This is a list of my 5 favorites foods that fill you up while you trim down (or maintain a healthy diet). Feel free to share your favorites in the comment section below.
Foods that fill you up while you trim down
1. Pistachios – There are 49 pistachios in a 1 oz serving, versus 28 peanuts or 22 almonds. You can eat more for the same amount of calories other nuts have. They are also a heart healthy food, containing mono- and polyunsaturated fats which may reduce the risk of heart attacks.
Serving size: 1 oz., 49 pistachios, 160 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber; offers 20 % of your B6 and copper daily requirements, 10 % of your daily potassium and manganese. Pistachios are also a great source for phosphorus which is essential to healthy bones and teeth. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help with eye health.
2. Non starchy, fiber rich vegetables – Broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, spinach, just to name a few. These are high in fiber and water, naturally low in calories. Full of various vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants.
Here is a list of non-starchy vegetables for you to choose from.
3. Raspberries – These will also cure your sweet tooth. One cup of raspberries is only 60 calories, containing 8 grams of fiber. They are full of vitamin C which can help fight cancer by protecting cells from harmful free radicals that are thought to cause cancer.
4. Eggs – While not a magic weight loss food, they are a good addition to a low calorie, low fat diet, and a healthy energy-boosting snack in the afternoon. One hardboiled egg contains 78 calories, 5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein. Eggs are packed with a variety of nutrients including protein, zinc, iron and vitamins A, D, E and B12, and are said to keep you fuller longer.
A 2008 study conducted by the “International Journal of Obesity” found that participants who included eggs as part of a healthy eating plan reduced their body mass index significantly more than those who did not.
So go ahead and have two eggs for breakfast, just remember, if you are going to fry or scramble your eggs, add in the calories for the butter or oil.
5. Oranges – Because these beauties are full of fiber, they help you stay fuller longer. Calories vary, 1 small orange contains 45 calories, while 1 cup of wedges contains 85. Oranges are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, B Complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine and folates. They also contain a good amount of minerals such as potassium and calcium; and flavonoids such as Hesperetin, naringin naringenin, alpha and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zea-xanthin and lutein.