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.
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?