Ever have one of those days where you feel like no matter what you eat you’re still hungry? Well welcome to the club.
We have had plenty of those days so we know exactly what you’re going through. This is usually a result of one of two things.
Either you have an extremely active metabolism, or you aren’t eating the right type of foods. This could also happen if you have recently started a new workout program and are now burning more calories throughout the day.
If you think being hungry all the time is your new reality think again.
As long as you prioritize water, fiber and protein, finding healthy food combinations is easier than you might think.
And the best part is you never have to worry about going over your calories for the day.
Here are 7 low calorie foods that will keep you full and satisfied:
We believe oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts you can have. Not only does it taste delicious, but its full of fiber which helps your blood sugar levels stay balanced and your stomach stay full.
To prevent overeating later in the day opt for 100% whole grain oats and cook them in milk. This will give you an extra boost of protein to start your morning.
The great thing about vegetables is many of them actually help you burn calories!
Yes you read that right….
Take for instance one of our favorites, broccoli. One cup of broccoli has only 25 calories.
However, in order for your body to digest it requires 80 calories. That means you burn 55 calories just by eating a cup of broccoli.
If you’re not a fan of broccoli no problem. Other vegetables such as celery, cauliflower, zucchini and asparagus all have the same energy burning affect.
Unfortunately green smoothies tend to get a bad wrap. Most people think they taste like grass and are too difficult to make. This however couldn’t be further from the truth.
Not only can green smoothies be delicious (when prepared the right way of course), but they can also be made with 5 ingredients or less.
The typical green smoothie is made using kale, spinach, collard greens, or an assortment of other greens.
All of these greens are rich in vitamins and minerals that keep your body performing at optimal levels.
They are also rich in fiber which means they keep you feeling full without adding a ton of calories to your daily diet.
While most of us have heard of white rice and brown rice, very few of us are familiar with black rice.
Not only does black rice have fewer calories (a half a cup is only 90 calories) than both white and brown rice, but it’s also lower in carbs and loaded with fiber and antioxidants.
This flavorful grain goes perfectly with a variety of dishes including burritos, salads and soup.
Anytime you eat a meal or have a snack you should make sure you have some sort of colorful produce in the mix.
Watermelon is the perfect colorful produce because of its fiber and water content. It will fill you up without the extra calories.
It’s a sweet treat that has less than 100 calories for every two cups. It also provides you with almost half of the recommended daily dosage of vitamin C.
Beans, beans, good for your heart.
The more you eat them the more you….slim down!
If you are watching your waistline you need to make sure beans are a staple in your diet. They can provide you with an excellent source of fiber as well as keep certain diseases at bay.
Besides fiber, beans are also an excellent source of complex carbs, antioxidants and various nutrients.
The great thing about beans is they come in a variety of different flavors. You have legumes, black beans, lentils, chickpeas, edamame, black eyed peas and fava beans just to name a few.
All of these beans go great in salads, wraps and stews. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to what you can pair beans with.
Broth Based Soups
With the Paleo diet becoming more popular so have broth based soups.
According to ScienceDaily.com, individuals who eat a low calorie soup right before the main meal end up eating less food.
The next time you go to your favorite restaurant make it a point to order a broth based soup filled with veggies.
This way you will be less likely to overindulge when the main entree is served.
To save even more calories you can ask the server to put half of your entree in a to go container before bringing it to your table.
When its out of sight it will be out of mind. Even better is the fact you will have lunch already prepared for the next day.