While there is no “quick-fix” or magic solution for weight loss, there are some “super foods” that provide multiple nutrients to your diet, fill you up without excess calories and are easy to include in every-day meals.
These foods will help satisfy dietary guidelines and may even include foods or nutrients that are missing from your diet.
Check out 10 Super Foods below:
- Low fat or fat-free plain yogurt It’s higher in calcium than some other dairy products and contains other nutrients, including protein and potassium. You can also use it enhance other foods like fruit or dips and you mix almost anything with it!
- Eggs They are nutritious, versatile, economical and a great source of protein. They contain 12 vitamins and minerals including choline, which is good for brain development and memory.
- Nuts They have gotten a bad rap because of their higher fat content; however, their protein, heart-healthy fats and fiber are extremely beneficial. Portion control is important to keep in mind with nuts. No matter what kind of nuts you prefer an ounce will help fill you up.
- Kiwis A very nutritionally dense fruit. One large kiwi supplies your daily vitamin C requirement. They are also packed with potassium, fiber, vitamin A and E.
- Quinoa It’s an ancient whole grain that is now readily available in many supermarkets. It’s got 8 grams of protein in 1 cup cooked and 5 grams of fiber. It’s as easy to prepare as rice and can be used in a wide variety of dishes.
- Beans They are loaded with insoluble fiber, which helps lower cholesterol, as well as soluble fiber, which fills you up and helps rid your body of waste. They’re also a good, low-fat source of protein, carbohydrates, magnesium and potassium. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend 3 cups weekly.
- Salmon There are great omega-3 fatty acid benefits from salmon like heart health. The American Heart Association recommends eating a fatty fish like salmon twice weekly. Salmon itself is low in calories and is packed with protein. Eat it grilled or baked, it makes no difference.
- Broccoli A favorite of most people’s and for good reason! It’s available all year long and is rich in vitamin A, C and K, and has plenty of fiber. Eat it raw, lightly steamed, stir-fried, roasted or even grilled.
- Sweet potatoes They are loaded with vitamin A. Taste the sweetness before you season it and you may be surprised on how much you don’t have to add.
- Berries Aside from sweet goodness they are full of antioxidants and low in calories. They are also high in water and fiber and will help control blood sugar as well as keep you full longer. Add flavor to any dish or just eat as a snack