by Sarah Jio, Glamour
Make sure to get these groceries next time you go to the market.The biggest roadblock to a healthy diet? A growling stomach. If you're like me, you are tempted to splurge when you're feeling really hungry. So, reach for these surprising hunger-busting foods...
1. Frozen peas: I know, a little weird, but next time you make yourself soup, dump in a half cup (or more) of frozen peas. (I always have these in my freezer). "Not only do they boast 7 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per cup, they're also proven to keep you full," says Cooking Light's Karen Ansel. "When researchers fed volunteers different kinds of protein 30 minutes before a meal, volunteers who ate pea protein felt fuller and ate less at mealtime. Toss them in pasta or rice for a quick protein and fiber fix. Here's an example of a tasty pea recipe."
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2. Chia seeds: These tiny, lesser-known seeds were favored by the ancient Aztecs for their energy-giving properties, but some experts believe that they may also help regulate blood sugar, reducing blood-sugar spikes and drops that often lead to overeating. (You could try sipping on this chia-packed beverage-it's really good!)
3. Garbanzo beans: A cup these yummy beans, one of the stars in the diets of the Mediterranean, packs as many as 12 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein-both of which will keep you full for a long time.
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4. Nuts: Yes, they are high in fat, but this healthy fat content may be what makes frequent nut eaters so slim. Past research indicates that people who snack on nuts tend to keep a healthier body weight than those who don't partake, and the reason seems to be that nuts are satisfying thanks to their healthy fat and protein content. A great nut to try: pistachios (it's difficult to overdo it, as you have to shell them, which slows you down!).
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by Sarah Jio, Glamour