8 Filling Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

No more iceberg lettuce for you

The day starts so well: A green juice for breakfast, an apple and a salad for lunch, seven peanut butter cups for a snack and…dammit. We feel your pain.

Next time hunger pangs hit, we give you full permission to pig out on one of these tasty, filling and healthy foods that won’t wreak havoc on your diet.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some crispy chickpeas to munch on.

Cooking Classy

Sweet Potatoes

Unlike its starchy white counterpart, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, protein and antioxidants, but are extremely low in fat and calories. Best of all, they’re high in fiber, so they’ll keep you full and satisfied for hours.


OK, they probably aren’t the first thing you think of when you hear the word “filling,” but hear us out. Cukes have an extremely high water content, so you can literally snack on them all day long and they won’t impact your diet in the slightest.

Crème de la Crumb


Keep a stash of almonds in your bag and grab a couple whenever you get hungry. But seriously guys, just a few. Fifteen almonds contain 100 calories, so a little goes a long way.


Dearest chickpeas: How do we love thee? Let us count the ways. One, you’re an insanely good source of protein. Two, your fiber content is off the charts. Three, hummus.



They’re just as addictive as M&Ms, but eat 100 of these guys and you’re still under 100 calories.


Black Beans

Swap out ground beef or turkey for black beans in recipes, and you’ll probably never miss the meat. 1 cup of black beans contains a whopping 15 grams protein and 60 percent of the fiber you’ll need for the day.


One head has 200 calories, so eat the whole damn thing.


It’s filling like a grain, but it’s actually a seed--1 cup contains 8 grams protein, but will cost you only 200 calories. Take that, rice.

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Lindsay Champion

Freelance Editor

From 2015-2020 Lindsay Champion held the role of Food and Wellness Director. She continues to write for PureWow as a Freelance Editor.
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