Smart snacking is an important part of healthy eating. If you don’t take care of your cravings throughout the day, you’re more prone to overeating at your next meal. Unfortunately, a lot of the healthiest foods aren’t substantial enough to hold you over until dinner. So how can you pick the best low calorie snacks that will actually keep you full? We’ve got you covered.
WHAT MAKES YOU FULL?
To know how to pick the best snacks, you need to know what actually makes you full. The two macronutrients that contribute most to fullness are fiber and protein.
Fiber’s effects are pretty obvious: fiber takes longer for your digestive system to break down, which means your body will be humming along for a few hours before it decides you need more food.
Protein, on the other hand, is a little more complex. To put it simply, protein reduces the hormone that makes you feel hungry (ghrelin) and increases the hormone that makes you feel full (peptide YY).