How Can Super Foods Help You Lose Weight?!
The ultimate way to lose weight sustainably, once and for all, is by eating whole foods like avocados, blueberries, salmon, kale, beans, cucumbers and more. Yet sometimes, you might not have time to prepare a whole meal, and it’s easier to punch up the nutrition in your smoothie, breakfast bowl or mid-day juice.
For me, the answer is adding superfoods in the form of powders and seeds to my daily routine. They provide tons of energy and even help eliminate unhealthy food cravings. When you’re loaded with energy, your workout is better, you can (efficiently) speed through your to-do list, you can take on the world! Because these ancient super foods have such high nutritional content, it stops you from feeling like there’s a “void” in your diet, you are satiated.
Super foods are foods with more phytonutrients and essential nutrients than the average food. Phytonutrients work together with fiber, vitamins and minerals to promote good health. Super foods are packed with essential nutrients the body needs in order to function, but cannot get on its own and must be obtained through a dietary source.
- Goji Berries: Considered a vitality fruit in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, goji berries are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and even protein. They’re often considered a beauty food because they’re known to help brighten skin, hair and nails. Add them to smoothie bowls, oatmeal, baked goods, or straight out of hand.
- Spirulina: This superfood powder is actually a blue green algae that grows in fresh water lakes and ponds. It boasts an abundant amount of nutrients including amino acids, antioxidants, phytonutrients and protein. It’s known to support brain health, lower blood pressure, cardiovascular health, detox the body from heavy metals, increase energy and weight loss.
- Maca: Grown from the root of the maca plant in the Andean mountains, we find it in the form of powder. It has been used by Andean society for thousands of years for nourishment and sustainable energy. It helps balance our endocrine system, hope with stress and increase stamina.
- Chia Seeds: Aztec warriors used chia seeds to boost energy and endurance. Chia means “strength” in the Mayan language. They are rich in fiber, protein, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids. They have a mild flavor and absorb liquid very well, they gelatinize in water or milk (which is how popular chia pudding is made).
- Bee Pollen: Bee pollen has a broad spectrum of nutritional benefits, and is one of the most complex, biodiverse substances found in nature. It has all 22 amino acids available and extremely high in protein. It helps reduce inflammation, protects the body from free radicals, and stimulates healing. There is a word of caution: if you’re allergic to bees, do not take bee pollen.
- Cacao Nibs: CHOCOLATE! is a superfood! I can hear all the chocolate lovers (including me) out there celebrating. To clarify, dark chocolate has the benefits. This “Food of the Gods” is rich in antioxidants, iron, and magnesium. It improves heart health, reduces the risk of cancer, may lower blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and increase blood flow to the brain. Think of them as nature’s chocolate chips!
- Hemp Seeds: Hemp is a vegetarian protein with omega fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants and minerals. It is also rich in soluble and un-soluble fiber which cleanses the colon and reduces sugar cravings. It’s known as an appetite suppressant, digestive health, balances inflammation levels, and heart health. They’re very easy to incorporate into your food. For me, I use them at breakfast. I sprinkle them on yogurt, on top of toast with almond butter, in smoothies.
- Flax Seeds: These little seeds are nutrient power houses that contain omega-3’s, fiber, protein, B vitamins, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and selenium. There are many benefits associated with flax seeds, including: high fiber content, low carb, weight loss, healthy skin and hair, lower cholesterol, gluten free, high in antioxidants, protects against cancer, and helps with menopausal symptoms.
If you noticed, each of the superfoods listed (and not listed) have been around for thousands of years. These are nature’s wonders that have stood the test of time in health and wellness.
Start incorporating these super foods one by one and see how you feel. Years ago, I started with flaxseeds, then added chia seeds, and little by little added more. It’s wonderful to have pure, natural energy throughout the day while keeping my weight in check!