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Christmas guilt sets in from 5pm on Stephen’s day

Friday, 26th December 2014: Christmas is a time of indulgence and Tesco has looked into online traffic for healthy eating and diet searches over the festive period. Christmas guilt sets in from Stephen’s day with people begin to seek out dieting or healthy eating solutions from 5pm, while the next peak in traffic comes at approximately 8am on the first Monday in January. However, our interest in dieting has been eclipsed by a desire to enjoy healthier food – after years of decline, global searches for ‘dieting’ were overtaken by searches for ‘healthy food’ in 2013 and beyond.*

After indulging at Christmas, many people start the New Year with good intentions by eating healthier food, watching portion size and exercising. But as their bodies adjust, some suffer hunger pangs. The Tesco Health & Wellbeing team has compiled a list of tasty foods that help to keep hunger at bay. With good fibre and/or protein content, these foods keep you feeling satisfied for longer than a food that is high in starch, sugar and fat.

Twenty hunger-busting foods

Foods that are high in protein or fibre – along with water - are great at curbing your hunger for long periods of time.

  1. Eggs: Rich in protein and unsaturated fats, an egg-based breakfast can easily keep you full until lunchtime.
  2. Oats: A bowl of oatmeal or porridge is a perfect choice anytime. Oats are high in fibre and are a low Gi food which can help balance your blood sugar levels, meaning they can curb your craving for snacks.
  3. Almonds: All nuts make a great hunger-busting snack, but almonds, with the higher fibre level per serving, is the king for satiety. Rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium, they are the perfect healthy snack
  4. Green leafy veg: Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, cabbage and Brussels Sprouts are top of the tree for keeping hunger at bay. These fibrous greens take longer for the body to digest and are full of iron and other nutrients.
  5. Cayenne pepper: Containing the chemical capsaicin, cayenne pepper may not only help curb your hunger, it could help rev your metabolism.
  6. Apples: An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away, it also keeps hunger at bay too. Apples are slow to digest, high in soluble fibre and contain pectin, a natural sugar, which helps you to feel full.
  7. Broth-based soup: A bowl of broth-based soup drunk before a meal can curb your hunger due to its high water content.
  8. Avocados: Tasty and delicious, avocados are high in fibre and contain oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that prompts your brain to signal that you are full.
  9. Greek yoghurt: Greek yoghurt contains twice the amount of protein compared to normal diary yoghurt, making it an ideal filling food. Plus, it’s rich in calcium and high in friendly bacteria which is essential for a healthy immune system.
  10. Beans: All varieties of beans are high in complex carbohydrates, protein and fibre, which all helps to keep you feeling full. Add them to salads, casseroles, curries and other dishes.
  11. Salmon: Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids make excellent filling food choices and salmon is also rich in protein and calcium.
  12. Dark chocolate: The high cocoa levels and bitter taste will stop any chocolate craving in its tracks while the steric acid contained in dark chocolate will help you to feel fuller for longer. 
  13. Water: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger so drinking a glass or two can often drive away hunger pangs.
  14. Coffee: Coffee is rich in caffeine and antioxidants which can boost your metabolism and curb your hunger.
  15. Sweet potatoes: Rich in vitamin A and C and less starchy than their floury counterparts, sweet potatoes contain a digestive enzyme that takes the body longer to break down so they will keep you satisfied for longer.
  16. Green tea: This well-known metabolism-booster also helps to balance your blood-sugar levels meaning you are less likely to get that hollow, hungry feeling.
  17. Chia seeds: These tiny seeds are rich in Omega 3, protein and fibre which promote satiety. They are also moisture-absorbing, meaning that once you have eaten them, they will expand, keeping you feeling full.
  18. Tofu: Not just for vegetarians, tofu is high in filling protein, low in calories and contains genistein a natural appetite suppressant.
  19. Cinnamon: Another hunger-busting spice which may help to regulate blood sugar levels and curb your appetite.
  20. Flax seeds: Rich in soluble fibre, Omega 3 and Omega 6, flax seeds are an ideal natural food.

By selecting healthy filling foods, you can eat healthy and make hunger pangs a thing of the past. Get more tips to eat well, get active and feel great in 2015 at tescohealthandwellbeing.com.

ENDS

For further press information please contact:

Amanda Farrell, Consumer PR Manager, Tesco Ireland T: 086 3902314 / amanda.farrell@tesco.ie

Online traffic references from Tesco Diets and tescohealthandwellbeing.com

*Source: Google Trends