A woman’s dream isn’t to find the perfect man; a woman’s dream is to eat whatever she wants and not get fat. As we approach the colder days of the year, making it to the gym becomes annoyingly burdensome because of the cold, and we tend to succumb to the art of hiding our problematic pounds under a leather jacket or trench coat.
A woman’s dream isn’t to find the perfect man; a woman’s dream is to eat whatever she wants and not get fat. As we approach the colder days of the year, making it to the gym becomes annoyingly burdensome because of the cold, and we tend to succumb to the art of hiding our problematic pounds under a leather jacket or trench coat. As any dietician will tell you, flatter abs and better energy starts in the kitchen. What we feed our gut with lays the foundation on which we build our overall health and immune system. Below are some healthy happy foods that promote overall health, help in maintaining a healthy weight, and are yummy too!
“I’m the good kind of fat! I’m the good kind of fat”!!!! is the chorus I imagine tiny avacado angels chanting whenever I see avacados at the grocery store. Full of healthy fats, similar to those found in olive oil and some nuts, avacados are every nutritionist’s go-to fruit for the promotion of a happy, healthier diet. A couple of slices in a salad, sandwich, or wrap make, huge difference because of the healthy serving of fat they provide as well as their creamy tasty nature. The benefit of avocados, while present in guacamole, might be a little diminished because of the mixture of other not so healthy ingredients mixed into the avocado to make the perfect guacamole. However, a little avocado is better than no avocado. So, please, guacamole me, baby!
While many people have issues with Greek yogurt because of the bland taste and semi-solid nature, its health benefits are undeniable. From promoting a healthy immune system in your gut to weight loss and to providing a healthier cream/cheese substitute while cooking, Greek yogurt provides a myriad of health benefits that should not be overlooked. Not feeling the taste, add a few teaspoons of honey or maple syrup, a handful of raisins or nuts, or sprinkle some cinnamon on your cup of Greek yogurt for a better tasting ordeal.
Options. As women, we love options. When it comes to food, sometimes we may feel as though we don’t have a lot of options, except when it comes to nuts. Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds…..the list is seemingly endless. You also have the option to choose between raw and roasted, salted and unsalted, lightly tossed in olive oil or deep fried. These little protein cannons harbor barrels of protein and help build blocks of energy when consumed alone or as part of a meal. Perfect when tossed in salads, as part of stir-fry, or eaten as a snack, the benefits of nuts are not to be passed on. More nuts, please.
The secret about leafy greens, in addition to the fact that they are great sources of vitamin C and K and often possess supreme antioxidant capacities, is that they contain lots of water, which aids digestion and circulation as well as prevents dehydration and bloating. Spinach, kale, lettuce, celery and bell peppers are in this category.
They can be eaten raw (after washing, of course), blended into juices, bakedand enjoyed as a snack, be the base of a salad, stir-fried,or used as stuffing. You can have your greens however you like and still yield the benefits of them. Remember, however, that in order to get the optimal benefits from these greens, it is best to lightly cook them, if you must.
Bioflavonoids. The secret of dark berries such as blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries, is the high content of bioflavonoids they possess. Bioflavonoids help in maintaining a clea complexion, fighting acne, ensuring hydration and a healthy rectal passage, which in turn helps your immune system, increases energy levels, and supports the appearance of a better, fresh, and healthy looking skin. Blended as a juice, pureed as a smoothie, enjoyed as a snack, consumed as part of your meal, whichever way you can get those flavonoids, get them. And remember, the darker the berry…..the sweeter the juice…and the clearer your skin.
A lot of people operate under the false fear that egg yolk is bad for them. This is true, if you have high cholesterol issues or other cardiac issues. But for the most part, whole eggs are great for you. Especially in salads. They provide the right amount of protein to balance out your intake of vegetables and fruit, making you feel full longer as well as giving you an extra source and burst of energy. They are also super convenient for the modern day busy woman who has no time to make a full breakfast. For example, a whole boiled egg on avocado wheat toast with a sprinkle of chia seeds is a super easy, super trendy, super tasty and all around super duper great breakfast on the go. By all means, try this at home.
Move over sesame, it’s Chia time now! Want to feel fuller post smoothie, add some chia seeds to your fruit/veggie mix. Want to add a little extra zing to your stir-fry, add some chia seeds right before turning off the stove. These miniature seeds support a healthy immune system and help you remain fuller, faster and longer…resulting in less between meal binges and cravings. Once consumed, they expand inside the abdominal walls, leading to a longer feeling of being full regardless of how they were consumed. They truly are a great staple of easy everyday meals, with more benefits than they are given credit for.
Try adding healthy servings of these foods to your everyday meals, and over time you will notice the difference in your energy levels and your weight loss goals. As always, please consult your dietician or nutritionist before starting a new diet if you have pre-existing health conditions.
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