8 Super Foods for Weight loss

Do you remember when you were a kid constantly being told by your mom to eat  your fruits and vegetables? I certainly do and boy, oh, boy, do I regret that now. Of course as I matured, I came to have a new appreciation for my fruits and vegetables. But since I’ve been on my weight loss program, I’ve also come to realize that there are 10 super foods which you must incorporate into your diet if you want to lose weight. Yes, we all know how important it is to limit the number of calories we take in on any given day but losing weight also has a lot to do with what kind of food you consume as well.

Learning to eat in a whole new way can really be challenging so go easy on yourself. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” and neither were your thighs. If you’re like most women you’ve been gaining weight a slow, but steady pace probably since university. And that’s exactly the way you’ll have to lose it — at a slow, but steady pace.

So, exactly what are the 10 wonder foods to eat to facilitate weight loss? The following list includes some of the most delicious food that you can consume almost to your heart’s desire and without any guilt whatsoever. Enjoy!

  1. wonderfood-broccoliBroccoli: This leafy green vegetable is excellent in soups, steamed or even just raw. It provides an excellent source of both calcium and fiber and will help you stay feeling full for long after you’ve finished your meal. You can toss it onto a salad and then add just a teaspoon of sesame dressing and voila! you’re finished.

  2. superfood-cabbageCabbage: I love cabbage rolls and love to add fresh cabbage to many of my home prepared dishes. This wonderful vegetable is blessed with many antioxidants and vitamin C so it helps provide a great foundation for your immune system. You can cook cabbage up with apples and some ginger and you will get a delicious applesauce. It can also be used for Thai wraps instead of lettuce. This will give you an extremely low calorie meal which also will give you  a great health boost.

  3. wonderfood-CauliflowerCauliflower: If fighting off cancer is one of your worries, then add lots of cauliflower to your diet. This wonderful cruciferous vegetable comes packed with lots of vitamin C and it is highly rich in folate. Because of the folate which helps prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida in fetuses, cauliflower is an excellent vegetable for pregnant women to eat. You can steam it and then mash it as a delicious alternative to mashed potatoes. It is delicious when eaten raw.

  4. superfood-grapefoodGrapefruit: Grapefruits are so delicious that sometimes I just peel one and eat it like I would an orange. They provide lots of heart health advantages and even help stave off the development of atherosclerosis, or cardiovascular disease. Grapefruits contain large quantities of potassium, vitamin C and folic acid. They also contain a soluble fiber called pectin which is what protects against heart disease. If you’re looking to add more lycopene into your diet, opt for grapefruit.

  5. wonderfood-spinachSpinach: Oh, spinach has got to be my favorite vegetable. These delicious leafy greens pack a wallop in terms of their nutritional content. Folic acid, vitamin K, vitamin C and beta-carotene and lutein. You can throw all your vitamin supplements away if you add spinach to your diet just twice a week. It`s very easy to swap out your old favourite romaine lettuce for some fresh spinach. Just wash it and spin and top it with some fresh pomegranate seeds and some walnuts and you have a delicious salad. It can be easily used in a breakfast omelet — add some reduced-fat feta cheese and some tomato and Greek olives and you’ve got a wonderful Mediterranean breakfast in no time.

  6. superfood-lettuceLettuce: This is one of the best, diet-friendly foods you can eat. Lettuce provides an excellent source of vitamin B as well as folic acid. It also is, pound for pound, one of the best sources for manganese which is known to regulate blood sugar. If you’re going to use lettuce, opt for the dark leafy kind rather than just plain iceberg lettuce which has virtually no nutritional content at all.

  7. superfood-radishesRadishes: Radishes are fantastic sources of folic acid and antioxidants. They also contain lots of sulfur compounds which are extremely helpful in aiding with the digestive process. If you’re going to use radishes in a salad be sure to also use the greens. These little powerhouses contain about six times the amount of vitamin C as the root, the radish itself.

  8. Protein: Adding protein to your diet is not only smart, it’s essential if you want to lose weight. Protein comes in a variety of forms. I personally like to eat quinoa which is an ancient grain that is loaded with protein. I cook mine up with some chicken broth, and toss in a handful of chopped walnuts and some sultana raisins. Yummy. Eating protein at every meal, whether it is in the form of a hard-boiled egg or some turkey slices is what will hold you until it’s time to eat your next meal. Protein has also been found to help with mood stabilization and protect brain functioning. Because it is very low in calories it is easy to add to almost every meal. If you have some protein with your meals, it will keep you satisfied and you will be much less likely to snack between meals.

Getting the proper nutrients is essential to maintain your good health. This is true whether you are on a diet or not. But adding some of the above foods to your diet will help you achieve a slimmer waistline and boost your energy levels.

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