Greek Yogurt

1. Eggs

Eggs are a great inexpensive source of high-quality protein. Most of the protein is found in the egg whites, while the fat is found in the yolk.

2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a must have on every menu! A medium sized sweet potato has about 100 calories and 4 grams of fiber.

3. Hummus

Humus is a combination of chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and salt. This tasty combination is an awesome source of fiber because of the main ingredient chickpeas.  Most hummus is store bought versus homemade and has about 2.7 grams of fiber per serving. Fiber helps us stay longer fuller and slows down the absorption of sugar in our bloodstream.

4. Broccoli

Broccoli is the crown of green veggies! This amazing little vegetable is full of nutrients and tons of antioxidants. It has even been proven to have cancer-fighting benefits,

5. Oatmeal

Enjoy a power punch of a breakfast with instant unflavored oatmeal. Oatmeal has four grams of fiber per serving. This amazing food also has soluble fiber, which contributes to keeping cholesterol levels in check and insoluble fiber, which aids in keeping you full longer. Be sure to watch out for flavored instant oatmeal packets, those generally run very high in sugar.

6. Greek Yogurt

Plain Greek yogurt has double the protein, half the carbs and half the sodium of the regular variety! It doesn’t get much better than that. The increased protein will help you feel full longer and satisfied. Again be careful of flavored Greek yogurt; the sugar is considerably higher in flavored yogurts.

7. Almonds

This little nut is jam packed with so many benefits for the body. Almonds can reduce hunger, promote weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and reduce blood pressure.  Almonds also contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein and vitamin E.  As awesome as these little nuts are, try to watch your quantity of them. While they are high in good fat, you still want to monitor how much fat you are consuming.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at haley.church@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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