Are you looking for an edge in the never-ending battle to eat healthy? Or maybe youâ€™re looking to win the battle of the bulge. With todayâ€™s busy lifestyle it can sometimes feel like a Herculean task to eat healthy foods and stay fit but it doesnâ€™t have to be. Nutritionists agree that sometimes the healthiest foods can be foods that you thought were bad for you.
Surprising Diet Foods
ApplesÂ â€“ As the old saying goes â€œAn apple a day keeps the doctor away.â€ The favorite choice of kids and teachers alike apples contain a high amount of fiber will help you feel full which in turn helps to stop food cravings. Eat them as a mid-morning and late-afternoon snack to satisfy your hunger and fill up without going overboard.
YogurtÂ – Shown in multiple studies to help with weight loss more than any other food because it is low in fat, is full of protein and calcium, tastes good (so youâ€™re more likely to want to eat it), and makes for a quick and easy snack. Could also be used in smoothies for a touch of sweetness.
String CheeseÂ â€“ Not just for kids, string cheese has low carbs, protein and calcium. And it wonâ€™t mess with your blood sugar. While there are some calories (you do need some calories in your diet) the protein will help to keep you feeling fuller longer; and theyâ€™re portable and easy to snack on.
QuinoaÂ â€“ This ancient super food is a great replacement for rice and couscous. Itâ€™s very high in fiber and protein to help keep you full longer and the protein will help your body recover after a hard workout.
FlaxseedÂ â€“ Another great grain to add to your diet. High in anti-oxidants, fiber and omega 3 fatty acids, ground flaxseed helps to stabilize blood sugars and keep you feeling full longer. Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons on your favourite cereal or yogurt to start reaping the benefits.
PopcornÂ â€“ Yay! You can have popcorn again! But not the pre-bagged, coated in butter and salt stuff. Weâ€™re talking the au naturel, cooked the old fashioned way on the stove with some light oil. Popcorn is a snack thatâ€™s high in fiber and low in calories (depending on what you put on it).
SauerkrautÂ â€“ At only 27 calories a serving, sauerkraut is a great addition to your diet. Itâ€™s high in vitamins and fiber, and full of probiotics (to boost your immune system and digestion). Plus itâ€™s a great way to add flavor to the rest of your meal.
Peanut ButterÂ â€“ Rejoice! You donâ€™t have to give up your pb&j just yet. Natural peanut butter, although high in fat, is a great source ofÂ protein. And it has piceatannol which helps to stop the process of immature fat cells turning into mature fat cells, but only in the natural version. Spread some on whole grain bread and enjoy!
Black BeansÂ – Full of anti-oxidants and protein, black beans also help to regulate your blood sugar levels and keep food cravings at bay. Great addition to salads, Mexican food and anywhere else you can think of.
There are many options out there to help you eat healthier and win your weight loss battle. Itâ€™s a matter of finding what works for your life, what you enjoy eating, and how you can use the foods in your diet plans in a way that helps you achieve your goals as quickly and easily as possible. However you change your diet, make sure that youâ€™re including all the food groups so that youâ€™re getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. If youâ€™re unable to eat a certain food group, consider taking a quality multivitamin supplement to ensure optimal health.