5 Fridge Staples of a Hungry Healthy-Food Blogger
I recently conversed with two ladies who both, in all seriousness, professed to having “forgotten to eat for a whole day.” I gaped at them in total bewilderment. Aside from the occasional stomach bug, I’ve never missed a meal — let alone a whole day of meals. I’m a hungry girl. I eat a beautiful diet full of produce, healthy fats, and protein for all the right reasons, one of which is satiating my hunger whilst maintaining my shape. I never skip breakfast (the horror!) and rarely go three hours without a snack.
Why so hungry? I’m over trying to figure it out.
Instead, I’ve become a consistent believer in “volumetrics,” and have learned there are certain foods that I can shamelessly eaten with abandon, as in, I’m going to eat until I feel full. These are my go-to foods to get me back on track after the scale creeps or I’ve attended one too many kids’ birthday parties. If you, too, are an always-hungry girl like me, take note.
Cole slaw mix
Simply shredded cabbage and carrots, this inexpensive grocery store item will last over a week in your fridge. Dress it up with your favorite Asian-style vinaigrette and chopped chicken. Or prepare this make-ahead salad — my favorite lunch! — to keep in the fridge for when the munchies strike.
At just over 30 calories per cup (versus nearly 200 in whole wheat pasta), this is the garden’s high-fiber gift for the gluten intolerant (and the hungry folks). Make yourself a big bowl and dig in. A bowl of spaghetti squash pairs great with this tomato sauce.
The possibilities are literally endless with late-summer staple. I just made my favorite zucchini and basil soup and added a can of drained, rinsed chickpeas before pureeing, increasing the fiber and protein content. It was delicious (and filling!). Zucchini FTW.
We all know the yolk is now back in rotation due to nutrients like choline and biotin, but at 55 calories (the white has about 17) it holds heft. As a good chunk of the protein is in the white, I like to make egg and veggie scrambles or frittatas with one whole egg, then add as much egg white as I like (usually a lot). I told you: I’m a hungry girl.
Stuffing pizza crust with cheese or fried dough with jelly is not a good idea when you’re looking to take more than a few bites. How about stuffing mushrooms with fragrant, flavorful veggies and cheese? Well that’s just genius. These dinners support portion control but with stats this great, why limit yourself? Recipe here.
Hungry like me? Hope you find something interesting here! Have suggestions for foods that ought to be on this list? List them in the comments!
Becca Boyd is a wife and mom who creates healthy and delicious recipes in her West Chester kitchen. She blogs about them on her website, Home Beccanomics.
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