7 foods that fill you up, without causing weight gain - Emily Skye

7 foods that fill you up, without causing weight gain

7 foods that fill you up, without causing weight gain

Do you ever get those hunger pangs that give you cravings for filling foods that you know won’t help you in your pursuit of your fitness goals? Such as pizza, burgers or hot chips? Really, all your body needs in these times is a good source of energy that will fill you and fuel you at the same time.

Here are 7 delicious whole foods that will leave you feeling satisfied and won’t lead you away from your fitness goals!

  1. Eggplant - I honestly LOVE eggplant, which is funny because as a child? Not so much! But now I can’t get enough of it. It is an excellent source of nutrients as well as incredibly low in fat… Plus it is just so filling! Often toted the ‘vegan’s natural meat’, this vegetable is so diverse and can be enjoyed in numerous ways including as a vegetable steak, pizza base, in stir-frys, casseroles and even as a dip!
     
  2. Pineapple - Pineapple is incredibly rich in vitamin C, as well as numerous other nutrients. It also contains an enzyme called bromelain, which is used to reduce inflammation, but also works to split fats and help metabolize proteins! Want to try something yummy? Enjoy a cup full of chopped pineapple, with a tablespoon of light Greek yoghurt, for a really satisfying and filling snack!
     
  3. Apple - Even though the old saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, isn’t entirely accurate, apples do have a lot of health benefits to boast about. They are incredibly filling, low in calories and they also help aid in digestion!
     
  4. Cabbage - This diverse vegetable can be enjoyed cooked or raw and is an amazing source of fibre, meaning it fills you up, and aids in digestion, as well as helping lower bad cholesterol!
     
  5. Celery - Though you might not think of celery as being a ‘filling’ food (perhaps because it contains around 95% water!), it really does fill you up! It also works to help detoxify your body and interestingly enough, the amount of energy it takes to chew raw celery is greater than the energy received from it, so essentially eating raw celery helps you burn calories!
     
  6. Beetroot - This deliciously sweet vegetable contains no fat or cholesterol and is incredibly high in fibre, which are just some of the reasons this food is often used in ‘fat-burning’ juices. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels as well as promoting healthy muscle growth.
     
  7. Egg - Boiled eggs are a great snack for on the run. They are high in protein and good fats, which means they will fill and fuel you, and they are also surprisingly low in calories. So why not boil a dozen eggs to keep in the fridge for when you need to satisfy those hunger cravings in a hurry?!

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