Whether you’re on a budget, a diet, or a really long road trip, sometimes you need food that will stick to your ribs, like Grandma used to say. Put down that extra-large bag of Twizzlers, though – what makes you feel full isn’t the amount of calories you consume, it’s the volume of food in your stomach.
Because of this, foods that are high in water or fiber take up more stomach space and fill you up quickly. An Australian study by Dr. Susanne Holt explored the satisfying power of different foods and measured these findings with the “Satiety Index,” which gave white bread a baseline ranking of 100.
Foods that were more satisfying than white bread scored higher than 100, and less satisfying foods earned lower scores. Next time you need to stave off cravings, turn to this list of hunger-fighting foods and herbs.
Baked potatoes ranked at more than 300 on the Satiety Index, which means that ounce for ounce, a potato is three times more filling than white bread (sadly, french fries and potato chips won’t fill you up quite as well).
Drizzle a baked potato with olive oil, sprinkle on salt and pepper, and pile high with broccoli or spinach. Add a fried egg on top if you’re feeling sassy. Trust us, it’s delicious.
Fish ranked higher than any other meat on the Satiety Index, and since it’s also full of omega-3s, it’s a great choice for nights when you’re starving but can’t overdo it. You can eat a large piece of fish for the same amount of calories as a smaller serving of beef, pork, or chicken.
And it’s so easy to make, a fish could cook itself. Try this classic recipe: wrap each fillet in a piece of aluminum foil, and add lemon slices, seasonings, and vegetables. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork.
It’s the simplest way we’ve found to cook sometimes-tricky fish without making a mess…or causing your kitchen to smell like seafood.
Oatmeal, the highest-ranking breakfast food on the Satiety Index, comes in many forms. Quick oats can be cooked in the microwave in minutes; steel-cut oats have a delicious, chewy texture, but take about a half-hour to prepare. All are delicious, and guaranteed to help keep you full until lunch.
Chickweed + Burdock
Chickweed is a European herb with tiny white flowers. When made into a tea, it’s useful for curbing hunger pains. It’s especially effective when taken with burdock – a type of thistle recognizable by its woolly leaves and purple flowers and known for its appetite – suppressing properties. To make a tea, simmer an ounce of dried burdock root and a few spoonfuls of chickweed in boiling water for 10-20 minutes.
The springy, fresh taste of parsley is wonderful for reducing hunger pains. Throw a generous handful into your regular green juice (it pairs well with carrot juice), or finely chop and sprinkle on your baked potato or fish fillet.
Checkout the book “Foods that fill you up, not out” for more ideas!
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