10 Superfoods for Weight Loss
There’s no magic pill or magic vegetable that will allow you to lose weight quickly and safely. What there are, however, are a handful of ultra-nutritious, satisfying whole “superfoods” that will fill you up quickly while fueling your body with fiber, protein and disease-fighting antioxidants. Implement the following 10 superfoods into your diet and see how easy your weight loss efforts become. At the same time, you’ll improve your heart health, reduce cholesterol levels and decrease your chances of developing many forms of cancer.
Apples are a high protein, fiber rich fruit that will satisfy your hunger and help you stay fuller longer. Snack on an apple before lunch or dinner to cut down on the amount of overall calories consumed, or add an apple to a salad for a sweet, satisfying crunch. Apples have also been shown to prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition indicated by excessive belly fat.
When it comes to healthy, green leafy vegetables, kale comes out on top. Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients including fiber, iron and calcium. It’s also extremely low in calories, with 34 calories in only 1 cup of kale. Kale can be eaten raw in a salad, cooked into stir frys, added to soups or sautéed and eaten as a side dish.
Having oatmeal for breakfast is an excellent way to increase your daily servings of whole grains. And, because it’s loaded with fiber, it will help fill you up and keep you satisfied longer than other breakfast choices. For the healthiest oatmeal possible, opt for the slow-cooking varieties, which, despite the name, only take a few minutes to cook. Steel cut oats take a bit longer to cook, but are the least processed and most nutritious type of oatmeal.
What’s a salad without a few slices of red, juicy tomato? These sweet fruits (did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit?!?) are one of the best natural sources of vitamin C. When added to sandwiches, they’ll also help fill you up faster.
Ok, this is more of a super beverage. But because green tea has amazing wellness and weight loss qualities, it had to be included on this list. In addition to being full of antioxidants, green tea boosts metabolism, burns fat and has been statistically-proven to aid in the reduction of body fat. For best results, drink at least two cups a day.
A member of the legume family, lentils are one of the world’s most nutritious foods. Lentils are full of fiber and protein and can actually help the body fight excess fat – especially in the belly area. If you’ve never tried lentils, experiment with the different varieties. They are great in soups, salads and rice dishes.
Antioxidant-rich blueberries are a low calorie, low sugar snack that will fill you up quickly and satisfy your sweet tooth. The reason blueberries are so satisfying to eat, is that they are high in fiber, and therefore help keep you fuller longer. Other benefits of eating blueberries are that they help reduce belly fat, lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar.
Red, juicy pomegranate seeds are full of disease-fighting antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. They’ll also help support your weight loss efforts, as they are low in calories, high in fiber and satisfyingly sweet. You can buy whole pomegranates in the produce section of most grocery stores, or you can buy the pre-shucked seeds. They’re delicious as a stand-alone snack or on a spinach salad.
Pronounced KEEN-wah, this high fiber, high protein food is more like a vegetable than a grain. Quinoa is very high in vitamins, has a low glycemic index and is low in calories. In fact, 1 cup of cooked quinoa has only 172 calories! Quinoa can be used in place of rice or couscous in dishes.
Avocados may be high in fat, but it’s the healthy, monosaturated fat that your body needs. Avocados also have more fiber than any other type of fruit or vegetable! Add avocados to sandwiches and salads to reap their heart-healthy benefits. They’ll satiate your hunger and support your weight loss efforts.
How will you try to implement more of these superfoods into your diet?