Top 5 Food Hacks To Beat Your Cravings
So you've had that perfect day of eating, you've tracked your calories and macros on MyfitnessPal, but just realized "Hold up, I've got only 200 calories left' and it's only 4pm!"
That kind of thing has happened to me quite a few times, where I would go through the majority of my calories too early, And only having 200-300 calories left to eat, yet still having at least 4-5 hours before going to bed...
Now you might think to yourself 'What would I do!?" The funny thing is that my strategy becomes, Ok, so now how do I eat more food, that's less calorie heavy, yet still filling me up and keeping me happy for the rest of the day.
So behold, here comes my list of my Go To foods, that I usually implement on those days! You can use these foods in between meals as well, to keep those cravings to a minimum.... because we all know what happens when the hunger cravings come in.... We start eating chocolate, haha, or at least I do... in the form of 'way too many quest bars'.
Let the list begin:
1. Tomato & Cucumber Salad
Ever since I was a little kid, I've been obsessed with tomatoes and cucumbers and have been eating them almost daily. They are a match made in heaven, while being super healthy and nutritious.
Per 100g they both have only 16-18 calories and roughly 3.5g of carbs! Speaking of bang for your buck, right!? Whenever I feel hungry, I start munching on a tomato and cucumber salad and goodbye hunger pains.
2. Dill Gherkins Original Recipe
At only 16 calories per 100g, bite sized gherkins, they are perfect for in between meals and I've been really getting into them! You can add them into salads as well, to increase the overall quantity and help to fill you up, at only a few calories. I'm, binging on these babies every single day and my belly fat is dropping and abs are popping more than ever :)
3. Chobani Dips
My mood comes and goes, when it comes to dips. And having that convenience is always a plus. After stumbling on these new dips at my local Coles store... I was amazed to see that they are only around 120 calories for a 150g container!
They have a great amount of protein, of 15g in the 150g container and only 8g carbs. I prefer their Herbed Tzatziki flavor, out of the 3-4 they have available. You can consume the whole container, with some sliced celery or cucumber (for a lower calorie snack) and still budget well into your calorie limit. Hell yeah!
4. Matcha Green Tea
I absolutely love japanese food.. and have been drinking green tea, quite a lot as of recently. After researching it in detail. I've been implementing about 2-3 green teas, per day into my diet and have really noticed a good improvement in terms of body composition (in simple terms, I look better)
But why Matcha Green Tea in particular? Because it contains MORE caffeine and antioxidants than regular green tea and studies show that it's even more effective than regular green tea...
In fact, one study has found that Matcha contains up to 137 times more antioxidants than a low-grade variety of green tea, and up to 3 times more antioxidants than other high-quality teas!
Sign me up right!? You can find Matcha Green Tea in your local Asian supermarket, in the Japanese section, or the tea section.
5. Quest Bars
Ok, I've put quest bars at the bottom of the list for a reason. Although I love quest bars and they are the number 1 reason, I'm keeping sane on my diet haha... I just have to say, it's quite easy to have too many of them and like any other food, they can really bump up your calories. On average quest bars are in the 190-210 calorie range per bar, contain high protein contents of around 20g.
My favorite flavors so far are: Cookies and Cream and Choc Chip Cookie Dough. I usually have them after my workouts, to help with my post workout recovery. They really help on a diet, serving as a 'little treat' Because having those daily treats, definitely helps to keep you consistent on your diet! Just be warned... they are super addictive, so try to have one and keep the rest out of sight...
If you made it all the way until this point of the list, I really hope you picked up some valuable and practical tips on how to include these 'food hacks' into your diet, so that you beat those food cravings and in between meal hunger pains.. to help you achieve that nice physique you want!
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