One of the hardest parts of going on a cutting diet is staying full and satisfied.
It’s usually the cravings and the hunger pangs that can break a person’s diet (and spirit) and make them run towards the freezer to dig that tub of ice cream you were saving for your cheat meal. Shouldn’t have left that there.
Here are some foods that are low in calories but also satisfying enough to keep your mental game in check:
Oatmeal – You might already be eating this but if you’re not, I suggest you give it a try. Oatmeal is high in fiber and low in calories. That means that it’ll keep you full and satisfied until your next meal. A typical 50g servings contains 200 calories, 7 grams of protein, 33 grams of carbs (5 grams of fiber) and 3 grams of fat.
Cook it with water instead of milk to save additional calories and carbs. You can add some cocoa powder for flavor or even some protein powder after cooking to give it a boost of protein and flavor.
Green juice – Now I say juice but I really mean blended fruits and veggies. This is a very easy and convenient way to get in your daily servings of fruits and veggies and since you’ll be blending them, you won’t miss out on all that fiber.
Try combining a handful of spinach, one carrot, a bit of ginger, one cucumber and one apple in to a blender with some water and a squeeze of lemon. The amount of liquid that you’ll have to drink, coupled with the high amount of fiber and nutrients that you receive will keep you full and energized for a very long time.
Watermelon – Watermelons consist of approximately 90% water. Therefore, it’s easy to see why this one makes it on the list. A 100grams of watermelon contains ONLY 30 calories, 0 grams of protein and fat and only 8 grams of carbs. You can eat as much as you want and I guarantee that you will be full long before you break your calorie limit.
Bonus: Watermelons are known to contain arginine, so have some before a workout to help you with that magnificent pump!
Beans – Beans are incredibly high in fiber and contain a moderate amount of protein, both of which help you keep your hunger satisfied. A 100g of beans contains 7 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs (7 grams of fiber!) and 1 gram of fat.
There is a recipe up on this website for a delicious vegan chili that includes two different kinds of beans and a large amount of vegetables. I guarantee that you’ll be stuffed at a mere price of only 300 calories.
Dairy -free chocolate milk- A cup of almond milk contains just 40 calories. Combine that with a scoop of chocolate protein powder and you have a delicious nutritious snack.
It would cost you just under 200 calories with around 25 grams of protein, 3 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fat. This would change depending on your protein powder.
Egg white omelet- Now I’m not against egg yolks at all. I think they are highly nutritious and incredibly good for you but if you’re watching calories, yolks can quickly add up. So next time you make an omelet, use only egg whites to save a whole bunch of calories. 6 egg whites will make you a decent sized omelet and it will only contain only a 100 calories, 24 grams of protein, 0 grams of carbs and 0 grams of fat. Combine them with your favorite veggies to add a nutritious and fibrous boost to your meal.
Make sure to use a good amount of herbs and spices such as, cayenne, black pepper, oregano, paprika, etc. to keep it interesting as plain egg-whites can be really bland.
Check out the Egg Whites section for an excellent source of liquid egg whites.
Popcorn – Yup! Everyone’s favorite movie snack. Popcorn has a high fiber content, therefore keeping you full and satisfied. The crunch factor just adds to the satisfaction.
Get an air popper to really save on the calories and maximize the crunch, otherwise, use just a tbsp. of oil or butter. A big 50g serving of popcorn contains 185 calories, 6 grams of protein, 36 grams of carbs (7 grams of fiber) and 3 grams of fat. Top with a little salt and or a tbsp. of melted grass-fed butter to improve flavor.
Avoid microwave popcorn as it contains a whole list of preservatives and chemicals that are best kept in a science lab.
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