The quality and types of foods you eat on a regular basis are vitally important for your overall health and weight management and the term “power food” is one that you will learn to be important. You’ve probably heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. The question is, what you have you been eating most of the time? Lots of junk food? Sugar? Fried foods? Trans fat?
Losing weight and improving your health requires you to re-think your daily nutrition and making better choices.
Below are 5 power foods for weight loss and good health to start you on the right path.
Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods you can eat and is rightly considered a power food, containing essential protein and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that your body needs to function properly. Salmon also contains a surprising number of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorous, magnesium, iron, and potassium.
Virtually all fruits are nutritious, but berries, bananas, apples and citrus fruits are some of the best choices. Sometimes dieters avoid eating fruit because they believe the sugar content will prevent them from losing weight, but that’s a myth. The sugar in fruit is different than white “table sugar” and fruit also contains fiber which helps reduce the impact on blood sugar. Most fruits are also low in calories, so they’re a much better choice that other “sweets” you might eat.
Beans are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Most varieties of beans contain a fair number of calories per serving, but they are filling so you don’t need to eat a lot of them to feel satisfied. They’re also very versatile and can be added to most any dish easily.
4) Green Vegetables
Green vegetables are rich in nutrients like vitamins A, K, C, and E, and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Even better, they are extremely low in calories and high in fiber so you feel satisfied for a long time after eating them.
5) Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the healthiest sources of fat you can ingest on a regular basis due to its amazing health benefits. Not only is it reported to help lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation, it’s loaded with beneficial antioxidants that can help reduce your risk of cancer. If you worry about the high calorie content of olive oil, don’t. Yes it’s calorie rich, but consider the fact that you don’t need to use all that much of it if you are only drizzling a little bit over salad or cooking with it. Also consider that including adequate amounts of healthy fats in your diet can help increase satiety and reduce food cravings so you’ll probably eat less and feel more satisfied. A little bit of olive oil goes a long way for health benefits and satisfaction.
These 5 foods are not the only power foods you can eat for weight loss and general health, but they are some of the most important. Consuming them regularly, in sensible amounts, will definitely help with your weight control and general health.