As New Year is coming soon, you probably want to be in a good shape for this special night. Follow this list of 25 foods and a little bit of exercise and you will be more than ready. Nutritionists highly recommend taking a bite of these super healthy snacks that will help you get back in shape. Joy Bauer, an experienced nutritionist and few others, give you a few tips how to combine these foods with other ingredients.
Apples are abundant in fiber called pectin, which improves digestion. They also keep you fuller longer and they are excellent appetite suppressants. Apples also regulate your blood sugar levels.
- Brussels Sprouts
This vegetable is very low in calories. One cup of this vegetable has only 38 calories. It is high in vitamin C, which is a very strong reason to consume it during the cold winter days. It will protect you from diseases, since it strengthens your immune system.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds contain satiating protein and fiber and they have the ability to absorb liquid. Add them in oatmeal, cereals or yogurt. You can also mix them into dips, salad dressing or when you are preparing a smoothie.
- Hot Sauce
Many studies have proven the relation between spicy foods and weight loss. The heat may help to boost your metabolism and reduce your constant food cravings. Drizzle hot sauce on eggs, soups, or stews. Bauer recommends Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Cholula and Tobacco brands, because they have no added sugar.
- Water Chestnuts
One study shows that people associate the sound of crunchy foods with freshness. So, the louder the crunch, the better the product was considered to be. Refresh your greens with water chestnuts, for about 40 calories per ½ cup.
Lentil is a high-protein pulse that is dried and then soaked and cooked before eating. They are the ultimate high fiber food, and makes you stay full longer. This information confirms the diet expert, Michelle Dudash.
This food also belongs to the group of high fiber products. Jessica Fishman Levinson, the founder of Nutritioulicious, explains that the amount of fiber and protein in chickpeas, will give you the feeling of fullness, which is very important when it comes to preventing overeating.
- Black Beans
Try to replace meat with beans, like in tacos or burritos. In this way, you will get a healthy meal, which will make you feel fuller. Your urge for eating will be suppressed for a longer period of time.
It is one of the best snack that you could have. These small nuts are very low in calories, and contain protein, fiber, and a number of vitamins and minerals. They are a perfect choice for those who want to lose weight.
They are as good as the pistachios. They have unsaturated fats and vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. Consume them raw and unsalted.
- Green Tea
You have probably noticed that green tea is part of almost every diet. Studies have shown that green tea boosts your metabolism and makes the process of burning calories much easier. Dudash recommends dinking three cups a day without sugar, which can help you burn up to 90 calories.
- Greek Yogurt
This yogurt is a rich source of protein and calcium. It also has less sugar and carbs compared to the regular version. Marlene Koch, an author of Eat What You Love, emphasizes the fact that it works well in the mornings, especially when it is mixed with fruit or nuts. It is often part of many smoothie recipes.
- Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a lean protein, which regulates your blood sugar levels. Koch suggests creaming the cottage cheese to use it instead of sour cream, mayonnaise and cream cheese.
Koch suggests you putting ¼ cup of liquid egg substitute to your smoothie for protein, instead of expensive and tasteless protein powders. Hard-boiled eggs and deviled eggs are also a healthy snack.
Koch says that mushrooms do wonders when it comes to weight loss. They are also a great substitute for meat.
Apart from being a rich source or iron, it can be used in a variety of recipes. Use tender leaves because they have milder taste.
- Romaine Lettuce
This vegetable is naturally rich in water and speeds up the process of weight loss. Koch recommends beginning each meal with a salad. It is healthier and it will reduce your hunger.
- Other Non-Starchy Vegetables
This group includes: zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, green beans, summer squash, cucumbers, bok choy, and it seems like the list is endless. Dudash suggests roasting the vegetables for better taste.
- Oats and Oatmeal
They bring down the bad cholesterol. Consume plain rolled oats, because they have no added sugar.
- Part-Skim Ricotta
Part-skim ricotta will help you burn calories and at the same time it will satisfy your need for something sweet.
Since tuna is full of protein and it boosts your metabolism, you will manage to lose weight. Consume the recommended daily dosage of 32 grams of protein, found in one tin can.
The nutritionist say: Have half a grapefruit before every meal. Practice this for 3 months and you can lose up to 3.5 pounds. Plus, fruit can never be a bad choice.
- Air-Popped Popcorn
Replace all that junk food like chips or sweets with popcorn. Enjoy in their crunchiness, without worrying that you can gain weight.
People love its creamy taste. All the foods in this list contain fiber, and avocado is no exception. It will keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Avocado is known for its 21 nutrients, so you should include it in your diet more often. Nutritionists suggest using it in recipes with butter.
- Ice Water
Drinking plenty of water is necessary for your body hydration. You should drink at least 64 ounces of very cold water throughout the entire day, and one cup before every meal. Why precisely cold water? In this way, your body has to use extra energy to warm up, which stimulates your metabolism.