That New Year's resolution to lose those extra pounds is a great start toward improving your health and your figure. But now that the holiday season is over, you're in a quandary over just what is and isn't permissible on a sensible, healthy diet. The thought of diet food is not a pleasant one. So, you're wondering: are there good-tasting foods that won't pack on the pounds?
Indeed there are many tasty victuals tailor-made for the foodie who is forced to watch his or her weight. The idea is to eat foods that satisfy your hunger in a big way, with the smallest number of calories possible. We've put together a list of yummy choices that will fill you up without leaving you hungry for more.
Hot and Saucy Chicken Salad
Nutrition experts have found that eating food spiced with hot peppers slows down eating time. That means you fill up without eating past your natural point of satiation. Cool and dice a poached chicken breast, then sauce up your cold salad with one or two tablespoons of low calorie mayonnaise. Add some sliced celery and chopped onion and give the whole thing a splash or two of hot sauce.
Garden Veggie Soup
It's proven: starting your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup cuts down your calorie intake by as much as 20%. That's because the soup calms your hunger pangs so you're not in such a hurry to wolf down the rest of your meal. If you start with soup, you'll eat less of your main course. It's that simple.
Sip on green tea all day long instead of nibbling on snacks. The tea has no calories and can help you feel full. Research also shows that green tea can boost your metabolism. Try herbal iced green tea or drink it hot with a slice of ginger to punch up the flavor.
Salads have long been known as the dieter's best friend. They fill you up for almost no calories. Use cucumbers in your salads for best results. Cukes are 95% water, so they add volume without calories. Chop one cucumber, 1 tomato, and half of an onion into a fine dice. Mince and add a tablespoon or more of fresh, flat-leaf parsley. Give the veggies a splash of olive oil, a squirt of lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy your classic (and guilt-free) salad!