Superfoods have the best nutrients for maintenance and betterment of our health. They boost our energy level and also aids weight loss. Let us look at 15 such super foods that we can easily incorporate into our daily diet:
Packed with phytonutrients, dietary fiber and antioxidants, apples prevent diseases and promote good health.
Oats has carbohydrates contained in them that help in the release of a hormone known as serotonin, which helps in relaxation and fat burning.
It is more easily digestible than milk, rich in calcium and B-Vitamins, boosts immunity, keeps hunger pangs away by regulating our blood sugar level and lowers the risk of colon cancer.
Packed with antioxidants and folic acid, they are a rich source of fiber and low in calories. Thus, you can satisfy your sugar cravings with this fruit (either in raw form, juice or in salads) while not having to put on those extra kilos.
Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, high in fiber content and they keep you full for longer hours.
Rich in fiber and proteins, lentils also contain Resistant Starch – a carbohydrate that boosts the metabolic process and aids in the burning of fat.
Salmon is one of the leanest sources of proteins. It keeps you full but does not increase your inches. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that aids improvement of insulin sensitivity and keeps the heart healthy.
8. Green Tea:
Drinking 2-3 cups of green tea daily will help you shed those extra kilos faster. The antioxidants in it aid the fat and calorie-burning process.
Comprising of nearly 92% water, rich in vitamins A and C, and Lycopene – a powerful antioxidant, they fuel your body to lose weight naturally.
Consuming 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds everyday can do the trick for you. It has Omega-3 fats and high amount of fiber that satisfies the appetite and promotes mental and physical well-being. Mix it with a glass of warm water or sprinkle on to your salads, soups, chutneys, scrambled eggs etc.
If you are vegetarian looking for a something to replace the meat with in all your favorite and yummy looking food items, then this is the perfect choice. In a study at the Center at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, it was found that replacing red meat with white button mushrooms helps you not just reduce your calorie intake but also shed some weight. Each cup contains only 44 calories when compared to lean red meat which had 6 times the amount. They have also been said to be just as satisfying as red meat.
12. Hot Chile Peppers:
It has been proven that consuming hot chile peppers with tomato juice 30 minutes before a meal ensures that you eat 10% less than your normal quantities! It is no wonder than we count this as a super food for weight loss.
The American Journal for Clinical Research conducted a study on almonds. This study required the participants to chew on 2 ounces of almonds 10, 25 to 40 times. The participants reported that they felt more full and that their fat consumption had fallen on the whole. The doctors suspected that the repeated chewing released more fats from the almonds which satisfied their hunger pangs along with their high fiber content.
14. Olive Oil:
We always associate oils with fat. But rest assured, the fats in this oil can most definitely help you lose some fat! The poly unsaturated fatty acids found in it can help keep the hunger pangs away and also the oleic acid in it can help break down excess fats.
15. Cranberry Juice:
Besides being high in anti-oxidants, cranberry juice is also an excellent diuretic which removes all the excess fluids from your body. This cuts down on weight gain due to fluid retention.
Each of these super foods is a nutritional powerhouse that helps you lose weight and remain fit.
Mark Dilworth, BA, PES