I’m going to give you a little insight into my life today! Last night I was up quite late. I was working quite late and so after I finished I sat down with Mr S to watch a bit of television so I could wind down. I’m sure most of you will be able to relate to what happened next, I got a ‘snack attack’. That’s right, I was hungry, it was late, but I just had to have something to eat.
Well there are some foods that just make you feel fuller for longer. These foods are more ‘satiating’. Recently some scientists and nutritionists have begun to think of foods in terms of their ‘satiety’ and how long they will keep you feeling full. Obviously last night my dinner wasn’t as filling as the dinner I had the night before and so, as it got later in the evening I started to feel hungry again.
Great examples of foods to keep you full are complex carbohydrates and proteins, so choosing whole grain versions of bread, rice and pasta will increase the likelihood you’ll feel full. Meats, nuts and eggs are some of the proteins you can choose that will have the same effect. Lentils and beans are also good in that respect.
Choosing these foods at mealtimes will decrease the likelihood you’ll need to snack, but using more filling foods in your snacks will also help you to cut down the quantities you’re snacking on too. Choosing to have a small sandwich or a handful of nuts rather than a few biscuits will make your snack more satisfying and keep you going until your next meal.
When you allow yourself to get too hungry, that is the time when you start reaching for the most accessible food, the children’s sweets, the food you can buy from the nearest shop, rather than healthy options.
So, if your goal is to lose weight, ensuring that you eat enough of the right ‘filling’ foods means that you are going to be less likely to reach for the wrong kinds of snacks that will sabotage your efforts.
Leave me a comment and let me know your favourite healthy snacks!