One of the challenges with maintaining a healthy weight and subsequently a healthy heart is our tendency to overeat at main meals, feel peckish in between or crave something sweet afterwards.
There are many reasons why this happens, and they’re usually a combination of social, emotional and physiological. On the physiological side, a few reasons you may overeat are:
- You may not actually feel physically full, because the foods you’ve eaten previously haven’t given your body the tools to feel full.
- You may be extra hungry because you haven’t eaten enough throughout the day.
- You may not be eating enough protein.
Protein is an essential part of helping you feel full and satisfied. One of the best ways to get back in control of your appetite is to ensure you’re eating protein-rich foods at each of your meals, particularly breakfast and lunch.
So here are five protein-packed meals that you can throw together to help get you through the day.
About the author
Kate Freeman is HRI's resident nutritionist. She is a registered nutritionist from Canberra, Australia and the creator and managing director of the largest private nutrition practice in Canberra, The Healthy Eating Hub. Kate consults, writes, presents and mentors in the field of nutrition and has over 10 years of experience in the industry.