We’ve all been there – that sudden moment between mealtimes when we realise that we could do with a snack. Depending on what we have nearest to us, there’s always the risk of grabbing a pastry, packet of crisps or chocolate which are often unhealthy options. Instead, you can prevent those snack attacks by eating certain foods that keep you fuller for longer!
A rule of thumb is to focus on eating foods that are as unprocessed as possible, promoting better blood sugar balance, better digestion which lead to better weight control. Here are some foods that we recommend!
Protein, Protein, Protein!
Proteins are essential for bodily functions in pretty much every way and leave us feeling fuller because their complex structures take longer to digest. If you are a breakfast person, why not make yourself a delicious omelette? There are so many ways you can tailor it to your tastes with some cheese, vegetables and other healthy ingredients. If you do need to snack, enjoy nuts to bridge the gap in a guilt-free way. For lunch or dinner, try soya alternatives with a salad.
Good grains and carbs!
Some people may think that staying away from carbs is the best way to lose or maintain weight – the truth is that our bodies need carbohydrates to keep us going and cutting these out may leave us feeling tired. Instead of cutting your intake, eat more wholegrain and complex carbohydrates – this way you are still giving your body the natural nutrition it needs, but you will lower the chances of snacking on less healthy alternatives once hunger strikes. Barley, oats, brown rice, wholemeal bread and crackers all provide more sustained release and are really flexible with your meal plans.
Beans are brilliant!
Known as one of natures ‘superfoods’ beans are one of the best sources of nutrition for us all; whatever your dietary preferences be sure to eat plenty of beans which contain both complex carbohydrates, proteins and fibre that take long to digest and are brilliantly versatile to fit in with your taste! Try out black beans, lentils, pinto beans and green beans to see which you like best and fit them in with your meals to give your body great nutrition and longer lasting satisfaction.