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I have been having a little trouble feeling full/satisfied with small meals throughout the day. Drinking water does help, but I still feel like I could fit more food in my belly.  Then today I saw that our bananas were getting dark, but I really didn't feel like eating it. I usually use them for shakes, or my daughter eats them. SO I had just had a light lunch of Wheatables crackers with Spinach artichoke dip (17 small crackers and 2 TBS). Well, I thought of the banana, and decided that what the heck! I will eat the banana and that should hold me over until my next meal. Well, I only made it half way through the banana, and I felt FULL!  I'm sure another fruit might work also, but the banana really, really, did me in as far as feeling absolutely stuffed. It's been an hour, and I'm still feeling full and happy, of course I've been sipping on water too so that also helps!  Try it next time, (if you have bananas)...eat a small meal, 100-200 calories, and eat a banana, which is about 100 calories, and drink water! Hopefully you feel full and happy too!!

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Bananas are an old trick. Just imagining eating a banana makes me feel somehow fuller.

Bananas, apples, yep, many people use this trick.  I prefer apples since they're usually lower in calories, as a large banana is around 120 calories, and a medium apple (which fills me up more than the banana) is around 95.

Totally agree. Bananas are magic. Combined with half a glass of low fat milk and you'll almost guaranteed feel full for hours!

Apples (though I do enjoy them) are actually counter productive for me in terms of creating that full feeling. I find them (almost any type of apple) hard to digest and feel a lot hungrier on them than not eating anything at all. Through digesting them, it makes my stomach rumble a bit, which creates a fake feeling of hunger!

It appears I'm definitely not alone in this....

That's odd.  I know a lot of people use apples as a filler.  I have to keep it to a medium sized apple, if I try to eat a large apple I feel so full that I feel sick.

Original Post by whichwayup:

Totally agree. Bananas are magic. Combined with half a glass of low fat milk and you'll almost guaranteed feel full for hours!

Apples (though I do enjoy them) are actually counter productive for me in terms of creating that full feeling. I find them (almost any type of apple) hard to digest and feel a lot hungrier on them than not eating anything at all. Through digesting them, it makes my stomach rumble a bit, which creates a fake feeling of hunger!

It appears I'm definitely not alone in this....

Im the same way ^^. I eat an apple and I think I am dying of hunger a half hour later. I have to eat it with something else. preferably peanut butter! :)
Original Post by whichwayup:

Apples (though I do enjoy them) are actually counter productive for me in terms of creating that full feeling. I find them (almost any type of apple) hard to digest and feel a lot hungrier on them than not eating anything at all. Through digesting them, it makes my stomach rumble a bit, which creates a fake feeling of hunger!

Same here.

Well, I wish I would've known about it a lot sooner! I never really just ate bananas, except for with ice-cream!  But, I'm going to be eating a lot more of them now...plus, I could use the potassium =)

Bananas can also be made into a really great frozen dessert, almost like ice cream.

You take a ripe banana (preferably yellow with dark spots so it's sweet tasting),  chop it up and freeze it over night or until it's frozen through  and quite hard. Then, put it in a blender or food processor - instant soft-serve banana 'icecream'. You can also refreeze the softer banana  "icecream" to make a more traditional scoopable dessert. If you like it toned down a bit and don't mind the calories, add a bit of milk in. Delicious! No sugar needed, either.

You can also add other things to the mix, like frozen fruit, chocolate chips or cocoa powder. Apparently peaches can be treated the same way, but I've never done it.

MMM peaches...AND mango :0) excellent tip thanks :oD Cool

Oh, and a small tip from me on the savoury additions to make a meal more filling if you like them: mushrooms, they contain only about 13 calories per 100g and seem to be mostly made up of water and a small amount of protein, ideal added to pasta so you can reduce the pile of pasta, saving 100-150 cals depending how much you like them ;0)

I am definately going to try the banana ice-cream thing, with maybe some yogurt to give it more texture. I have always wanted to try eating mushrooms on my food (like on pizza, or with pasta), but I'm afraid of the taste. Same thing with Asparagus. I'm never afraid to try fruits, because I love all fruits! But vegetables that people say are delicious usually they say have a "woodsy" taste?

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