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Overlooked Health Foods You Should Be Eating

written by Guest Blogger October 2, 2011

Mmm… so many healthy foods to choose from, so little tummy space. Here’s a guest post by Aishwarya Vohra on 3 healthy foods we might be missing from our diets.

As you go about your weight loss diet plan, it’s important that you’re not just focusing on how many calories you’re taking in each day, but also on where those calories are coming from. If you aren’t filling your diet full of nutritious foods that will not only foster weight loss but also encourage optimal health as well, you’re going to be in for problems down the road.

Not only will healthier food choices be more nutrient dense, but they’re also more likely to calm your hunger pains, making it that much easier to stick with your plan. That said, there are a number of very healthy foods that many people often overlook in their approach.

Let’s quickly take a look at what these are so that you can get right back on track once again.


First up on our healthy foods list that you need to be adding to your diet plan are flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are great because they’re a rich source of essential fatty acids as well as being high in dietary fiber. To add to this, they’ll also help to slow down hunger development due to the fact that they contain slow digesting carbohydrates.

Top a bowl of oatmeal with some flaxseeds and berries first thing in the morning and you’ll be all set to face the day.


The second food that often gets overlooked is quinoa. Most people are in the habit of having brown rice as their side dish at their meals but this one actually stands above. Quinoa is a complete source of protein, something that brown rice is not and is also loaded with dietary fiber as well.

It offers a nice nutty taste compared to brown rice and will liven up any dish in a hurry. For anyone following a vegetarian diet, this will definitely be a must have.

Greek Yogurt

The next food that you should definitely be adding to your diet (if you aren’t already) is Greek yogurt. While regular yogurt is a healthy addition as well, Greek yogurt is slightly better because it’s lower in sugar content and much higher in protein. Since most people are falling short in their daily protein needs when seeking fat loss, this is an easier way to get more in.

If you don’t like the taste of plain Greek yogurt as is, consider mixing it into a protein shake in the morning instead. Along with fresh berries and flavoured protein powder, you’ll hardly notice it in there.


Finally, one vegetable that often gets left out of the picture that you definitely should consider adding back in is cabbage. Cabbage is an all-star as far as preventing cancer is concerned and is extremely low in calories as well.

Cabbage is jam packed with good nutrients and will work well in any salad or stir-fry dish. Remember to incorporate both green and purple varieties for best results.

So there you have the top things to note about making the most of your healthy weight loss diet plan.  If any of these foods are missing from the picture, it’s time to add them into your daily diet.

About the Author

The post is contributed by Aishwarya Vohra from Offshore Ally-a company that offers VA for real estate services. Aishwarya is one of many smart virtual assistants of the company who loves to contribute on blogs related to health and fitness, fashion etc.

I recently tried Greek yogurt on my personal trainer’s recommendation and love it! I’ve only tried the honey flavoured so far but I noticed they also have berry and plain. Do you have an often overlooked health food to contribute to this list?

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Ms. Buddha Belly October 2, 2011 at 10:06 pm

As I seem to be on a “perpetual diet” to lose weight, I’m glad to read that I’m doing some things right. I love the taste, texture & versatility of quinoa, and grind flax seeds in a coffee grinder to add to things like soups, yogurt, cereal and smoothies. I recently discovered how delicious & healthy Greek yogurt is – without the guilt – because of protein, calcium & 5 different kinds of probiotics. I also love cabbage as cole slaw with olive oil & vinegar so I must eat it more often. Thanks for the great post!

Head Health Nutter October 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

You’re welcome, Ms. Buddha Belly. Sounds like you’re eating the right foods, the only other part of the weight loss equation is getting more exercise and doing what you need to do to manage stress. And hey, as long as you’re healthy, I think Buddha bellies are sexy. 🙂

Ms. Buddha Belly October 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Regular exercise is definitely missing in my daily routine, so I must make the effort to move & stretch every single day ~ like animals do. I never thought of my belly as sexy… but I do think belly dancing is. So maybe that’s a good way to tone & flatten it. Thanks for the idea! 😀

Head Health Nutter October 7, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yes, excellent observation, Ms. Buddha Belly: animals naturally move and stretch everyday to maintain their health.

As for sexiness, when it’s a feeling that comes from within, it doesn’t matter how flat your belly is. I really believe we have the capability to change our feelings, we just have to do the things we need to do to create these feelings for ourselves. 🙂

Dee October 7, 2011 at 7:09 pm

With this special long Thanksgiving wknd, I plan to enjoy moderation in all things, while making the MOST of good food, company, exercise & good common sense. I appreciate this great post & all the others too ~ your great advice, friendship, expertise & everything else we have to be thankful for… Wishing everyone a Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!! gobble, gobble, gobble! :D:D:D

Head Health Nutter October 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Aww, Dee, thank you for your wonderful, intelligent comment! Yes, moderation is key in all things. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

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