Snacking is one of America’s greatest past times, let’s be honest. And in in further honesty, snacking doesn’t have to be bad! Keep your snacks healthy and filling, and you’ll avoid those “fluff foods” that only provide empty calories.
Chickpeas, like most beans, prove an excellent source of fiber. Most store-bought hummus’ contain 2.5-3 grams of fiber per serving. You can of course, make your own, and know exactly what goes in it! Just throw chickpeas in your food processor, then add yummy flavors like lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and cumin.
Did you know that just one cup of (about one whole) avocado contains TEN grams of fiber?? Throw some fresh avocado and a hard boiled egg together, and you’ve got a delicious, filling breakfast.
Lentils get their filling power from their levels of both protein and fiber. Just one cup of lentils contains 16 grams of fiber, and 18 grams of protein! Talk about power-packed. Plus, they are gluten-free, so if you have a sensitivity they are a great way to get nutrients! Just toss them in a veggie soup for lunch to keep you going through the day.
1 medium-sized pear contains 6 grams of fiber; pair this with some protein for a mid-morning or afternoon snack and you will be sure to fight off a grumbling tummy!
- Almonds are a great snack to have on hand for when you just need something crunchy. With 17 grams of fiber and 30 grams of protein in one cup, a small amount will keep your hunger at bay in between meals. Just be careful you don’t eat large amounts, however, as their calorie level is high.