We all get cravings, the kind of cravings that can ruin a week’s worth of healthy eating, so we have compiled a brief list of light tummy fillers that will satiate your cravings and still help you stay on track with your health goals.
Believe it or not, popcorn can be healthy! Yay! It’s whole grain but it is best that you make your own.
Air Popped Corn:
Pop the kernels in a microwave-safe bowl, preferably a glass or stoneware bowl. Plastic can damage from the hot kernels hitting against the sides of the bowl. Also, make sure the bowl is large enough to contain the expanding kernels. A 3-quart bowl is perfect in size because it is large enough to keep the kernels in place without needing to be covered.
Pan Popped Corn:
Put a tablespoon of sunflower oil or any other vegetable oil (DO NOT USE OLIVE OIL) in a non-stick pot, add roughly 50 grams of corn and put the lid on, leave on low heat and watch it pop.
Microwave for 4 to 5 minutes or until fully popped. As with any popcorn prepared in the microwave, you’ll need to keep a close watch. Each microwave has different power levels, which means that some microwaves will complete this process in 4 minutes, while others may take more time. As soon as the popping starts to slow down, remove the popcorn immediately to prevent burning.
Next, spread the popped kernels in an even layer on a cookie sheet. While plain popcorn is still tasty, it’s more satisfying to add a bit of flavour. Spreading the popcorn in an even layer ensures that every piece will get well coated.
Avoid adding sugar or iodised salt.
High in poly saturated fat and fibres, almonds are super-food; they taste yummy and they promote fat loss!
A handful a day is ideal as they are calorie dense.
Berries are an absolute favourite! High in antioxidants, low sugar content, versatile; eaten on their own, added to cereal or blended with Greek yoghurt they taste incredible.
Another favourite high protein content, Great after workouts to replenish lost energy and repair torn muscles; 100 grams only has between 55 – 72 calories, and is so filling! It can taste bland so be sure to add some antioxidant-rich fruits, e.g. strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, banana (in restricted amounts – high sugar content], blackberries.
Hummus and Carrots
Hummus! Food of the gods! We have come to understand why. Hummus is a paste made out of protein-rich, high in fibre food- chickpeas. It is so versatile and inexpensive. Can be used for salad dressing, in place of butter, to thicken soups, as a dip, eating on its own and it can even supplement butter in savoury cakes!
It is easy to make!
Buy a can of chickpeas (35 Pence/ N300 ). Using a mortar and pestle or a blender, blend the drained chickpeas with a clove of grated garlic, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and cumin, adding chilli will give it a kick.
Hard Boiled Egg Whites
One large Egg white is 17 calories- snacking on 5 would be under 100 calories, lower than half a packet of crisps, equal to a whole banana, less than a snack sachet of Haribo and guess what, it’s one of the highest forms of protein around!
High in protein, low in fat. Steam edamame to curb unwanted cravings.
I discovered these bad boys whilst roasting vegetables and accidentally leaving them in for too long/ they taste outrageously good.
Use red or yellow peppers thinly sliced, place the slices on a non-stick tray or foil paper, spray ( not douse) on some vegetable oil or Flora 1 Calorie spray, lightly salt and place in the oven/ air fryer until crispy.
This member of the melon group allows you to get plenty of water, a lot of food and beta-carotene for a few of calories.
Chicken Wonton Soup
Delicious and filling, this ranks high on our list of snack, entrees or even light main meals.
Smoked Salmon Pomegranate Bowl
Delicate, succulent and sweet, we love this combination of shredded cold smoked salmon, pomegranate, drizzled with a light soy and citrus dressing.
Also discovered whilst roasting vegetables, which I left in for slightly too long. Thereafter, shred the carrot (we used a potato peeler) into thin slices, add some garlic powder, a little salt, some pepper and a tsp of sunflower oil mix thoroughly and pop it in the oven.
The methods above can be used with most vegetables, We have tried it with kale, which tasted divine.
To learn how to make this delicious low calorie, low-fat, high protein snack download the Body Sofit Recipe Book.
Sofit Chicken Suya
Homemade Chicken Suya is a great High Protein snack packed with a good amount of healthy fat. The recipe for this can also be found in the Body Sofit Recipe Book.