hours.
Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna helps to keep you full as it’s high in protein and healthy fats like omega-3. Oh and they’re so tasty too! Healthy + tasty = best food ever. All hail salmon!