We all know what it’s like to diet and always feel hungry, which can then quickly derail our efforts at weight loss. Would you be surprised to learn that there are foods that are actually higher in fat and good for you, which can keep you feeling full longer? It’s true, and I’m going to let you in on the secret of Superfoods.
If you are like me chewing on carrots will not ever satisfy your hunger anyways.
Even though avocados are high in calories, they are packed with monounsaturated fats that are very healthy. It is a very good alternative to the saturated fats and is high in nutrients, such as 20 minerals and vitamins, including vitamin K, C B6, B5, and E. Avocado is also very high in potassium, even higher than bananas. Some people who have tried to limit or eliminate meat from their diet have reported that, Avocado give them the "satisfaction" they miss with many vegetarian foods. This versatile food can be turned into many different dishes or you can just eat it raw.
Quinoa is often misrepresented as a grain because of its taste and texture. It is really a seed and is considered a superfood because it is high in protein and very low in carbohydrates. Quinoa is considered a “complete protein”.
It has all eight essential amino acids that are needed for our muscle health. Because of this, when you add it to your diet, and you are regularly exercising, it helps your muscles to development and growth.
When you are dieting, this seed can help you feel full faster and longer, boosting the metabolism and helping to burn fat quicker.
Nuts are high in calories and fat, but, surprisingly they are weight loss champions, as long as you eat them in moderation. They are high in fiber and natural fats, which can decrease your appetite and keep you feeling full longer. Nuts are very good for you, and can aid in your weight loss goals.
Some of these good nuts include cashews, almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. An additional bonus to incorporating these nuts in your diet is that they reduce inflammation and improve heart health.
They key is to not overindulge in nuts, but keep it restricted and only eat one serving at a time.
Peanut butter can also be a great food - just make sure it is of high quality, not or not overly salted. If you can buy organic. Try to turn an apple into a protein snack by smearing a bit of peanut butter on top of it.
Any orange vegetable is high in phytochemicals, which is responsible for their intense color. Sweet potatoes are better nutritionally than white potatoes. They are very high in fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
If you are trying to lose weight, a great idea is to replace the white potatoes in your diet with sweet potatoes for more health benefits, while still having your carbohydrates. These carbohydrates are sometimes referred to as “the carb that won’t make you fat.”
Eating hummus in moderation is great for weight loss. It is made with chickpeas that are an excellent fiber source, and when added to your diet helps you feel full and satisfied.
Hummus has 4 grams of protein per 100 gm (3.5 oz), and if added to a hard-boiled egg, without the yolk the protein content is doubled.
Make your own hummus if you want to be sure it is of high quality. All you need is 2 cans of cooked chickpeas, tahini (sesame paste), lemon, olive oil, garlic, sea salt. Variations are: red pepper powder, olives, pine nuts as a topping. Hummus is an extremely versatile food that goes with a lot of food.
Dark chocolate is very high in antioxidants and is known to reduce the risks of heart disease. Some studies have shown it to help in decreasing body fat. Dark chocolate has less sugar than milk chocolate and is lower in calories.
For some people, the taste of chocolate can curb cravings for more unhealthy snacks, so it’s a good way to lose weight.
Especially organic dark chocolate is way healthier than it's reputation.
Eggs are an amazing superfood that has lots of benefits. Eggs are high in choline, which is shown in studies to prevent fat absorption. They are low in calories but very high in protein.
Eating a high protein food helps you feel fuller longer than carbohydrates can. Of course, the yolk has been very controversial, due to it being full of cholesterol, but studies have proven that the yolks can reduce bad cholesterol.
Make sure you buy ONLY organic eggs. Important!
These 7 superfoods are all super beneficial for your health and can aid in losing weight by helping you feel full and keeping you feeling full longer. Try incorporating these foods into your diet and see if you don’t find you are losing weight a little bit easier.