5 Healthy Filling Foods You’re Going to Love!

If you’ve been thinking that starvation is the secret to being in tip-top shape, you better think again. The perfect diet, at least according to us, does not involve deprivation (or misery). In fact, we encourage our readers to be food enthusiasts who look forward to their next meals. However, how is it even possible to eat to get slim? The trick here is to consume foods that promote satiety. Some foods are more filling than others. The more nutritious and filling foods with very few calories are those that are packed with fiber and protein. The following are some foods that can seriously fill you up without causing any weight gain:

1. Whole Grains

Always go for 100 percent whole grains such as oatmeal and brown rice. These options are highly filling and the fiber helps balance your blood sugar levels. This makes oatmeal an excellent breakfast choice unlike your traditional sugar-laden cereals, because it stabilizes your blood sugar and helps curb unwanted cravings for the day. Add in a protein by using milk in your oatmeal or by having chicken with your brown rice.

2. Black Rice

Not a lot of people know about black rice but boy, does it pack a nutritional punch at an amazing amount of calories. Half a cup of cooked black rice will give you 90 calories versus 108 in brown rice. In addition, it’s packed with antioxidants and fiber and has very little carbohydrates compared to other rice types. Instead of having it as a main, add it to your salads, wraps and side dishes.

3. Beans

Legumes are excellent filling foods as they give you a hefty dose of fiber and protein. Research shows that they may even help prevent many diseases, apart from keeping weight off your waistline. Beans consist of complex carbs, a myriad of antioxidants, fiber and other vital nutrients. Our favorites our chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, black eyed pea, edamame, black beans and fava beans. All these options work great in salads, stews and wraps!

4. Potatoes

Despite their bad rap, potatoes are a powerful craving extinguisher. According to one study, boiled potatoes were the highest ranked filling food, among other health foods such as whole wheat bread and brown rice. People felt fuller and ate less after having them. Just make sure you either bake or boil, and not fry. Sweet potatoes are a great too!

5. Eggs

A study found that those who consumed eggs for breakfast ate fewer calories throughout the day compared to those who had a bagel. Eggs are a complete protein source, which means they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body cannot produce. These amino acids stimulate the release of hormones that help suppress your appetite and keep you satiated for long periods. Here’s a tip: Don’t throw away the yolks!

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