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It’s time to slay that snacking habit…
Eating well-balanced meals and snacks are both important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But whether it’s because you find yourself mindlessly snacking or because your meals aren’t keeping you as full as you’d like, sometimes you need something to keep you from rummaging through the pantry. Here are five appetite-suppressing foods that keep you feeling full!
Nuts don’t just contain healthy fats to help keep your cholesterol low – they are also good sources of appetite-killing fibre, which digests slowly so it stays in your stomach much longer than other carbohydrates. A 1/4 cup of almonds, for example, contains four grams of fibre.
Stay fuller longer with a bowl of oats; half a cup of rolled oats contains five grams of fibre. Besides that, oatmeal can help increase your body’s levels of the appetite-regulating hormone cholecystokinin, which may help control hunger in some people.
An apple makes an ideal morning or afternoon snack; the fruit is a great source of fibre to keep you feeling full, and its high water content helps fill your belly as well. Apples also contain pectin, which can help prevent blood sugar spikes that spur hunger. Find out more reasons why apples should be part of your weight-loss plan here.
Studies have shown that spicy food can help keep you fuller longer as well as increase metabolism. A recent study, for example, found that people ate 60 fewer kilojoules (and burned about 10 more) when cayenne pepper was added to their tomato soup (compared with those who ate non-spiced soup).
The smell of mint is not only calming but is also an effective appetite suppressant. Try burning a mint-flavored candle or drinking mint tea if you are trying to cut back on oversnacking.