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I'm going grocery shopping to start my diet tomorrow and I would love some suggestions of some very filling, healthy, low-calorie foods... I'm afraid of getting hungry too quick. I was thinking soup? Does soup stay with you for a while or does it just shoot right through you? How good is Campbells Select? The calories aren't bad but it's pretty high in sodium... What are the types of food that stay with you for a while? I'm used to eating empty carbs all the time so that's probably why I ate so much to start with.
I'd love to see some favorite recipes too if anyone feels like sharing :)
Also, what are some good calorie-free drinks besides water, either store bought or stuff I can make myself? I've heard Crystal Light is ok, but I want to make sure, haha.
Thanks everyone! <3
Teas are calorie-free and herbal ones are caffeine-free. :)
For filling foods, look for fiber! Beans are great and filling!
teas are really great, some even have great antioxidents. I personally love green tea, but it may not be for everyone. just watch for added sugars in instant teas as the calories can add up quickly.
Soup is normally high in sodium. Just drink more water, and enjoy your soup. I personally only like chicken noodle, so I can't offer any ideas.
I really like my carbs, and recently I found a tortilla that is 100 calories each. I toast it lightly, and fill it with raw cabbage and some lettuce, carrots, and stuff liek that. It is really filling, and like 120 calories per wrap. I could make 2 or 3 to make a meal. I would feel super stuffed and not ruin my diet for the day like I would If I had taco bell. Not bad.
I've tried green tea raw and I thought it tasted horrible! I do like unsweetened iced tea though. I wonder if I added a dab of honey to green tea if I would like it better? Hmm...
I did plan on my lunches mostly consisting of wraps though, so that makes me optimistic. Thank you!!
I think that those soups aren't that awful, but with a little time you can make something that's far superior than anything that comes in a can! here's what i made for dinner today:
saute in large saucepot 1/2 onion 2 sticks celery 3 carrots until soft
add 1 can stewed tomatoes with juice
add frozen green beans and a can of chick peas (rinsed before adding)
add water to pot to make the concentration of veggies to stock you're looking for (i like my soup to be more like stew so i add less water)
add spices to taste (i like some oxo chicken stock powder, basil, oregano, parsley, bay leaves, etc. and fresh ground pepper)
bring to a boil and simmer for a while for the flavours to develop while you make biscuits or a side of some sort (salad would be good)
i recommend eating foods that are high in fibre... the fibre makes them filling and keeps you from feeling hungry, plus most of the foods high in fibre are the ones that are good for you (veggies, pulses like beans and lentils, quinoa, etc)
hope that helps!
Filling: cerel, hot cerel, chilli, soups (but stay away from the "cream of" types), wraps, tuna (light mayo), sandwiches (I make them open face to save 90 cal), salads, chicken, turkey (stay away from the skin), popcorn, all veggies (but especially those high in fiber). I personally like low-fat chip dip and carrot sticks/celery sticks/crackers. Healthy, low-cal, and it "sits" for awhile.
Sweet: Fruit, dry cerel (I'm addicted to vanillia mini shreaded wheats. I put 100 cal worth in a baggie and take it to work), 100 cal packs (expensive though, see the baggie trick above), fruit smoothies that you make at home, sugar-free pop, TIC-TAC's, small candies such as M&M's, Rollo, lifesavers, etc that you can divide into smaller portions.
Stay away from: Toppings (butter, mayo, full fat salad dressings), deep fried anything, "crispy" anything, cheese (except cottage and low-cal cream cheese), cake, pies.
Keep an eye on: Breads, eggs.
It's a godsend. Eggs, nuts, beans, chicken, lean meats, natural PB. I rely on protein to keep me full.
Get in the habit of the reading the labels and choosing the option with higher fiber when possible. I have found that is the single best way to make sure you don't get hungry while dieting. You can't ignore everything else -- you still need protein and fat to truly feel full -- but concentrating on high fiber, whole grain foods will make a huge difference.
Make sure to pick up some of your favorites fruits to eat as snacks. The one thing that really has surprised me on my current plan is how the more fruit I eat the more fruit I want. I now find myself going to the convenience store for gas and WANTING an apple or a banana instead of a candy bar.
Original Post by cellulitedelight:
Filling food? Oatmeal. Try eating a cup of oatmeal and going for a second serving. It just ain't possible. Besides, you can mix it up and flavour it any way you'd like. Mmmm, peanut butter and berry oatmeal..
I agree - I love oatmeal and it keeps me full for 2 hours (that's a lot for me!). Sometimes I like to mix in fruit too like bananas, strawberries or blueberries.
Lissabee, that Veggie Soup recipe sounds really good – I’ll have to give it a try!Deemocore, “Chickpeas” are also known as “Garbanzo Beans.” They’re not really peas, and are very different in flavor and texture, if you haven’t tried them yet! If you have tried them and don’t like them, then I’ll say substitute another kind of bean for the chickpeas. Beans are great for both fiber and protein, and very filling. And thanks for posting the question! A lot of great suggestions here! :D
Original Post by greyskies:
I drink crystal light. I think it is like kool-aid but calorie free. I dilute it to half strength and it still tastes really good. I personally add 5 calories to my daily intake for each big glass I drink just to count it.
I buy the Crystal Light to go packs which are 10 cals a package and they say to make 16 oz but to me it tastes like drinking over sweetened Kool-aid, so like you I dilute it to a quart. It makes drinking my 4 quarts of water (am a a really big girl) a breeze for under 40 calories and I stock up on different tastes.
The price is also more reasonable if you dont make it so strong.