Foods That Can Help Fill You Up
Eggs. Protein is more filling than fat or carbohydrate, and a single egg provides almost 7 grams of protein for less than 70 calories. If you choose to have the whites only, each egg white gives you about 3 grams of protein for only about 20 calories. And eggs are super-versatile for both main dishes and as snacks. Make it even more filling: Add vegetables. Their water and fiber content will help fill you up. Add veggies to an omelet, or slice a hard-boiled egg onto some fresh tomato slices for a filling snack.
Oatmeal. Oatmeal is a rich source of soluble fiber, which swells up and thickens when it comes in contact with liquid. Soluble fiber makes food more filling and slows digestion time. A small portion of oatmeal makes a really filling snack. Make it even more filling: Combine your oatmeal with protein and/or a healthy fat. Try cooking rolled oats in milk or soy milk, then stir in some protein powder once it’s done cooking. To add healthy fat, try stirring in a spoonful of almond butter.
Bean soup. Like oatmeal, beans are an excellent source of water-soluble fiber, plus they have an added advantage in that they contain protein, too. A typical bowl of black bean soup could provide about 15 grams of healthy plant protein. Make it even more filling: Have a mixed vegetable salad with a drizzle of olive oil on the side. The fiber in the mixed salad and the healthy fat from the olive oil will complement the staying power of the protein and soluble fiber found in the soup.
Raspberry Protein Shake. A protein shake made with protein powder, milk or soy milk and raspberries will fill you up with a one-two punch of protein and fiber. Make it even more filling: Add ice cubes to your shake and blend for several minutes. Ice thickens up the shake, and the long blending time pumps lots of air into your shake, increasing the serving size.
Nonfat Greek-style Yogurt. Greek-style yogurt packs twice as much protein as traditional yogurt. A typical single-serve container has about 15 grams of protein and less than 100 calories. Skip the sweetened versions and add your own sweetener. You’ll likely add a lot less sugar than the manufacturer does. On its own, yogurt makes a great snack, but it’s also great added to soups and smoothies to boost protein and provide a creamy texture. Make it even more filling: Add fiber. Top your yogurt with high-fiber berries, or go savory and mix plain Greek-style yogurt with chopped veggies—try cucumber, carrot and red bell pepper. And top with a sprinkle of salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Avocado. Good-for-you fats like those found in avocado slow digestion time, which helps give avocado its staying power. Make it even more filling: Combine with some protein. Mix mashed avocado with canned tuna and stuff the mixture into whole grain pita bread, spread on top of a few whole-grain crackers as a snack, or scoop onto mixed greens for lunch.
Grapefruit. Like most fruits, grapefruit has a good amount of water and fiber, both of which fill you up. Since it’s lower in sugar than most fruits, it has fewer calories per bite. Make it even more filling: Combine with some healthy fat. Avocado-grapefruit salad is a classic combination. Simply toss red grapefruit sections and avocado slices with a little vinaigrette made with olive oil and white wine vinegar.