Want to feel full and satisfied without restricting how much you eat? Eating healthy plant-based foods can help!
Do you have weight goals, babes? Recently, I asked in my Instagram stories if you all had weight goals. Many of you said YES! Weight goals include:
+ weight gain
+ weight loss
+ weight management
My #1 TIP: Focus on eating healthy instead of focusing on restrictions.
Babes, it’s SO important that you eat foods that are healthy. By eating lots of plant-based foods and balancing all the different dimensions of wellness, you will reach your wellness goals.
Personally, what has helped me the most with my healthy eating journey is to not deprive myself. With this list of foods that support weight loss you can focus on the good, rather than the bad.
Here are 4 Foods That Support Weight Loss:
1) Flax seeds
These seeds are a good source of fiber which is helpful for digestion. Start slow if you’re not used to eating seeds. Seeds like flax seeds naturally fight constipation by promotion bowel movements.
Known to fight chronic diseases like: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke
Choose ground flax seed since our bodies are able to more fully digest the seed and receive it’s benefits this way
Add a bit to foods you normally enjoy like smoothies, oatmeal, sauces, and other meals.
Start slow and do what’s right for you. Flax seeds are no joke when it comes to getting your bowels moving.
Nuts are really good for helping you to feel satisfied and full. I’d recommend buying them in the shell so that you can take your time and not over eat. Think about your portions as you enjoy in these nutritious nuts! Specifically pistachios are:
less calories than most nuts
full of antioxidants
helps combat inflammation
nutritious and delicious
good source of protein
great for gut (belly) and eye health
vitamin B6 supports a healthy immune and nervous system
source of good fat for a healthy cholesterol
3) Green tea
Really we want to drink lots of water and avoid sugar sweetened beverages. When you want to have something other than water then tea is a great option. In general, tea is a great beverage option whether you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle or just getting started by trying to lose weight. Science has found that people who drink green tea regularly are able to lose weight, but it’s not clear that green tea significantly impacts weight loss. I’ve kept it on the list though because is SO important to replace sugar sweetened beverages with healthy low calorie drinks. Could you use more healthy drink suggestions? Here’s what is SO great about green tea:
increases metabolism so it’s faster
rich in nutrients
full of antioxidants
Try not to add sugar. If you must have sugar then make sure its a natural sweetener like cane sugar or honey. White refined sugars are not a good choice.
Drink your tea warm. Tea can be warm or cold which is great for switching it up. Why warm? Your body absorbs warm water much better than it does colder water.
Bored with green tea? Try mixing it with other natural teas or getting green tea that includes natural flavors like mango or peach.
Did you know a lot of an apple’s nutrients are found in it’s skin? If you’re someone that takes the time to peel their fruit or buy is already chopped up, consider this fact next time. You don’t want to miss out on all the great nutrients that support your wellness goals!
contains polyphenols which promote a speedy metabolism
made up of 85% water
Could you use resources to increase your water intake?
great source of fiber
1 apple is 4 g of fiber
lots of antioxidants
Eat the skin to maximize your nutrient intake.
Try to have an apple daily.
Adding almond butter or really any nut butter is a healthy and delicious way to enjoy your apples.
Use smoothies! Smoothies are an easy and delicious way to fit in many of these foods! Apple will naturally add sweetness to any smoothie!
5) Collard greens
Leafy greens are a great food choice if you’re looking to eat foods that are low in calories, high in nutrients, and overall good for weight loss. Here are some of the benefits of collard greens:
Loaded with vitamins
Lots of antioxidants
A source of calcium
Creates volume for a full and satisfied feeling
Low in calories
Lots of fiber
Do not overcook your greens! This is SO important. Traditionally, some cultures will cook collards and other leafy greens for hours before finally enjoying them. You lose lots of nutrients this way. Try to cook your greens just enough so they are ready to eat but not limp and dull.
Switch it up. Eat your greens in salads, cooked, on sandwiches and so much more. Greens are also GREAT for smoothies too.