Snacking should be a quick solution to the hunger pangs that hit between meals. But what happens when one snack isn't enough? If you make unhealthy snack choices, chances are they'll leave you wanting more. However, there are some snacks that act as natural appetite suppressants. Their nutrients and taste can satisfy your cravings and prevent you from overeating.
Try snacking on these foods between meals to keep your healthy eating routine on track.
- Almonds: Almonds are rich in antioxidants, heart-healthy fats, vitamin E and magnesium. They can help you feel full faster, potentially resulting in better weight management. Grab a handful and you're good to go!
- Hot tea: Sipping a mug of hot tea is a great way to keep you from mindlessly snacking, especially if you work at a desk all day. Antioxidant-packed green tea is an especially healthy choice.
- Mozzarella cheese: The carbs and protein in a low-fat stick of mozzarella cheese are just the thing to tide you over until your next meal. One stick of light string cheese usually comes in at about 50 calories.
- Light yogurt: A small serving of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt is packed with protein, which helps curb hunger.
- Ginger: Many cultures have used ginger root for centuries to aid digestion. Whether you get your ginger in a smoothie, a cup of tea or a curry dish, ginger works as a stimulant that energizes the body and improves digestion, thereby making you less hungry. (Sorry, ginger ale doesn't count as a healthy snack!)
- Apples: Apples are filled with fiber and pectin, which can help make you feel full. Plus, they boost energy and take a few minutes to eat, giving your body more time to register that you're no longer hungry.
- Vegetable soup: Fill up fast without going overboard on calories with a small bowl of hot, broth-based (not cream) vegetable soup.
- Steel-cut oatmeal: Hearty steel-cut oatmeal, while high in carbs, digests slowly, helping you feel fuller longer. Plus, the carbs it contains help suppress the hunger hormone, ghrelin.
For more ways to add healthy snacks to your family's diet, talk to a registered dietitian with Goshen Health Nutrition Therapy.