Following a healthy diet doesn’t mean starving yourself, sometimes it’s simply about filling up on foods that will make you feel fuller, longer. In fact, including foods like wholegrains, nuts and yoghurt into your diet, you will feel full for a longer period, thanks to their fibre and protein content. Yes, you can exist on ’empty calorie’ foods, like sugary cereals, biscuits and ice cream, but they will send your insulin levels soaring, and make you crave more sugar, now!
So, what should we be including in our diet to keep the hunger pangs at bay?
The original superfood, rich in protein and good fats, having eggs for breakfast is one of the best ways to start the day. Now that health guidelines have done an about turn, it’s now recommended that an egg a day is absolutely good for you, so eat away!
All nuts are good for you, but almonds have high levels of fibre and magnesium and are the best kind of nut to snack on throughout the day. Only eat a few at a time; they are very high in calories, and a little goes a long way!
Preach! Dark chocolate is good for you! Chocolate with a high cocoa percentage contains steric acid, which keeps you fuller, longer. Woohoo!
Super high in protein, adding beans to your lunch is the quickest route to a snack-free life. Drizzle with olive oil and mint for a quick bean salad, and decant into a lunchbox, along with some leafy greens, for lunch on the go.
A bowl of porridge is quite simply, the best meal, ever. It provides long term nutrition, because oats are a slow burning carbohydrate. They are also high in fibre and low GI, meaning that your blood sugar levels stay on the level.
Apples are slow to digest, high in soluble fibre and contain a natural sugar, pectin, which helps you to feel full. Grate over cheese on toast, or chop into some yoghurt for a snack with punch.
A favourite with sleb land, cayenne pepper is a natural appetite suppressant. It curbs your appetite AND boosts your metabolism, so sprinkle into stir fries, and over salads for a super-charged meal.
High in protein, low in fat and high in calcium, Greek Yoghurt is one of life’s natural superfoods. Include in breakfast for a protein-rich start to the day that will prevent the 11am slump.
Oily fish like as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which, besides lowering cholesterol, also increase the metabolism rate.