5 Best Foods To Keep You Full While Getting Fit

Friday, June 22, 2012
Thought this article was a great reminder of the good foods we should focus on as we head into summer!

Bathing suit season is just around the corner and while we all want to slim down just before the summer hits, we cringe at the thought of dieting.  Truth be told, sometimes eating healthy is easier said than done. There are a number of factors to take into consideration particularly with your food choices. You want to pick a proper balance of foods that are packed with nutrients but also fill your body up without weighing you down. Additionally, you want your food to taste good.
With that said, we’ve provided five “superfoods” that are proven to keep you full and satisfied without expanding your waistline. In fact, incorporating these fruits and vegetables (that are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein and the like) into your daily diet will help you lose weight and more importantly, keep it off!

1. Avocados
Avocados are a huge source of fiber – a medium-sized avocado has 54% of your daily recommended dose! Half of an avocado contains more than 1/3 of your daily value of Vitamin C and more than half of your daily requirement for Vitamin K. Though avocados have gotten a rep for being a fatty fruit, in reality, it is the good type of fat your body needs. From one avocado, your body is getting 15 grams of the heart-healthy unsaturated fat it eventually uses for energy. With so much fiber and vitamins, avocados keep you fuller for longer and are a great alternative to salty and processed sugar snacks. The green goodness is tasty and can be used as an entree, an appetizer, side dish, on top of burgers, salads, sandwiches – pretty much everything and anything, making it one our favorite superfoods.

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2. Blueberries
They may be tiny but they pack a huge punch of flavor and nutrients. Out of all fruits, blueberries have the highest amounts of antioxidants. The deeper the color, the more rich they are in antioxidants so always keep that in mind while shopping at your local farmers market or grocery store. They are extremely high in Vitamin C and potassium and lower your risk of heart disease and even cancer. The best part about blueberries is that their high water content makes them the perfect low calorie snack. Not only will you stay hydrated eating blueberries, but they stay in your stomach longer, keeping you feeling full and satisfied. The sweetness and tartness of the fruit make these babies the best dessert alternative because they are satisfying to your sweet tooth without doing any actual damage to your health.

3. Salmon
Having just two servings of salmon a week provides the recommended amount of Omega 3 acids, a type of fat that decreases the risk of heart disease. Additionally, the omega 3 fats in fish have been proven to promote joint health, prevent certain types of cancer and contribute to the proper functioning of our brains. The pink fish is also a prime source of vitamin A and B and can be prepared in a number of different ways. Sauteed, grilled or broiled, salmon is the perfect weeknight or weekend meal that will prove to keep you full and fit forever.

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4. Eggs
A single, medium-sized egg contains almost 7 grams of protein while the yolk contains 90% of an eggs whole calcium and iron, making this ingredient your go-to breakfast. Studies reveal eating eggs for breakfast helps limit your calorie intake for the rest of the day by more than 400 calories. Since eggs are so easy and affordable, the possibilities to cook with them are limitless. Scrambled, hard-boiled or over-easy, eaten whole or over toast, scrambled with cheese and vegetables or cooked into a frittata, the world is your oyster in terms of cooking eggs. They are the ultimate source of lean protein, meaning they keep us full and help grow healthy tissue while also repairing muscles after exercising.

5. Pears
The least acidic of many common fruits, pears are uncommonly good for your health. Rich in vitamin B2, C, E and K, pears contain more than half your daily recommended dose of fiber which, like blueberries and avocados, keep you fuller for a longer part of the day. Additionally, they are high in water content and can help prevent cancer and especially help with artery damage. However, be sure not to peel your pear – the antioxidant quercetin which helps prevent heart problems is found in the skin, so don’t discard what may as well be, the best and most healthy part of the pear!

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