You are looking to lose weight and get in shape. How do you start?
The very obvious thing is to manage your calorie intake and engage in some physical activity. In the beginning, it is very easy to do so. The difficult part begins during the end stages of your diet when calories drop and you have very little food to eat due to the calorie limits. Or do you? Not really if you have the smart tricks, I am going to give here, up your sleeve.
In this article, I am going to show five ways you can add more food volume to your diet:
1. Eat Cauliflower rice over rice
By this, by no means am I saying that rice is unhealthy, or cauliflower is superior. But replacing your regular rice with cauliflower rice occasionally can help you have a lot more rice. Cauliflower rice can be used as a base for curries and stews, for salad bowls, as a side for fish or chicken. Cauliflower rice tastes amazing when the main part of the dish is rich like with curries and stews.
2. Popcorn it
If you are someone who gets tempted by savory snacks or are craving something salty, popcorn can be a savior. It is a great substitute for grain chips, potato chips, vegetable chips or crackers. And I’m not talking about butter, chocolate or caramel or cheese coated popcorn. The good old classic salted ones.
3. Half and half with pasta and zucchini
It is easy to overfill a bowl with pasta and the calories going through the roof. But again, very few do not like pasta. If you want to manage your calories and still enjoy pasta, replace half of your pasta portion with spiralized zucchini. Top it up with some non-starchy veggies and lean protein, skipping the cream. Spice it up with oregano and chili flakes.
4. Double cook your oats
Did you know that you can increase the volume of oats for a given dry weight using a very simple trick? Simply by double cooking it.
The idea is to add more than the recommended liquid to the oats, prior to cooking. Then you can either microwave or cook on the stovetop, but STOP before all the water is absorbed.
Procedure: Microwave or cook on the stove, but stop before all the water is absorbed. Put in the fridge, uncovered. A few hours later, it will turn into 2 cups-worth of voluminous oats! If you want it hot, you can still reheat it. Reheat it just until it becomes warm/hot, and the volume will stay. Enjoy them.
5. Halfsies with your chocolate portion
You can absolutely eat chocolate while dieting. But the amount is something that might disappoint you because of the caloric density. But you can definitely satiate the sweet tooth by keeping your portion small and topping it up with something, not as calorie dense yet filled with nourishing nutrients like the 100 grams of strawberries.
So when we say dieting does not have to be torturous, we mean it. I hope these hacks will help you enjoy more food and a variety of it, making your dieting fun and enjoyable.