When I am in the “zone” and really making great progress on my weight loss goals, there are certain foods that I turn to that are nutritious, filling, and easy to make. Here is my top 10 list:
(1) Edamame : Costco sells individual packages of edamame (or soybeans) in the freezer section. You simply vent the container and nuke it for 3 minutes. Edamame is full of fiber and protein and has VERY low calories. I sprinkle a little seasoned salt on them.
(2) Greek yogurt : Greek yogurt has over TWICE the amount of protein of regular yogurt. For snacks, I get Chobani yogurt from Costco. The package comes in three flavors : strawberry, blueberry, and peach. One six ounce container contains 14g of protein! We have also replaced sour cream completely in our house, and instead use plain, no-fat greek yogurt (made by Fage). This is available at HEB and Costco and tastes identical to sour cream. And it has 20g of protein in 1 cup.
(3) Popcorn : When I get the munchies and really want chips or crackers, popcorn usually gets me through the craving. One microwavable bag of low-fat popcorn has only 100 calories and lots of fiber. It is also crunchy, yummy, and pretty filling.
(4) Eggs : I really started to see better results with losing weight when I gave up my cold cereal in the morning and switched to eggs (along with whole wheat toast). I read an article that egg yolks can suppress your appetite, and I really believe it is true. I can go A LOT longer after eating eggs for breakfast than I ever did with cereal or pancakes. And 1 egg has only 70 calories and 6 grams of protein. Check out Eggs: your secret weapon for losing weight!
(5) Organic multi-grain bread from Costco : It’s made by “Alpine Valley” and it is delicious. There is 81 calories, 3 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein per slice. I don’t know about you, but every other 80 calorie bread I’ve tried has been totally unfilling. It’s like eating air. This bread has a great texture and is filling without being too heavy. It is what I eat with my egg every morning!
(6) Ghirardelli dark 60% chocolate squares : I love something sweet after lunch or dinner, which is a bit of a problem when you are trying to lose weight. These chocolate squares are super rich and yummy, and only have 53 calories each. For me, dark chocolate is not something I would easily binge on, so one square seems to satisfy me!
(7) Rotissorie chicken : I always keep a chicken in my frig to eat for lunches and snacks. If you don’t eat the skin, 3 oz of white meat chicken is only 120 calories and has 18g of protein. Sometimes I eat it plain, sometimes a chop up some on top of a salad. I use rotissorie chicken in a lot of my dinner recipes too (tostadas, enchiladas, casseroles, etc).
(8) Almonds : I have some in my pantry and another stash in my car. If I’m on the road and getting really hungry, almonds can take the edge off. They’ve got lots of protein, omega acids, etc., so you can eat them guilt-free.
(9) Carrots and Hummus : This is a great alternative to chips and dip. Baby carrots only have 27 calories for a 1/2 cup. The kind of hummus I get has a lot of protein and fiber, but you’ll want to check the label to be sure.
(10) Dr. Kracker flatbread : I get the cheese and pumpkin seed kind. They are usually located by the deli at HEB and come in a variety of flavors. One piece of flatbread has 100 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber. Don’t confuse this with a thin and crispy cracker. These are VERY hearty crackers and take some effort to crunch with your teeth. They have a great taste, though, and really fill you up. If you are tempted by crackers or chips, Dr. Kracker flatbreads are a great alternative.
What are some of your favorite nutritious and delicious foods? Please share with us!