Yesterday, I happily unpacked the lunch I’d brown bagged that morning, feeling pretty darn good about my healthy arugula and roasted veg salad. Healthy eating #goals! I devoured it (I’ll admit, while emailing with my non-eating hand) and then thought (a) where did my lunch go, and (b) I’m still starving. Why is it that sometimes a small meal leaves me feeling stuffed, while a big bowl of something else has me hovering near the freezer taking bites of Ben & Jerry’s 30 minutes later? (Please tell me it’s not just me.)

To help in my quest to eat more mindfully this year, I rounded up 10 foods that are scientifically proven to keep you feeling fuller for longer, along with my favorite recipes that include each one. Fill up on these nutrition powerhouses to keep mindless snacking at bay and end meals feeling satisfied and happy.

Oatmeal

I try to avoid carb-filled breakfasts since they usually result in a blood sugar crash that makes me want to go to sleep by mid-morning, but oatmeal is my one exception. A bowl of warm oats is such a satisfying way to start the day with fiber, protein, and a high water content that fills up your tummy until lunchtime.

Perfect Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Fruits, Nuts, & Seeds

Oatmeal Quinoa Power Bowl

Coconut, Banana, & Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Beans

Since I’ve been trying to eat less meat, beans have become an invaluable vegan source of protein and iron in my diet. Plus they’re super high in fiber which leads to that satisfied feeling when they’re added to any meal. Try scooping beans into a salad, soup, or these tostadas that I’m obsessed with:

Pita Tostadas with Butternut Squash, Black Beans, and Avocado

Roasted Cauliflower and White Bean Soup with Rosemary

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are magical (and also kinda weird.) Get this: a 1-ounce serving has 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, and 5 grams of healthy fats. They absorb a high amount of water and actually expand in the stomach when eaten, making you feel full and helping curb appetite.

Vanilla Chia Pudding with Honey and Berries

Jammy Chia & Yogurt Parfaits

Chia Berry Smoothie

Apples

Apples have that magic combo of fiber and water that keeps you feeling full without consuming lots of calories. Several studies have shown that people who eat an apple 30 minutes before a meal end up eating less in total. Try it in:

Rosemary and Apple Zucchini Bread with Ginger

Autumn-Spiced Stuffed Baked Apples

Salted Caramel Apple Muffins

Soup

Soup should be your new best friend if you’re trying to control your appetite and shed pounds. Healthy, vegetable and broth-based versions take up a lot of room in your stomach with very few calories. In a Penn State study, people who ate a bowl of broth-based soup before their lunch reduced their total calorie intake at the meal by 20 percent.

Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup

Turmeric Chicken Immunity Soup

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Avocado

My own secret weapon for adding heft to a salad when I want to keep it vegan, avocados are that creamy addition that equals satisfaction, thanks to their abundance of good fats. In this study, women who ate half an avocado with their lunch felt 22 percent more satisfied and had a 24 percent lower desire to snack three hours later in the day. Try it in:

Spicy Avocado Toast

Beet, Avocado, and Pistachio Salad

Avocado Kale Caesar Salad

Eggs

Besides being one of the most delicious foods on the planet, eggs are a great protein-packed breakfast ingredient that’ll keep you feeling full until lunch. I’m personally not a fan of eating a big breakfast, but if you find yourself snacking in those mid-morning hours, try upping your protein content and see if you consume less the rest of the day.

The Best Israeli Shakshuka

Baked Eggs with Heirloom Tomatoes, Herbs, and Feta

Wild Mushrooms, Sautéed Kale, and Eggs

Lentils

Lentils are a super-duper food: just ¼ cup has 3.9 grams of fiber and almost 4.5 grams of protein. This may sound crazy, but I avoid adding an excessive amount of lentils to a curry or soup dish because it makes me feel almost too full 30 minutes after eating. So eat them at your own risk, people.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Curry and Lentils

Salmon and Lentil Salad with Hummus

Broccoli (and Brussels Sprouts and Kale)

If you’re trying to feel satisfied and eat less, these cruciferous powerhouses are where it’s at. A cup of cooked broccoli has over 5 grams of fiber, and the leafy nature of these cruciferous gems requires lots of chewing to break them down – which psychologically makes you feel like you’re eating a lot more than you actually are. That’s my theory, at least.

Raw Brocccoli Chopped Salad

Kale, Persimmon, & Pomegranate Salad

Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Radishes, Bacon, & Dates

Almonds

Almonds are pretty caloric dense, so while they’re super healthy, you don’t want to go crazy on them if you’re trying to drop weight. However, eating a handful as a mid-afternoon snack, or adding some to a salad or your morning oatmeal, is a really smart way to add fat and fiber that’ll regulate blood sugar and fill you up.

Southwestern Superfood Salad

Sea Salt and Olive Oil Granola

Smoothie Bowl Brunch

Carrots

Carrots are the easiest, yummiest go-to snack to help curb cravings. I often crunch on them when I need to curb hunger pangs between mealtimes, and thanks to their natural sweetness and high fiber content, they do the trick. Just seven baby carrots has about three grams of fiber.

Moroccan Carrot Ribbon Salad with Orange-Tahini Dressing

Honey-Roasted Carrots

Roasted Carrot and Avocado Salad

6 comments
  1. 1
    FashionNotFear | January 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

    This is an awesome list! Happy to say that most of them I already eat on a regular basis. Although, I’m still working on eating carrots more often. The dirt-like laste is rough! Oatmeal is definitely such a great option for breakfast. There have been times when it keep me so full that I forgot to eat lunch. Any suggestions? Thanks for the tips.

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    Annie | January 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    I love oatmeal!! It’s my favourite way to start the day 🙂
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    thismisscooks | January 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Apples are where it’s at for me! With carrots I tend to go overboard on the hummus or other dips, but apples are so good just on their own. Plus it’s so easy to get different varieties throughout the year! The slightly more sour ones do a really great job at curbing my cravings, oddly enough.

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    girlingamba | January 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Bookmarking this ASAP! I’m so guilty of still feeling hungry after a meal. I love oatmeal and avocado, but I was really surprised about the carrots and the soup so I think I’ll try that out!

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