6 Lunches That Will Actually Keep You Full Until Dinner
Step away from the leftover birthday cake
Another day, another lunch (half) hour spent shoveling a salad into your mouth… and awaiting that famished feeling that comes approximately 25 minutes afterward. Fight the urge to snack later by making yourself one of these six satisfying and delicious meals in the first place.
Green Goddess Egg Salad Sandwich
Eggs are full of protein and good fat, making egg salad a terrific option for staying fuller longer. This sammie packs a double punch thanks to the inclusion of avocado, which has fiber, heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and oleic acid, a naturally occurring oil that sends signals to your brain that you’re full.
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Chickpeas
You’re craving a big bowl of pasta, but you know if you cave you’ll be halfway to sleepytown in the blink of an eye. Instead, try “noodles” made from spiralized sweet potatoes and zucchini, topped with pesto and crispy roasted chickpeas. When it comes to keeping you satiated, chickpeas bring the trifecta: good fat, lean protein and complex carbs. They also keep your blood sugar stable, meaning you’ll be way less likely to reach for the M&M's bowl come 1:30.
Italian Chicken, Quinoa and Vegetable Soup
Soup is an awesome lunch option, especially when it comes together in a slow cooker. Make a big batch over the weekend and store it in the freezer in pre-portioned, ready-for-work containers. This recipe has everything you need to stay full until dinner: Quinoa is an excellent source of protein (as is chicken), veggies are packed with fiber, and soups with a high water content keep you hydrated and sated.
Chocolate Coconut Overnight Oats
Oatmeal is high in protein and beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that makes you feel full. This recipe also calls for chia seeds, which are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and essential nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. And come on, who doesn’t want to eat something that looks like a decadent chocolate dessert--on a random Tuesday afternoon?
Quinoa and Kale Protein Power Salad
Well, doesn’t this look lovely? Kale (and other leafy greens like spinach) has a super-high water content and a ton of fiber. Add to that the protein power of quinoa and chickpeas and the deliciousness of pomegranate seeds and clementines and you’ve got an incredibly fresh and satisfying meal.
Chile-Roasted Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Bowl
This colorful bowl is full of long-lasting goodness. Quinoa is great, duh, but this guy’s also got black beans, which, like chickpeas, have a ton of plant-based protein and fiber. Chile powder, which is used to roast the sweet potatoes and is also in the dressing, has capsaicin, a compound that kick-starts your metabolism and increases satiety and feelings of fullness.