10 Tummy-Tightening Foods
We’ve all heard it: Abs are made in the kitchen. And it couldn’t be more true! Below are a few foods with fat-burning properties to help you with this dreaded task of weight loss. Just remember: no one food alone can do the job. You need to have a plan and a purpose. Make sure you are eating the proper amount of calories for your body and exercising regularly as well!
Here are a few tummy-tightening foods to help get you on the right track to a slimmer summer.
Oats with Cinnamon: Oats are a great start to your day. They will help keep you full while the cinnamon has natural thermionic properties, increasing your metabolism.
Grapefruit: Grapefruit helps lower insulin levels, which promotes weight loss and a fast metabolism.
Red Peppers: Peppers contain capsaicin to help you to burn that stubborn fat.
Almonds: Almonds are a great source of protein to help keep you full and your metabolism kicking.
Salmon: Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which is beneficial for fat loss.
Avocado: While avocados are considered a fat, they are a healthy fat, which your body needs to use as energy!
Blueberries: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, and they are also low in sugar and great for a healthy, low calorie snack!
Green Tea: Natural caffeine can help speed up your metabolism and keep you energized to burn more calories throughout the day. Plus, green tea contains antioxidants to help rid your body of toxins.
Chicken: Chicken is a great source of lean protein. By placing more protein in your diet, you can lower the amount of carbohydrates you take in while promoting weight loss.
Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes are great for keeping your blood sugar levels stable while promoting a better, faster metabolism.
Thanksgiving’s Nutritional Superstars
Did you know that some surprising superfoods may be sitting on your Thanksgiving table, even when you’ve been planning on a total gorge-fest? Plus, some of your fave sweet treats have health benefits that will last you long after your Black Friday shopping trip. Check out these five surprising Thanksgiving superfoods.
Dark Meat Turkey
The star of the Thanksgiving show is one of the leanest meats around. White meat turkey has long been recommended over dark because of its lower calorie and fat content, but the caloric difference between these two types of meat is actually very small. While dark meat does have a bit more fat than its white counterpart, it still stands out as a Thanksgiving superfood since it’s higher iron, zinc and B-vitamin content.
Did you know that pecans have among the highest antioxidant contents in the nut family? These antioxidant properties, which come from the pecan’s high levels of vitamin E, have been shown to protect against free radicals that cause cancer. Pecans also contain healthy fats that may help reduce cholesterol and prevent Type II diabetes.
In addition to its calorie-free flavor-enhancing powers, cinnamon also has superfood-esque powers. Studies have shown that eating a half teaspoon of cinnamon each day for 40 days reduced fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels in study participants by as much as 30 percent! Another study showed a brain-boosting relationship between smelling cinnamon and increased brain activity.
Tart, sweet, and delicious—cranberry sauce is one of my go-to Thanksgiving recipes. The rich antioxidant content of cranberries helps protect your body’s cells from dangerous free radicals that can cause cancer. Emerging research has also shown that cranberries contain compounds that can help prevent infections and reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Try swapping out the white sugar in your favorite cranberry sauce recipe for orange juice and apple sauce to cut a few extra calories, too.
Pumpkin’s deep orange color means that it is packed with powerful compounds called carotenoids. Studies have shown that carotenoids are linked to cancer prevention, reduced risk of heart disease and improved vision. Pumpkin is also a great source of fiber—7 grams in a one cup serving! To reduce some of the calories and fat from your slice of pumpkin pie, cut out the crust and go straight for the pumpkin filling by itself.