Diet and exercise go hand in hand when it comes to shedding off fat from your body. And just as you spend time and energy killing it at your workout, what you eat through the day is what matters to see real results. However, a clean diet doesn’t mean depriving yourself. You just need to find low calorie foods that satisfy your hunger and are yummy to include in meals. We have put together 10 powerfoods that you must include in your diet.
- Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, iron, protein and omega-3. They can be put on your smoothies or oatmeal (you can soak them overnight or directly sprinkle them over).
- Flax seeds
Rich in vitamin B and omega 3, reduces cholesterol and is known to be great for skin and hair. This can be used in a similar way as chia seeds, by sprinkling or by blending it along with your smoothies.
Replace your ready made cereal at breakfast with healthy oats. It will keep you satiated longer, thanks to its high fiber content. Try different recipes to keep it interesting- regular dish with milk, banana oats pancake, overnight oats (also makes for a great quick breakfast).
Another great protein source and also low in calories. They can be teamed up with rice, quinoa, or in salads too.
- Dark Chocolate
Chocolate lovers! Just because you are trying to lose weight, doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy the odd piece once in a way. Reach for a piece of dark chocolate instead and enjoy!
- Green Tea
Green tea is known to boost your metabolism and suppresses your appetite. Make sure you include a cup of this a day in your diet. If you are bored of the regular green tea, try the flavoured varieties for a change.
Quinoa is a superb source of protein and fiber and can be prepared in a variety of interesting ways- whether in a salad, dessert or as a rice replacement.
These oval-shaped little nuts are the key to getting more calcium in. They also have a high level of vitamin E and are a valuable source of protein. You can opt to have them raw as a quick snack, or keep them soaked overnight or added in your sandwich/salad as almond butter.
- Coconut oil
The unique combination of fatty acids in coconut oil can have positive effects on your health. This includes protecting your skin and hair, better brain function and increase of good cholesterol level in your body, among others. You can use it while cooking food or making desserts, just make sure you choose the virgin pressed one, not the refined versions.
- Peanut butter
Nutritious, filling and a great source of protein, you can use peanut butter to make healthy snacks, or just enjoy it directly from the jar. One- two spoonfuls of peanut butter a day is safe to consume.