Red, green, or regular old brown lentils, it doesn’t matter. You can simmer lentils on their own to add to a salad or feature as a spicy side.
Or you can easily simmer them into soups, stews, and sauces for a fiber- and protein-filled way to relieve hunger pangs. Lentils are one legume that slow-releases glucose sugars to keep your appetite at bay for longer.
Whole Grain Cereals
I eat high fiber, whole grain cereal as a snack all the time. I’ve even been known to eat it for dinner when I’m in a rush. And it’s honestly a pretty balanced meal.
One bowl packs sufficient amounts of hunger-beating fiber, B vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium, and iron. Plus, I add mixed berries or a sliced banana if I’m craving something sweet.
Not only is a cup full of raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries easy on the eyes. This vivid container of fresh sweetness packs plenty of fiber while keeping your caloric intake low.
So you can easily sprinkle berries on top of cereal, oats, yogurt, or into a smoothie to satisfy a sweet tooth—without the guilt!
Another protein- and fiber-rich alternative for vegans and vegetarians, hummus packs plenty of nutrients in this chickpea-based spread.
I’ve gotten used to reaching for hummus in lieu of mayo, sour cream, or butter on a lower fat and calorie sandwich or salad topper.
Hearty Vegetable Soups
Put the spoon down and step away from the cream of mushroom and seafood chowder soup. When I recommend a hearty vegetable soup as a satisfying snack, I’m referring to broth-based not cream-based soups.
Hearty vegetable-based soups—like minestrone, pureed tomato, and chicken wild rice pack fiber, essential vitamins, and protein in a single bowl to keep you full while cutting calories. I’m known to eat a small bowl of soup as a mid-afternoon snack to satiate my need to speed through the nearest drive-thru burger joint on the way home from the office.