Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Food for Thought" and Weight Loss (part 2)

Yesterday I teased you with the first 10 of Self magazines 20 Superfoods for weight loss.  The weight wait is over.  Check out the rest!  My Journey post #8
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa
Almond Butter
Adding this spread may lower bread's glycemic index (a measure of a food's effect on blood sugar).

The juice gets all the hype for being healthy, but pomegranate seeds deserve their own spotlight. In addition to being loaded with folate and disease-fighting antioxidants, they're low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without blowing your diet.

One reason to spice up your meals: You'll crank up your metabolism.

Dietitians often refer to plain yogurt as the perfect food, and for good reason: With its trifecta of carbs, protein and fat, it can stave off hunger by keeping blood sugar levels steady.

Curbing hunger is as easy as piling your plate with this whole grain. It packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, a stellar nutrient combo that can keep you satisfied for hours, Krieger says.

These tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. They are high in protein and loaded with omega-3s, which also help the body maintain muscle. And they're low in mercury and high in calcium, making them a smart fish pick for pregnant women.
You can use this herb, a staple in French cooking, in place of salt in marinades and salad dressings. Plus, tarragon lends a sweet, licorice-like flavor to bland foods.

Parmesan Cheese
Drop that rubbery lowfat cheese and pick up the real stuff. Women who had one serving of whole milk or cheese daily were less likely to gain weight over time, a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds.

Don't let the fat content of an avocado (29 grams) scare you—that's what makes it a top weight loss food, Kraus says. "The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat it contains increases satiety," she says.

Olive Oil
Like avocados, olive oil has healthy fat that increases satiety, taming your appetite. But that's hardly its only slimming feature. "Research shows it has anti-inflammatory properties," Kraus says. Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome.


Sandy said...

You know I've been eating this way for several years now and have no weight problem and have had a clean bill of health. I became a Vegetarian 7 years ago after going into heart failure.. it sure taught me a lesson about what we eat. Meat and all processed foods are totally off the table in our home.
Good post

Hanna said...

Hi there, I'm Hanna and I found you on the blog hop! I love making new friends and love your blog:) YAY! I am your newest follower. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU! You can find me at www.bouffeebambini.blogspot.com

xoxoxox Hanna

I recently lost 116 pounds. you miht want to check out how I did it on my blog. good luck!!

Mary Smith said...

I feel amazing when when I'm eating healthier! Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned.

Unknown said...

I'm trying to get back to eating healthy! I used to be a vegetarian, but so much of that has fallen by the wayside with two kids and now no job. I've been following 100 Days of Real Food, trying to do less processed food and more natural stuff. I'll be following you along, if that's ok, of course! ;-)

Mary Smith said...

Always happy to have another follower! If you'd like a few more healthy recipes check out Mary's Kitchen.

Unknown said...

You are so gonna do it!!!

The boys and I will be boarding a plane soon in search of holidays with loved ones and snow-- oh my goodness we may just freeze our little island toes off, but I wanted to stop by here first, to:

Thank you for being a sweet part of last week's An Aloha Affair.
And, to personally invite you to join us again today.


Yona Williams said...

I'm curious about tarragon now.

Katherines Corner said...

oh my goodness we eat all of this :-) Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

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