12 Foods That Make Counting Calories Obsolete (We Can’t Get Enough of #4!)

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1. Figs

If you suffer from the perpetual sweet tooth, figs are a terrific answer. Many of us simply don’t feel satisfied after eating unless we finish a meal with something sweet. Figs have a sweet tasting flesh that is super high in fiber but low in calories. One fig has about 37 calories and one gram of fiber, which helps to slow the release of sugar into the bloodstream. This will prevent the erratic highs and lows caused by eating cookies or other sweets after dinner.

 

2. Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon

When talking fish, the two things you must consider are the healthy fat content versus the contamination level of the fish you would like to eat. Wild caught Alaskan salmon is one of your best choices when choosing fish. It is super high in omega-3s but low on the scale of contamination. Without healthy fats, such as the omega-3s in fish, your cells cannot function properly. Since wild salmon eat a natural diet, they have a more complete nutritional profile. Avoid farmed salmon at all costs as their artificial diet, loaded with GMO foods and other junk, negatively affects their nutritional profile.

 

3. Apples

The ever popular apple is one of the few fruits that contain pectin — it naturally slows down the digestion and encourages the feeling of fullness. Several studies have shown that those who consumed an apple as a part of a meal ate less because they felt more satisfied.  Don’t waste your time with juice or applesauce, whole apples take a long time to eat but they contain very few calories. This gives your body more time to tell the brain that you are full. This means you can eat a great many apples and avoid feeling deprived.

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