If you were to remove unhealthy, inflammatory foods from your diet, white pasta, white bread, and refined grains would likely be the first to go. Unsurprisingly, these are also the foods that leave you with a full, satiated stomach at the end of the meal; eventually, your body gets used to that level of all-consuming fullness and even comes to expect it. When choosing to give up these types of foods, the challenge is more about finding equally satisfying foods than it is trying to compensate for flavor. We can all agree that a light salad won't do the trick, but dietitians swear by the following three vegetables when looking for a filling, satisfying meal (without the heavy carbs). Here's what they told Women's Health:
"You've probably heard fiber is key to filling you up. One medium artichoke has more than 10 grams of fiber—that's nearly twice as much as broccoli, the next highest-fiber vegetable!" — Keri Glassman, RD
Starchy Root Veggies
"Starchy veggies like potatoes and parsnips get a bad rap, but research shows that the specific kind of fiber they contain, called resistant starch, may actually help keep you full longer and level out blood sugar levels. Obviously, frying them isn't the way to go, but a baked spud with a little Greek yogurt and fresh herbs can be surprisingly hearty." — Simona Hradil, RD, a sports dietitian at CSUN Athletics
"The fact that fiber keeps us full is common knowledge, but water content and flavor are also major contributors to how satisfying a food is. Beets are more than 80% water and have incredible flavor. Steamed, sealed beets are perfect to stock your fridge and pantry with for a quick, filling meal." — Lisa Suriano, owner and founder of Veggiecation
Head over to Women's Health for more insight, and share your go-to filling vegetable in the comments below!