10 Fat Decreasing Power Foods
Energy-Increasing, Fat-Decreasing, Crave-Ending Power Foods
It seems as though we get stuck in our own daily routines: wake up (wake up everyone else), shower, eat (make) breakfast, work or take care of the children (or both), come home, make dinner, throw in a load of laundry, workout, get everyone washed up, then go to bed all to rinse and repeat again the next day.
We may also find that what we eat falls into the same routine! But it doesn’t have to be like that… There are a lot of foods that you can incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. These ten foods are energy increasing, fat decreasing and crave ending; these are the power foods every healthy eating lifestyle should contain:
Move over spinach, you’ve got company! Kale is the leafy-green, cruciferous vegetable that is growing ever more popular these days. This antioxidant-packed superfood is a great choice for a clean eating lifestyle. Kale is a low-calorie, fat-free, low-carb, power food! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, this nutrient-dense power food may help to fight as well as prevent diseases.
Spinach is not only a favorite for Popeye, but for individuals all over the world. Spinach is a great source of potassium (supports heart health), Vitamin C, beta-carotene as well as other powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Spinach is fat-free, low in carbohydrates and calories. Spinach can be enjoyed raw, cooked and in your green smoothies.
Berries are filled with antioxidants, which are important for our immunity (prevent you from missing your workouts). Berries are a great breakfast and pre-workout power food. Since fruit tends to contain a higher amount of sugar and carbohydrates, it is best to consume these fruits in the morning and early afternoon. If you want a sweat treat, have berries over Greek yogurt (regular or frozen), make a berry crumble, etc.
4. Steel-Cut Oats
Steel-cut oats are the least processed of the oat varieties. They are packed fiber as well as low in fat. Steel-cut oats may help increase your energy, which makes this a great choice for breakfast and as a pre-workout meal. Research suggests that steel-cut oats may reduce cholesterol and support heart health.
Branded in South America as the “Queen of Grains”, Quinoa contains more fiber and protein than rice and oats. Quinoa is packed with vitamins and nutrients, including zinc, magnesium, etc. Quinoa can be enjoyed at any time of the day; you can find numerous recipes that are made with Quinoa for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
6. Grass-Fed Meat
If you wish to consume meat in your nutritional regimen, make sure this power food is grass fed. Grass-fed meats are more likely to be leaner than grain-fed meats. According to research, grass-fed meats tend to contain more Omega-3s than grain-fed meats. Grass-fed farming harmonizes with animals’ natural lifestyle. This low-fat, high-protein power food is great to consume post workout, for lunch or dinner.
7. Poultry: Chicken and Turkey
When feasible, purchase pasture-raised poultry or poultry from farms that adhere to humane conditions and the natural lifestyles of their animals. White-meat poultry is low in fat and carbohydrates while also being high in protein. White-meat poultry contains phosphorus, which aids in supporting system functions (such as liver and kidney), bone and teeth health.
8. Wild Fish
Wild fish is a great source of high-quality protein while being low in fat. The omega-3 fatty acids that you will find in wild fish are beneficial to your health. Some varieties of wild fish, such as flounder and sole contain zero carbohydrates, which make this a great choice for dinner (especially if you get home late).
9. Eggs (and Egg Whites)
When it’s available and if you can afford it, stick to organic and pasture-raised eggs; pasture-raised chickens are offered shelter as well as time outside. They are raised in environments that are natural for them (how they are fed, etc.). Although there’s much controversy over the yoke of the egg and its high-cholesterol content, the yolk also contains omega-3s and high-quality protein. Eggs are also loaded with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which is yields great health benefits.
10. Raw Nuts and Seeds
Raw nuts and seeds are the perfect snack or salad topping. Raw nuts and seeds are a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. In one small serving size, you can enjoy a great source of protein. Although they are high in healthy fats, be mindful of your intake. You can also enjoy all-natural nut and seed butters (unsalted is best; if you do like salt, make sure only pure sea or Himalayan salt is used).
If you haven’t already started exploring the internet for recipes or are writing these power foods on your shopping list, I can promise you that you won’t be disappointed. From their taste to their health benefits, they will make you energetic, happy and healthy (and get you back into your favorite jeans)!