“I don’t like healthy food.”
I’ve heard those words many, many times. I’m guilty of uttering them in the past too.
But how many people eat spinach and kale for the taste?
People eat it because it’s good for their body. People eat healthy foods to benefit their long term health and weight loss efforts.
Food is essential for living. Healthy food is essential for living longer.
Eating foods that are good for you is probably the biggest part of losing weight. There are no magic pills, shakes, or teas that will melt the pounds off. And no food will target a specific area of fat, such as the belly. Yes it makes me sad too, but that’s how it works.
But some foods can help speed along your progress. They won’t do all of the hard work for you, but clean foods can give you a little boost.
The vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants in these clean foods will push you in the right direction and help you achieve your goals.
Avocados are healthy fats and they keep cholesterol levels in check and lower your risk for heart disease. They are high in fiber, vitamins K, B5, B6, C, folate and potassium. The fiber and fat in avocados keep you feeling full longer
Beans are also loaded with fiber, which attributes to fullness. They balance your blood sugar because of their low score on the glycemic index. They’re super cheap and there are tons of ways to cook them. Beans are packed with nutrients and antioxidants to boost your weight loss.
Yet another high fiber, filling food. Broccoli’s high fiber content aids in improving digestion. Broccoli is best eaten raw, cooking may remove some of the powerful antioxidants. Broccoli is also loaded with Vitamin C and calcium.
Apples are high in antioxidants and fiber, especially in the peel, so eat that too! They have B complex vitamins, and Vitamin C. Apples can also reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
Nuts are packed with healthy fats and omega 3’s, which have major health benefits. They also have fiber and antioxidants. Nuts have been proven to promote weight loss, when eaten in moderation.
6. Leafy greens
Leafy greens have tons of vitamins and minerals such as iron, beta carotene, calcium, vitamins C, K, and B, and folate. They’re extremely low in calories, so you can eat a lot and fill up.
Oats are one of the healthy grains. They contain vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Oats are very filling, thanks to beta glucan, a fiber, so they help reduce hunger and cravings.
8. Sweet potatoes:
Sweet potatoes are high in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body. They also have lots of fiber and are low in calories. They’re naturally sweet (duh), so they’re great to satisfy a sweet craving. Try it with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Watermelon is loaded with vitamin C. It’s low in calories and because of the amount of water and fiber it contains, it aids in digestion. Watermelon also contains the amino acid L-citrilline, and can help reduce muscle soreness.
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A. They also make an amazing low calorie snack. Make some grab packs of carrots along with some hummus for a quick snack.
Salmon is rich in omega-3’s which have been linked to heart health. They’re also a great source of protein and B vitamins. Salmon can contribute to appetite reduction and can boost metabolism.
Quinoa has all nine of the essential amino acids, which contribute to healthy muscles. It also has tons of fiber and antioxidants. A serving of quinoa will keep you feeling full longer and keep you from overeating.
13. Brown rice:
Another grain. Brown rice enters the bloodstream slowly, which means it keeps insulin levels in check. It’s also high in fiber (yay feeling full), vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There’s a million different ways to make brown rice. It’s so versatile, it’s hard to get tired of.
14. Hot peppers:
Hot peppers have an ingredient called capsaicin, and have been shown to boost metabolism. Capsaicin works by heating up the body and burning calories. Hot peppers also contain vitamins C and A.
Eggs are high in nutrients and low in calories. One egg contains 78 calories. Eggs are also high in protein and very filling.
Berries are low in sugar and calories, and packed with antioxidants and fiber. Raspberries contain ketones, which is similar to capsaicin. Blueberries have have been linked to burning fat because of the high antioxidant content. Strawberries can help lower blood sugar.
17. Lean meats:
Lean meats are one of the best sources of protein out there. And protein supports healthy muscles. Lean meats also keep you feeling fuller longer.
Yogurt contains probiotics, which help in digestion. It is also high in protein and calcium and can help promote fat burning. However, check your labels, some yogurt is high in sugar.
Lemons are a diuretic, which helps reduce bloating.
They are also high in vitamin C and potassium. Lemons are also a proven metabolism booster.
20. Dark chocolate:
You can have your chocolate and enjoy it too! Dark chocolate has antioxidants and good fats. It enters the bloodstream slowly and won’t spike your insulin. Dark chocolate also satisfies those cravings. Stick with 70% cacao or higher, to limit sugar intake.
There are tons of ways to make these foods into a delicious healthy meal or snack. Pinterest is your friend. 🙂
What’s your favorite way to enjoy some of the foods on this list?