Low calories but lots of satisfaction?

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 14:31
Does anyone know what kind of foods can keep me satisfied the longest with the least amount of calories? I'm trying to go with 1,200 a day, and I really need to eat things that will fill me up! (94% fat free microwave popcorn is one of my fave!)
What works for you guys?

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 14:32
Proteins, Proteins and Proteins!

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 14:34
fiber is typically a food source that makes you feel full while producing lower amounts of calories. so id look around for high fiber foods.

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 14:42
*greek yogurt - i like dannon the best.
*cucumbers, if you don't like them plain, have a small amount of hummus with them
*cant go wrong with salad - huge amount of mixed greens, lots of veggies, some chicken, not very much dressing - you will be full full full

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 15:07
Protein, protein, protein. Chicken and greek yogurt are great sources.

To satisfy a serious munchie problem, go for low-calorie dense foods like carrot sticks. You can eat a lot of them and get very few calories out of them.

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 15:31
You can stir fry/braise cabbage in Pam cooking spray - it is hearty with minimal calories.

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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 15:39
Last night I had broiled chicken breasts cut up and placed in a whole grain tortilla with some salsa, onion, and mushrooms (sometimes I add lettuce but no cheese or sour cream). Each one is 260 calories, 4g fat, 7.5g fiber, 12g net carbs, and 36g protein. I eat two of these for dinner and even after working out later in teh evening I do not get hungry.
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Posted: 01 Mar 2011, 19:05
Thanks a bunch for all your suggestions!I will try everything! And talking about proteins, I just had a thin sandwhich with egg whites, talk about yummi and filling! Thanks again!

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Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 12:38
A great healthy salad dressing I make is Greek Tzatziki Sauce. It is awesome on chicken, Gyro's, tuna, and any salad. It is a great mayonnaise replacement. Here is a down and dirty quick recipe.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Cucumber run through a food processor and then strain the water out
Very small amount of dill
Little lemon juice
Mix well and chill
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Posted: 02 Mar 2011, 16:32
Subway's healthier options, Taco Bell's fresco options, lighter versions of chowders and chilis, fruit (including low sugar canned), whole wheat bread (in moderation), soup and salad combos. My whole life seems to be about finding something that gives me as much bang for the calorie as possible. Many satisfying foods are produceable on lower calorie models, but the downside is you have to cook (and research).

You might start out thinking about what foods (even non nutritious foods) you find satisfying and then do some research to find a recipe that you can cook (or convert) that is similar, but more nutritious and lower calorie. Even desserts can be susceptible to this strategy. So pick a meal and then go to work. You'll find often people have done your work for you already. Looking for a low calorie corn chowder, someone has invented it already. Cooking Light is a good magazine to peruse, and diabetic cookbooks are too because they tend to be low sugar and low fat.
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