When our stomachs start to rumble, we can think of pretty much nothing other than satisfying our cravings. It’s easy to reach for a bar of chocolate or a bag of chips, but more often than not, these quick fixes actually leave us feeling more deflated than before we ate. Instead of filling us up and giving us energy, these things make us crave more junk and have us aching for an afternoon nap.
But what if what you ate didn’t just provide momentary satisfaction? What if it could give you energy, keep you full, make you feel like your strongest, best self?
Here are our five favourite recipes to feel fuller, fitter and fresher.
- Spelt and Apple Salad with Crispy Nuts & Seeds – the good fats in all of the deliciously crunchy nuts and seeds will give you the boost you need, while the spelt and apple are great sources of fibre that help keep you satisfied.
- Oat and Apple Pancakes – many people skip breakfast, but there’s a reason they say it’s the most important meal of the day. Fuel up before a ride or work with satisfying and delicious pancakes packed with whole grain and fruit.
- Turkey and Bean Chili – don’t be fooled by this rich, tasty dish. It’s packed with healthy, satisfying lean protein (thank you, turkey!) and good, filling carbs (that’ll be the beans).
- Sesame Salmon, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Sweet Potato Mash – who needs junky takeout when you can make something 10 times better at home, especially when it also happens to be 10 times better for you too? Satisfying protein and omega-3s from the salmon, boatloads of nutrients from the broccoli and serious staying power from the mash? Perfect.
Energy Balls – pretty self-explanatory, don’t you think? Dates, oat flour, walnuts and almond butter work together in these little no-bake energy bites to pack a serious energy-boosting punch.