In a recent study, thinking about a food's delicious flavor rather than its nutritional or health-related benefits helped to curb hunger later in the day.
A Taste That Satisfies
Delectable, savory, juicy, crunchy, yummy . . . all good words to have running through your mind when you munch on something healthy. That's exactly what people in a study did when they ate a chocolate-raspberry protein bar. And eating the bar with those kinds of thoughts in mind made the morsels much more satisfying than when the study participants thought of the treat as a fiber- and vitamin-packed health bar. (Get dozens of healthful, pound-shedding recipes that pack a treat for your taste buds, too.)
Thinking Is Believing
Although nothing could be further from the truth, many people mistakenly believe that healthy, low-cal foods simply can't satisfy hunger the way tasty foods can -- and this type of thinking may help explain the study results. Are you ready to turn that perception upside down? Great! Here are some RealAge-approved snacks that taste amazing:
- Make your own nutty, toasty Peanut Energy Bars.
- Add some Mexican flair to your fruit with Strawberry-Avocado Nachos.
- Give fatty chips the heave-ho, and make these crunchy, salty Kale Chips.