Now you understand the link between simple carbs and hunger you might be after some ideas to start your day off on the right foot. If you are yet to read Part 1, you can take a look now.
In a nutshell, eating less simple carbs and more of the complex kind will help you feel more on top of things at work, less focused on your stomach, and more focused on the things you need to be doing to get through the working day.
Eating foods that ensure a stable rise and fall in blood sugar will make this more achievable as your body will stop craving that instant fix it has become accustomed to.
This doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of bakery treats forever!
Instead, try limiting the amount of processed foods you eat by adjusting your daily diet to include more unprocessed, natural foods. Try out some of these delicious options, and experiment to find what works for your hunger levels and your taste buds!
Breakfast ideas filled with complex carbs and protein
- Bowl of oats with full cream milk, chopped banana, apple or blueberries and topped with nuts
- Poached egg on multigrain, wholemeal or sourdough bread with a side of mushrooms, tomato and/or spinach
- Quinoa muffins – check out the link to easily make your own
- Avocado on multigrain, wholemeal or sourdough bread
- Whip up a smoothie – blueberries, chia seeds, banana, coconut or almond milk and a handful of spinach or kale leaves is a yum combo. Trust me, you won’t even taste the greens!
- Breakfast omelette jam packed with protein, serve with a side of greens
- Creamy oat or quinoa porridge with pretty much any flavour you fancy
Tasty snacks for pre lunch hunger pangs
- Boiled egg on multigrain bread (try it at work by popping a boiled egg into a folded piece of lightly buttered bread)
- Small serve of oats topped with yoghurt, diced apple and walnuts. Add cinnamon for extra flavour.
- Celery sticks with peanut butter (dot some sultanas along the peanut butter if you are looking for some sweetness)
- Carrot dipped into hummus (sounds a bit lame but is actually pretty tasty!)
- Rice cakes with avocado or cheese
- Yoghurt and berries
- Apple with spread of peanut butter (yummmm!)
- Munch on a handful of nuts – almonds, walnuts and or brazil nuts are all great for boosting mental capacity
Tip: Dedicate five minutes each night after dinner to prepare some of these snacks so that in the morning you can just get up and go. Boiling a couple of eggs or throwing some oats into a jar is super simple and means you don’t have to fuss in the early hours of the morning.
For even more inspiration…
Head on over to Pinterest and check out my board Start your Day the Right Way to find even more delicious smoothies, oat recipes, toast topper ideas and low GI options.