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October 2015 Issue

Top Foods to Boost Satiety

Some foods, such as oatmeal, almonds, and Greek yogurt, can help you feel more full, and thus, help you to stay trim.

One of the biggest challenges to maintaining a healthy weight is fending off the hunger pangs that can spiral into cookie jar raids. Luckily, staying trim might be as simple as stuffing your grocery cart with more of the foods that can keep you feeling full. Such satiety-boosting foods are rich in fiber, protein and healthy fats, according to Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She says, “These components are digested slower in our bodies, so we feel full for longer.” Such foods also prevent a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash, which can cause feelings of hunger shortly after eating. On the flipside, heavily processed foods, like sugary boxed cereals and doughy white bread, deliver little in the way of satiety power, which can lead to the hunger pangs that precede overeating. So, here are our top food picks to keep your hand out of the cookie jar.

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