People searching for healthy food to lose weight sometimes need to dig a little deeper to find the unpopular healthy foods. Most of us swim in the kiddie pool of dietary variety. Isn’t time to stop eating the same few things repeatedly and begin incorporating other healthy choices into your diet?
Here are ten healthy foods you probably aren’t eating:
Flax seed is technically a grain but packs a nutrient profile that puts it in a class of its own. Flax is a rich source of antioxidants, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also much lower in carbohydrates than most grains making it a perfect compliment to a low-carb lifestyle.
Today, flax is used in a variety of health food products including granolas and oatmeals. Many organic farms use flax seed as part of their chicken feed which causes hens to produce eggs rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Flax seed oil is included in various supplements offering Omega-3 fatty acids.
Kale is catching popularity in some circles these days for its status as a “superfood” abundant in nutrients. It might just be the healthiest vegetable on the planet offering more than 1,000% daily value of the antioxidant vitamin K. If you’re looking for a healthy food to lose weight, look no further than kale. Start off each day with a kale shake and you might start to feel superhuman after a short while.
If someone told you there is an all-natural sweetener you can use for coffee, salad dressings, and even baked goods, that isn’t nearly as harmful to the body as sugar, you’d be interested, right? Well guess what? There is!
Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar and low in carbohydrates. It has almost no affect on blood sugar levels. Use Stevia to sweeten your tea or as a substitute for anything you might use sugar or a cancer causing artificial sweetener for. It is available at most health foods stores.
One could argue that there isn’t a healthier food on the planet than blueberries. They are loaded with antioxidants which help ward off cancer and strengthen the immune system to reduce the likelihood of contracting colds. No fruit has more antioxidants than blueberries. A University of Michigan study suggests blueberries could even be effective in cutting belly fat.
The trouble with blueberries is that they aren’t cheap. A grocery store will typically charge $3-$5 for a small carton that can easily be eaten by one person in one setting. But if you happen to win the lottery, stocking up on $20 worth of blueberries each day to consume any and every way you can is a pretty great investment in your health. There is no healthier, tastier, and weight-loss approved snack than blueberries.
Raw almonds are one of nature’s richest treats. Almonds have more nutrients than any other nut. They can help with a number of health deficiencies including respiratory problems, diabetes and even hair loss. They are also a good food for brain functioning and regulating blood pressure.
Another superfood packed rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are avocados. Try adding avocado to your next salad. When they’re ripe enough, an avocado will help give a creamy texture to a salad made with a non-cream dressing.
A great, easy and delicious way to eat avocados is by making a guacamole salad. Just add tomato, onion, peppers, garlic and a little salt and pepper. Never will raw vegetables taste so good! Avocados, however, are fairly high in calories (275 calories per medium avocado). So keep an eye on portion size if you’re on a diet.
Pomegranate is another great superfood with a high antioxidant profile. The reason you’re not eating pomegranate is that nature made it a pain in the butt to extract the delicious pomegranate seeds. Look for juices containing pomegranate with no added sugars or artificial flavoring to get your daily dose without the time-consuming hard work.
One shot of freshly squeezed wheatgrass juice is equivalent to eating two pounds of leafy green vegetables! It might be the healthiest food for weight loss on the planet. Wheatgrass is loaded with nutrients and essential amino acids. You know how oranges are touted for their vitamin C? Wheatgrass offers more. And you know how carrots are a great source of vitamin A? Wheatgrass has more. If foods could run for political office, rules would be changed to allow wheatgrass to remain in office indefinitely.
The best part of a pumpkin is its seeds. Roasting pumpkin seeds is easy. Boil the seeds for 10 minutes. Following this, drain the water, coat them in extra virgin olive oil, and bake them for about one hour. You can stir and flip them throughout the bake. The result is a tasty snack loaded in magnesium and protein. Studies have shown pumpkin seeds aid in overall prostate health in men.
One of the best supplements for any diet are fish oil pills with Omega-3 fatty acids. Those pills often acquire their fish oils from sardines or mackeral. Canned sardines are high in calcium and other minerals and are a rich source of Omega-3 acids. You can eat them on toast, crackers, in a salad or even by themselves if you’re brave enough!