My Top 3 Go-To Snacks to Curb Hunger

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Disclaimer: This isn’t used in an effort for you to skip a meal and eat way less than you need. This isn’t meant to feed your eating disorder in ANY way.

I use these snacks for when I'm in a caloric deficit and I’m making a meal and don’t want to eat everything in the house while I’m waiting (because that always ends in me bingeing).

PLEASE do not use these as meal replacers.

NOW, let’s get to business.

When you’re like me--someone who struggles with binge-eating disorder, food anxiety, and low blood pressure when I haven’t eaten after 3-4 hours *YAY*--you need a little pick-me-up while preparing your meal.

(Side-note: This is why meal-prepping is perfect for people with busy schedules. But if you’re like me and enjoy cooking your meals fresh, then you adapt to the hand you’re dealt).

1. Heart of Palm

My mom introduced this to me recently! The texture freaked me out at first, still does on that first bite, but after that, I enjoy eating them!

Some Benefits to keep in mind-

Vitamins + Minerals:

  • B6

  • B2

  • Iron

  • Potassium

  • Copper

  • Phosphorus

  • Zinc

Other Benefits:

  • High in fiber (lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels)

  • Promotes heart health

  • Improves blood sugar control

  • Helps to prevent iron-deficiency anemia

  • Supports weight loss

You can buy these in a can (I recommend no oil) in the canned vegetable aisle at your local grocery store! Easy access!

2. Chickpeas (Also Known As Garbanzo Beans)

I used to DESPISE chickpeas. My mom would eat them raw in salads dowsed with balsamic vinegar and that turned me off to garbanzo beans for a hot while. Then, researching recipes, I discovered you could air-fry them, and my life changed for the better!

Vitamins + Minerals:

  • B6

  • Folate

  • Thiamin

  • Riboflavin

  • Niacin

  • Pantothenic acid

  • Manganese

  • Phosphorus

  • Copper

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Small amounts of potassium, selenium, and calcium.

Other Benefits:

  • Promotes heart health

  • May help to prevent some cancers

  • Regulates blood sugar

  • Improves colon health

  • Aids weight management

When I’m being lazy I’ll eat them out of the can. Most times I crisp them up in my air fryer with a variation of seasoning--garlic powder, paprika, salt, and garlic herb seasoning is my current favorite mixture. Don't be afraid to experiment! These go great in salads or on the side with some avocado toast.

You can easily find these in the vegetable aisle at your local grocery store for as cheap as 85c per can.

3. Pickles

This one isn’t a nutritional powerhouse, but it is low in calories! I would recommend buying low-sodium pickles (dill) if you’re like me and can easily eat a ½ jar.

Vitamins + Minerals:

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin K

Other Benefits:

  • Antioxidants (from the fermentation)

  • Eases muscle cramps

  • High in probiotics

Hope this article helped, at least a little! Don't forget that high-protein meals are going to increase satiety (make you feel fuller longer). These are just appetite curbers before eating your main meal, NOT a replacement.

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