WEB DESK: Being on a diet doesn’t have to mean being hungry. The key? Tasty eats (like popcorn!) that are shown to stave off hunger. “Certain foods have just the right combination of nutrients, volume, flavor and even texture to help control your appetite,” says Marjorie Nolan Cohn, R.D., the author of The Belly Fat Fix. Read on for six kitchen staples that work overtime to keep you full.
Here are four treats and their different uses that are will keep you slim and make you full when hunger strikes!
Prep better-for-you Cracker Jacks: Toss one cup of air-popped popcorn with one tablespoon each of peanuts and maple syrup.
Top corn chowder or tomato soup with a heaping handful of popcorn. Swap popcorn for puffed rice cereal in marshmallow crispy treats.
Make a portobello pizza. Top grilled portobello caps with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella and fresh oregano and bake in a 400° oven for five minutes.
Dice mushrooms and sear in a hot frying pan coated with olive oil. Then sub them for half of the ground beef in your taco.
For healthier potato salad, dice a cold baked potato and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh basil. Make niçoise salad with cooled boiled potatoes, steamed green beans, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, tuna and olives.
Turn leftovers into pancakes. Whisk one egg and chopped fresh herbs into a cup of cold leftover mashed potatoes. Divide into four pancake-shaped portions, dust with flour and cook over medium heat in canola oil.
Toss dark chocolate chips and chopped tart dried cherries into low-fat plain Greek yogurt.
For a dessert quesadilla, spread one tablespoon of almond butter on half of an eight-inch whole-wheat tortilla. Top with sliced banana and one tablespoon of chopped dark chocolate. Fold in half; heat in a nonstick pan.
Swirl a few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder into your favorite chili recipe.