Getting hungry is easy, but getting full does not have to be hard. When trying to stay healthy and watch what you are eating, everyone comes to that point in time where they feel the need to binge and eat everything in sight. Especially when dieting, it is hard to feel full when you have been at a calorie deficit for so long. Sadly, there are not that many ways to deal with this feeling, but one way besides drinking a ton of water just to feel full is to eat food that is low in calories and high in volume. With this in mind, you can eat a huge quantity and not have to feel guilty afterwards. Here are my top 5 fun food choices to feel full when trying to watch calories.
- Zucchini Pasta
Zucchini pasta is one the tastiest and most filling dishes you can make when consumed with hunger. First off, you will need to buy a Zucchini spiralizer. This can be purchased for $8-$12 dollars online, which is definitely a great investment. Spiralize as much zucchini as you want since one medium zucchini has 30 calories. Once spiralized, they should look like pasta strains. Trust me, 3-5 zucchinis and you should be good. Sautee in a pan for a few minutes or boil the zucchini strains very quickly till soft. Add anything you want, such as shrimp, basil, salt, and pepper!
- Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice can be bought or made. Stick heads of cauliflower into a food processor or if one is not available, crush and chop and cauliflower into very small pieces. The cauliflower should get crushed to a point where it begins to look like rice. A head of cauliflower is around 150 calories, which makes more than enough rice in which you will need. Add the rice to a pan; add some peas and carrots, crack a few eggs, and now you have healthy fried rice! Try new recipes to always change things up and not become bored.
- Puffed Wheat Cereal and Almond Milk
Puffed wheat cereal is definitely a life saver. It is kind of hard to find since there are not that many brands that have this, but by looking carefully, you may be able to find a few. Puffed wheat cereal can range from 50-100 calories for a cup. Add regular or vanilla unsweetened almond milk which is about 35 calories, and now you can have a bunch of cereal to actually feel full.
- Shirataki Noodles
Shirataki noodles are probably a food you have never heard of in your life. These noodles are only around 20 calories and can be extremely filling. Most are made out of tofu and can be cooked on a pan easily. They lack a lot of flavor, so it is best to combine them with pretty much anything you would normally put into a noodle dish. They are definitely hard to find, but are normally located in the tofu section of your grocery store.
- Sugar Free Jell-O
Sugar free Jell-O has saved me so many times in my life. For normally only 10 calories a serving, you can literally eat a ton of this till you feel full. With only boiling water and then combining it with the powder and cold water, it is extremely easy to make. With the different flavors, it isn’t that easy to get bored.
As mentioned earlier, getting hungry is easy, but getting full does not have to be hard. Add these foods to your kitchen to feel full easier. They are all very simple to make and can be tremendously beneficial to your diet and psyche. Of course, eating too much food can hurt your diet, so just make sure you can fit these meals into your daily calories before preparing them. Don’t be scared to experiment with these ingredients and to try new things. Switch it up, don’t become bored, and continue to learn how to have more fun with your food!