Sometimes we have strong cravings for junk foods or our regular diets just don’t leave us feeling satisfied.
7 quick healthy recipes to satisfy ANY food craving and help us feel fuller for longer
1. Almond salad.
Adding chopped almonds to any type of salad can help curb appetite. Almonds are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium. Studies presented at the 2006 Obesity Society Annual Scientific Meeting show that almonds increase feelings of fullness and can aid people with weight loss.
2. Tomato and basil omlette
Eggs have been shown to reduce hunger over a period of 24hours. For a quick vegetable omlette add 3 eggs into an olive oil based pan, add 2 sprigs of fresh basil and a small handful of cherry tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt onto the omlette whilst slowly moving the contents around the pan for 2-3 minutes. Once the omlette is cooked, add a small spoonful of marmite or tomato pure for a tasty fulfilling meal.
3. Bangers & Mash (sweet potato)
Along with being a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, sweet potatoes contain a starch, which resists digestive enzymes, and this helps you feel fuller for longer. You can buy your sweet potato pre-mashed or you can mash it yourself. Get yourself some turkey sausages and grill them for 3-4 minutes each side, once the sausages are cooked you have a classic meal that will leave you feeling satisfied.
4. Chocolate and coffee (dark chocolate)
Dark chocolate contains steric acid, which helps slow digestion in order to help you feel fuller for longer. Coffee has been shown to boost metabolism and suppress appetite. Combining the two together makes for a guilt free treat whilst trying to shed a few extra pounds.
5. Oatmeal mixed with whey protein
Oatmeal is slowly digested, and therefore it can keep you feeling full for long periods of time. This is due to the suppression of the hunger hormone (Ghrelin). Recent studies have shown that consuming whey protein can aid weight loss by decreasing hunger as well as managing blood glucose levels. Try mixing the two together with hot water, then leave it in the fridge over night as this helps increase the size of the oats. You now have a tasty quick meal to eat at anytime of the day.
6. Salmon fishcakes
Salmon is naturally high in omega-3 fatty acids. This helps increase the amount of Leptin in the body which, helps to suppress hunger. To make salmon fish cakes create a mash like paste from peas, sweet potato and lemon zest. Spread the mash paste onto the salmon then carefully place the fishcakes onto an olive oil based pan, then cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. Fishcakes can be used as a quick snack or as part of a main meal with a side serving of rice and vegetables.
7. Greek Fruit Yogurt
Greek yogurt is extremely high in protein, and therefore it takes longer to digest as opposed to regular yogurt. The texture of Greek yogurt is thick and creamy which can trick the body into feeling fuller. For a Greek fruit yogurt, add fruits with low fructose content such as mangos and berries. This quick meal gives you a health kick which is full of anti oxidants along with keeping your body fuller for longer.
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