14 Foods to Help You Lose Weight
14 Foods to Help You Lose Weight in 2014
1. Nuts — Especially nuts high in omega-3 fatty acids and protein like almonds, cashews, and pistachios. Avoid salted or caramelized nuts.
2. Eggs — Especially egg whites, a great source of protein.
3. Spinach or Kale — One cup is low in calories, yet packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are great for your body (especially when you’re trying to lose weight).
4. Oats — High-fiber steel-cut or rolled oats will keep you fuller longer.
5. Beans — Black beans, edamame, green beans, Anazazi beans, etc. are all a great source of fiber that will keep you fuller longer.
6. Berries — Berries are high in antioxidants, which help fight off diseases. All berries are good for you: Acai, strawberries, goji berries.
7. Fish — Fish are low in fat and a good source of omega-3s.
8. Hummus — Made from beans, hummus is a great substitute for ranch dressing or mayo. Also a great sandwich spread or veggie dip.
9. Ground Turkey — If you’re trying to cut back on your fat intake, ground turkey is a lean source of great protein.
10. Avocados — They are a great source of fiber, packed with vitamin B, K, and E), and can help lower your cholesterol.
11. Whole Grains — High-fiber whole grains are linked to a reduced risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
12. Pomegranates — Low in calories and high in fiber, a handful of pomegranate seeds is a great way to curb sweet cravings.
13. Peppers — Full of antioxidants and vitamins, they add a little spice and color to your dishes. Hot peppers increase your metabolism.
14. Yogurt — A great source of protein and calcium, plain yogurt makes a perfect substitute for mayonnaise in dips and salads.
Spoons Across America, the source for children’s culinary education, is dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating. They work to influence the eating habits of children through hands-on education that celebrates the connection to local farmers and the important tradition of sharing meals around the family table. For more information, go to http://www.spoonsacrossamerica.org.
Curator: John Kremer