Is snacking ruining your diet? That’s down to certain brain cells – so here are 5 foods that communicate with them to make you feel full.

1) AVOCADO

Over the last few years they’ve become one of the most popular things to have on toast for breakfast. Served in every trendy breakfast café across the UK, these creamy, fibrous fruits are not only delicious, but also contain oleic acid and monounsaturated fat, which tells your brain that your stomach is full, preventing snacking.

2) LENTILS

As with all the pulse family, lentils are a fantastic source of fibre, but thanks to their protein and carbohydrate content, they are like a snack-stopping superfood!

3) WALNUTS

A study published in August of 2017 found that walnuts increase activation in a part of the brain called the insula. The insula is associated with decision-making when faced with the choice between a healthy snack and an unhealthy option. So, eating a few walnuts everyday will not only give you a fibre and protein boost, but they may also help you to make better food choices in general.

4) DATES

Immensely high in fibre, and delicious in smoothies for a sweetness boost, dates are a fantastic way to snack without feeling guilty.

5) TUNA STEAK

As with most fish, tuna contains excellent levels of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 helps to increase the fullness hormone leptin. Research has also found leptin to increase satiety for longer among people trying to lose weight.

Fat fighting banana, date and walnut smoothie

Try delicious smoothie, packed full of fibre and rich in protein, which all helps to keep you fuller for longer.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 4 soft dates
  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass of your choice, and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and whole walnut.

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