One of the biggest challenges of losing weight is finding healthy foods that are also tasty and nutritious. Dieting doesn’t always have to be about sacrifice – here are 5 delicious weight loss foods to add to your cooking, snack on, or enjoy when you eat out.
Salmon is a fantastic source of lean protein. It’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a healthy heart. Properly prepared, Salmon dishes can be low in calories, low in sodium, low in saturated fat, and high in nutrients and deliciousness. Try roasting wild salmon with a little dill or lemon juice and black pepper for a simple, protein-rich dish.
2. Plain Greek Yogurt
All yogurt comes with healthy bacteria – known as probiotics – that help the fermentation process. This helps give yogurt its thick texture and tangy taste, but will also benefit your body’s internal flora. While regular yogurt can be extremely healthy (provided it’s not loaded with extra sugar and flavoring), Greek yogurt carries additional health benefits. It has nearly double the protein content of regular yogurt, fewer carbs, and less sodium.
Greek yogurt is also thicker and creamier than regular yogurt, which makes it great as a dip, or as a healthy base for homemade sauces.
Spinach’s appearance on this list is no big surprise – who doesn’t know that spinach is good for you? But do you know why? Spinach is chock full of essential nutrients – from Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B-1, B-6, folates, and minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, zinc, and copper, and even Omega 3 fatty acids.
Eating spinach regularly will help ward off osteoporosis, iron deficiency anemia, and some studies have even shown that spinach can reduce your risk of heart disease as well as colon cancer.
Spinach is also extremely versatile – it can be eaten raw in a salad, steamed and served alongside your meals, or mashed up into dishes. For a healthy, easy to prepare breakfast, try a little steamed spinach with eggs and salsa.
Quinoa is a nutrient, protein packed source of energy. Quinoa is a dieter’s dream – it’s rich in fiber, digests slowly, and is a satisfying source of complex carbohydrates that will leaving you feeling full and satisfied. It also has all 8 essential amino acids, along with a variety of life-sustaining vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, it contains healthy polyunsaturated fats that will not only benefit your heart, but will leave you feeling fuller than if you ate bread or rice.
Berries – whether they’re blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or even more exotic fruits like Acai berries – are packed full of heart healthy anti-oxidants and healthy fiber. Most importantly, they’re absolutely delicious, making them a nourishing, low-calorie snack replacement for candy, cookies, brownies, and other sweets. Next time you’re craving sweets, scoop up a handful of your favorite berries to snack on instead.