Monday, December 10, 2012

"Food for Thought" and Weight Loss

Yes, the holidays are here but that does not mean packing on the pounds or starving yourself.  I'm actually planning on loosing a few pounds before Christmas.
Baby Lucy taking a cat nap!

I found a great article at Self.com, "20 Superfoods for Weight Loss."  
Here goes My Journey #7

Apples
Eat more Apples are the ideal on-the-go low-calorie snack. For a pie-like treat, chop up a medium apple and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Pop in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Steak
Try to consume local organic beef; it's healthier for you and the environment.

Eggs
Dig in to eggs, yolks and all: They won't harm your heart, but they can help you trim inches.

Kale
One raw chopped cup contains 34 calories and about 1.3 grams of fiber, as well as a hearty helping of iron and calcium.

Oats
All oats are healthful, but the steel-cut and rolled varieties (which are minimally processed) have up to 5 grams of fiber per serving, making them the most filling choice. Instant oats contain 3 to 4 grams per serving.

Lentils
Lentils are a bona fide belly flattener. Eating them helps prevent insulin spikes that cause your body to create excess fat, especially in the abdominal area.

Goji Berries
Snack on them mid-afternoon to stay satisfied until dinner. The calorie cost? Only 35 per tablespoon.

Wild Salmon
"Omega-3 fatty acids improve insulin sensitivity—which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat," Grotto explains. And the more muscle you have, the more calories your body burns. Opt for wild salmon; it may contain fewer pollutants.

Buckweat Pasta
Swap plain noodles for this hearty variety; you'll slip into your skinny jeans in no time. "Buckwheat is high in fiber and, unlike most carbs, contains protein," Zuckerbrot says. "Those two nutrients make it very satiating, so it's harder to overeat buckwheat pasta than the regular stuff."

Blueberries
All berries are good for you, but those with a blue hue are among the best of the bunch. They have the highest antioxidant level of all commonly consumed fruit. They also deliver 3.6 grams of fiber per cup.

So that's the first 10!  I'll share the second 10 tomorrow.  Looking for ways to get started?  Check out 6 Ways to Stay Focused.

7 comments:

Becca Acker said...

Thanks for sharing the food tips at A Humble Bumble. :)

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

Good for you, hopefully I too wont be packing on the pounds, I always eat something healthy before going out so I'm not hungry when the trays come out :)

mary_smith said...

Thank you both for stopping by! I'm on a mission!

Marcie said...

Thanks for the reminder. Sometime it's easy to let yourself go during the holidays. Thanks for sharing at "I Gotta Try That"
Marcie

Yona Williams said...

I LOVE kale. I recently got into making smoothies with kale, spinach, blueberries and other fruits.

I'm stopping by from Katherine's Corner blog hop.

Happy Favorite Things Thursday!

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Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

Paula Miller said...

These are great tips for staying healthy during the holiday season. Need all the help I can get.

Thanks for linking up your posts again with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :)

Paula
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