5 yummy ‘superfoods’ you should be eating if you want to lose weight
By Brittany Anas
We’ll deal you the bad news first: “Negative calorie foods” are a bit of a fable. Our bodies burn some calories while we’re digesting food, yes. But the hope that it takes more calories to eat and digest celery, grapefruit or cucumbers than are actually in those nutritious snacks has never been substantiated by any studies.
Now, the good news. We’ve made a list of some of the most delicious “superfoods,” a fancy, flattering word for foods that have long been recognized for their nutritional prowess and are packed with nutrients.
Here are foods that will help you with your weight-loss goals, but also have other healthy benefits.
Apples: They’re rich with anti-oxidants and studies have found they can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Apples are also high in fiber, with about 4 or 5 grams per apple. (That translates to nearly 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber). Fiber fills you up, which helps you eat less.
Avocados: Thanks to their beta-sitosterol content, avocados can help lower your cholesterol. They’re a source of vitamin E, which helps prevent disease and they also pack folate, which can prevent strokes. Add some avocado to your next salad — it will help absorb other nutrients.
Dark chocolate: The treat doesn’t cause a surge in your blood-sugar levels because it has a low glycemic index. The theobromine in dark chocolate can harden your tooth enamel — protecting you from cavities. It’s also a source of potassium and iron. Enjoying a few bites of dark chocolate can help you curb your sweet tooth so you don’t over-indulge in candies with a less impressive nutritional profile.
Green tea: The catechins, an anti-oxidant found in green tea, can rev your metabolism and help you burn fat. Smaller traces of catechins are also found in red wine, black tea and grapes.
Eggs: Avoid carb-heavy cereals, pastries and bagels in the morning and eat a couple of scrambled eggs. They’re high in protein and they will keep you fuller longer so you won’t have mid-morning snack attacks. Our favorite time-saving trick for the morning is to use a fork to scramble your eggs in a microwave-safe bowl, add in 1/8th cup of low-fat milk, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and toss it in the microwave in 30-second increments until your eggs are fluffy.
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