Snacking on low-calorie foods in between meals can leave you mindlessly consuming calories just to keep hunger at bay. Check out these ten foods that help you stay full, so you eat fewer calories! Here’s SkinnyMs.’s top 10 appetite suppressing natural foods, to help you cut calories, and achieve your body shaping goals.
Water – A recent study has shown that people who drink two glasses of water before a meal, on average ate between 75 and 90 fewer calories than those who did not drink water. Just another reason to stay hydrated.
Apples – Doesn’t matter which variety you choose, they all can help reduce hunger and act as an appetite suppressant. Why? Apples contain soluble fiber including pectin, which can help you feel full. Not only that but apples also help regulate glucose levels, and increase energy! Learn more about the health benefits of apples here.
Cayenne Pepper – Just a teaspoon of this spicy pepper can boost metabolism and increase your calorie burn. Adding this hot spice to your favorite recipes can also keep you from overeating, and slow you down so you feel fuller.
Ginger – This sweet root has been used for centuries as a natural digestive remedy. Its amazing abilities include acting as a stimulant to improve digestion, calming stomach upset and reducing hunger.
Almonds – Just a few of these delicious nuts provides antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium. Studies have shown that almonds also increase feelings of fullness to support weight loss efforts.
Green Tea – While coffee can stimulate your metabolism, it can also cause jitters. Green tea, and other varieties of tea can help reduce snacking and researchers now know that the catechins contained in tea help inhibit the growth of fat cells, and reduce fat storage. Since it also helps stabilize blood sugar levels, it is an effective appetite suppressant. Learn more about what green tea can do for you here.
Oatmeal – Since oatmeal contains slow-digesting carbohydrates it can help you feel full hours after eating it. Not only that, it contains dietary fiber that supports a healthy heart, and also contributes to feelings of fullness. Try this delicious Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.
Vegetable Juice – One study showed that when people drank vegetable juice before a meal, they ate up to 135 fewer calories. A powerful appetite suppressant that’s also packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, vegetable juice often contains high amounts of sodium. So chose a low-sodium variety.
Leafy Green Vegetables – Highly nutritious, and low-calorie leafy greens like romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, spinach, kale and other green veggies taste great raw or when sauteed. Eat as much of these as you want to keep yourself from consuming calories you don’t need.
Ground Flax Seeds – This nutritious seed contains the perfect combination of essential fatty acids, and soluble fiber. They’re also delightfully crunchy and make yogurt, smoothies and salads more satisfying. Whether you have ‘em whole or just add a little ground flax to your favorite baked goods, flax can help control appetite. Check out what else flax seeds can do for you here.
Looking for more ways to cut calories? Check out these great Snacks Under 100 Calories! How do you tame hunger pangs? Tell us, by leaving a comment below.