Shopping for a healthy diet isn’t always easy. First of all, some of our favorite foods aren’t very good for us (no surprise there). Secondly, even when we try to shop healthy, food companies aren’t always 100% honest in the ways they advertise “healthy” foods. Here’s a list of foods that are compatible with a sensible weight loss program – high in nutrients and low in unnecessary fillers!
Apples, oranges, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, bananas, grapes, blueberries, cherries, avocado, raspberries, peaches, apricots, tomatoes and pineapple. Fruits are a great source of fiber, which fills you up and contributes to a healthy digestive system.
Onions, mushrooms, carrots, peppers, cauliflower, zucchini, celery, asparagus, broccoli, beets, spinach, cucumbers, romaine lettuce and kale. olive oil. Vegetables are low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals.
black, kidney, pinto, navy, and garbonzo. Beans and other legumes are a terrific source of lean vegetarian protein.
Almonds, walnuts and cashews. Nuts have been linked to lower cholesterol, better heart health, and weight control.
Whole, Unprocessed Grains
Quinoa, whole wheat pasta, couscous and steel cut oats. Unprosessed grains are slow to digest, helping us control blood sugar and are filled with vitamins and minerals (they’re satisfying aswell, helping us curb our appetite).
Chicken breast, pork chops, fish and seafood. A 3-ounce serving of roasted chicken breast only contains 7 grams of fat and 170 calories. The key to all meats is choosing the leanest cuts available.
Low fat milk, eggs, plain yogurt, cottage cheese. Low Fat dairy products aid bone density and blood pressure – plus there is mounting evidence that calcium from dairy products may play an important part in body-weight regulation.
Cinnamon, oregano, cilantro, black pepper, garlic, parsley, red pepper flakes, ginger and coriander. Spices are an important way to add flavor to any meal, and contain antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
Organic Honey (use sparingly)
Organic honey (but use sparingly). As an alternative to white sugar or sweeteners, honey can’t be beat. For people who are overweight, honey reduces risk of cardiovascular disorders.
Flaxseed, sesame, walnut, peanut and grapeseed. These oils are from plants, so they’re a healthier way to replace unhealthy fats in your diet. Just use in moderation.
Finally, aka sure to avoid “meal replacement” shakes, nutrition bars or anything that says “skinny” or “low cal” on the label. These are usually dead giveaways that they are anything but! Shop smart, eat smart and work toward a healthier, happier you!