Since I’ve been working in the fitness world for quite some time I’ve discovered over the years one of the biggest roadblocks that a lot of people is that they really don’t know which foods are better to include in their diets to help them lose weight. In this post I hope that I can at least give you a beginning understanding of some of the great foods often called superfoods that are essential in a healthy diet and will help you lose weight.
Many Benefits of Superfoods
There are a variety of different benefits that you can receive from superfoods you should be aware of because it will help you better understand their importance in your diet. Superfoods are foods that can actually build bones, improve your eyesight, prevent a variety of different chronic diseases, keep your mind sharp. They also happily can help you to lose weight and stay fit and healthy in all ways.
My Favorite Superfoods
Here is a list of my top favorite superfoods that I try to keep in my diet at all times. Not only are they great food sources for losing weight, but they are also great tasting. I’ve also included a few recipes as well that I hope you’ll try and enjoy.
Just one cup of these little beans pack a whopping 15 grams of protein that is great for all bodies but especially good for those who work out in a weight room or participate in other fitness routines. One really great thing about black beans is that they don’t have any saturated fat like some of the other protein sources you might be used to eating.
Below you’ll find one of my favorite recipes for using black beans:
Spiced Black Bean Hummus with Marinated Peaches
1 (15 ounce) can black beans drained and rinsed (save fluid in case you need it later)
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
1 large lemon
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 ripe avocado
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon parsley chopped
1 large peach
Put the black beans, tahini, olive oil, garlic, chili sauce, juice of one fresh lemon in a food processor and pulse the ingredients until they’re smooth. If it’s too thick you can use some of the leftover black bean liquid to thin it down. Next season with ½ teaspoon of sea salt. Transfer you hummus to and bowl and chill in refrigerator. While the hummus is chilling dice the avocado and put in a small mixing bowl. Season with some sea salt, one teaspoon fresh lemon juice, and the chopped parsley. Dice the peaches and add it to the avocado and toss gently. Put your hummus in a serving dish and top it off with the peaches and avocado and serve with pita chips.
Oats are one of those superfoods that re rich in fiber and they are a great food that help you feel full all during the day. Just a half of a cup of oats holds 4.6 grams of a resistant starch which is a healthy cart that will help to boost your metabolism and it helps to burn fat, which is great if you are trying to lose weight.
Here’s a great little recipe that makes for a wonderful snack that will help keep you going all day long:
Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons of 1% milk
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
¾ cup rolled oats
Heat the milk, chocolate chips and peanut butter in a small saucepan over a low heat for three minutes or until the chocolate melts. Stir in the rolled oats and then remove from the heat. Take a spoon or a melon baller and drop 8 ball shaped portions on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and put in refrigerator for at least 10 minutes.
There is no reason to totally shy away from fats when trying to lose weight. Avocados is one of those superfoods that contains the right kind of fats, making them one of my favorite superfoods. Avocados contain oleic acid which is a compound that are healthy monounsaturated fats. These fats seem to actually calm down your hunger as well. These are great to eat alone or include them in salads, sandwiches, and other recipes.
When you include lean protein in your diet you are going to feel fuller without adding any unhealthy fats. Salmon is the ideal lean protein if you’re trying to rid yourself of red meat in your diet. On the average people who added more salmon to their diet lost an average of nine pounds more than those who didn’t include it.
This great little fruit is filled with antioxidants, are filled with fiber, have very few calories and are great for snacks or for adding to a variety of different healthy recipes. Below is one of my personal favorite recipes using this great little fruit.
Blueberry Lemon Sorbet
3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
½ cup of water
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Put all of the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Put the berry mixture in a freezer safe container and freeze until it’s hard. This should take about an hour. Take out of the refrigerator and let it stand before serving and enjoying.
Other Great Superfoods
Here are a few more of my favorite superfoods I highly recommend:
- Brown rice
- Kidney beans
- Green tea