Joel Fuhrman, M.D. claims that if you follow his Eat to Live Diet, you will lose weight quickly without depriving your appetite, and you will slowly stop craving the processed and fatty foods that lead to weight gain. The premise behind his eating plan is: Health = Nutrients/Calories. Therefore, if you fill your body with nutrient-dense food, you will fill up faster by consuming less. In Dr. Fuhrman’s book, he urges you to focus on a vegetarian diet full of fruits, vegetables and legumes and to avoid (or severely limit) animal products, refined carbohydrates and processed foods in order to achieve optimal health.
Although snacking is not encouraged on the Eat to Live Diet, here are some natural snacks to munch on to hold you over until your next meal:
1. Vegetable Soup
Vegetable soup is always a great snack or appetizer choice, as it’s not only chock full of vitamins and nutrients, but it will fill you up and prevent you from overeating at your next meal. Make sure your soup contains a wide variety of vegetables for optimal nutrition. The broth should be low-sodium and free of cream or other fatty ingredients. It is also great to choose a vegetable soup that contains legumes, such as beans or lentils, for additional fiber.
2. Small Pita with Veggies
If you find yourself exceptionally hungry between meals, or if you have to fuel up for a workout, you might want to snack on a pita loaded with veggies. Take a small, whole wheat pita, line it with a small amount of hummus, and fill it with a variety of raw veggies.
3. Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is the ultimate grain, and lucky for you, this nutritional powerhouse tastes delicious. Since whole grains should be limited on the Eat to Live Diet, add an abundance of chopped vegetables to a small amount of quinoa to create the perfect snack. Flavor this nutritionally dense salad with lemon juice and spices.
4. Stuffed Mushrooms
To make the above snack even more interesting and nutritional, add the quinoa salad to portabella mushroom caps. Sprinkle them with a small amount of Parmesan cheese and bake them.
5. Bean Salad
While on the Eat to Live Diet, keep a bowl of freshly prepared bean salad in the fridge to snack on when hunger strikes. It will provide you with the filling fiber and energy you need to get you through this diet. Simply mix together a variety of beans, such as black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans and even some lentils. Add some green beans and chopped tomatoes to the mix, and flavor it with a small amount of olive oil and spices.
6. Baked Apple
For a sweet snack that will help control your sugar cravings, try a baked apple that’s covered in cinnamon (a flavorful and nutritious spice). Eat the apple slowly and savor every bite. You could even cover it with a small amount of dry oatmeal, and pretend like you’re enjoying apple pie.