How does anyone stay full? No matter what your diet consists of – a balanced and nutritiously complete meal or snack is the key to keeping your belly full and your body fueled!
The golden rule to staying full and being satisfied is to mix and match carbs and proteins. I’m not talking about eggs and lean meats here – I’m talking about completely whole and plant-based proteins.
A perfect example of this is to enjoy a light lunch or a decent-sized snack of apples and all-natural peanut butter.
For dinner, make your side dish a combination of brown rice or quinoa and beans.
If you’re feeling helpful, when you’re finished reading this, please feel free to share your carb/protein meal and snack super hybrids in the comment section below!
It’s also important to make sure that you’re getting enough calories. Amp up the volume of fruits and veggies; don’t just nix the meat and dairy and think that that same amount of produce will fulfill your dietary needs. Plant-based foods tend to have less calories which is a blessing because that means you get to eat more of the best foods in the entire world, yum! Use a basic calorie tracker to help you get a handle on how many calories you’re taking in. Myfitnesspal is a great network to help calculate your daily caloric intake.
To get everything I need to stay full, I enjoy a HUGE salad. I know… you might want something more creative – but what’s more creative then a giant, colorful, and protein-packed plate of greens, fruits and veggies?
Be bold and toss together some kale or spinach (whatever your leafy green of choice is) and pile on the beans (chickpeas are delish!), seeds such as flax, a small handful of unsalted nuts, carrots, tomatoes, avocado, apples, cucumbers, strawberries, etc… the list goes on! Just remember the carb and protein combo.
Another tip is to LISTEN to your stomach. If you’re hungry – eat! If you’re a vegan newbie then chances are that you’re experiencing an expedited metabolism. This is because your body isn’t wasting precious energy to digest and breakdown unnecessary food items such as chunky meats and overly-processed foods.
Snack on whole grains and healthy produce to guarantee you’re consuming a whole and balanced serving each time you munch!
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