September 8

Weight Loss-Friendly Foods to Enjoy

Auction and Apples 006Foods that fill you up while providing nutritional value are the best foods to choose for weight loss. Try not to think of calories as much as what a certain fruit, protein, or vegetable does for your body. The quality of calories counts more than their number. Here are five to keep in your larder or refrigerator at all times.

1. Apples

These high-fiber fruits are also rich in vitamin C, so eat one every day. You’ll probably find they fill you up quickly which is owing to their high fiber content so that a big meal or bag of chips will appear less tempting. Fiber helps you feel full but also promotes regular bowel movements. Vitamin C gives you energy and helps your immune system function properly. If your body is constantly fighting illness, it’s difficult to feel energetic and become or remain active to burn calories and fat.

2. Nuts

I’m talking about tree nuts, not legumes, especially hazelnuts, walnuts, and pecans. They are relatively low in fat compared with Brazil and macadamia nuts. Walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts are good sources of protein, healthy fats which help fight bad cholesterol, and they add crunch to foods like oatmeal and salad. A handful will help you fend off fatigue, especially with apple slice to add bulk to a snack. Nut butters without sugar or salt give more value to sandwiches if you need a quick meal, especially along with potassium-rich banana slices.

3. Kale

Yep: that wrinkly green vegetable your mother said was good for you is now one of the hottest greens going. Turn your nose up, but kale is making its way into salad mixes, commercial smoothies, soups sold at fancy restaurants, and can even be turned into “chips.” While kale chips are better than potato chips, it is still far better to include the leaves (not the bitter stems) in salads and smoothies. You get the calcium and antioxidant properties without adding fat. Their calcium content increases your metabolism and promotes weight loss.

4. Berries

Take a handful of berries to work with you every day. Add some to cereal. Mix them into vegetable or fruit salad for color and their sweet-sharp explosion of flavor. Raw blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries contain numerous vitamins but also antioxidants. They are also low-calorie snack foods you can enjoy guilt-free. Choose fresh or frozen (frozen berries still contain a lot of nutrients).

5. Miso Soup

Ever notice how slender and healthy Japanese people are? They eat a lot of fermented soy paste in the form of miso soup. This simple dish consisting of soy paste plus pieces of tofu and seaweed fortifies the gastrointestinal tract by supporting good bacteria. Reduce inflammation and gas so your body clears out waste to become less bloated and slimmer.