To be honest I don’t believe in diet food. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the word “die” makes up the majority of the word “diet.” Not cool. However, I do believe in healthy food. Healthy food should, in my opinion, not only be good for your body, but it should taste good, too. Healthy eating should make you feel alive, not dead. Right? You with me? Good. Because if you read on, you will discover nine healthy foods that also just happen to taste amazing.
Alright, I want you to do a little exercise. Close your eyes, and imagine, for a moment, a big ceramic bowl of bean dip next to a poofy bag of tortilla chips. Then imagine the spicy aroma of a bowl of chili, (you know, with cheese and sour cream and diced onion on the top.) Now imagine the most delicious, moistest (Actually, I detest the word moist, but in this case, it seems to be the only word that fits. I’m sorry. You’ll have to bear with me,) chocolate cake.
Okay, open your eyes now. Do you know what all those foods contain?
Beans are no longer boring. They’re the new hipsters in town, and they’re here to help you lose weight.
Pintos contain a whopping 30 grams of fiber, according to the USDA. Fiber is great for your gut health and makes you feel full longer. Therefore, you eat less.
And I’m not kidding about the black bean chocolate cake. You can check out the recipe here. Trust me, it’s amazing.
Come on people, it’s not the seventies anymore. Eggs are not going to kill you. Unless you have an egg allergy or something. (In which case, then don’t eat eggs. Obviously.) According to Healthline, “New studies show that they neither adversely affect blood cholesterol nor cause heart attacks (1, 2). What’s more, they’re one of the best foods to eat if you need to lose weight, as they’re high in protein, healthy fats and can make you feel full with a very low amount of calories. One study in 30 overweight women showed that eating eggs for breakfast, instead of bagels, increased feelings of fullness (satiety) and made participants eat less for the next 36 hours (3).”
Yep, we’re talking about creamy, delicious, probiotic goodness. Not just that, we’re talking full-fat yogurt. If you’re gonna do it, go all the way. Eat This, Not That says, “Packed with protein, crammed with calcium, and popping with probiotics, yogurt has all the makings of one of the best foods you can eat for weight loss and general health. And no, eating full fat won’t make you fat: Whole-milk yogurts tend to have more protein and less sugar than their leaner versions.”
The great thing about yogurt is that it’s so versatile. I’d always suggest buying plain, full-fat yogurt because it’s like a canvas for food art. (Really!) If you want to have dessert yogurt, you can add honey or coconut sugar, which is still healthier than the sugary yogurt counterpart. If you don’t have a sweet tooth (which is amazing and you should pat yourself on the back if this is the case) you can flavor yogurt differently. Think: yogurt ranch dressing. Way healthier, but still delicious. Get the recipe here.
So I know oatmeal has gotten kind of a bad rap as a gloppy breakfast item that every normal child despises. And that’s a shame because according to First For Women, “If you eat oatmeal, you’ll feel fuller for a longer period of time. That’s because oatmeal contains a special fiber called beta-glucan, which can trigger hormones that tell you to stop eating. Beta-glucan is also sticky, so oatmeal stays in your system for a longer period of time…It’s not clear exactly why, but research shows that eating oatmeal triggers cravings for healthier foods like healthy protein and veggies — foods that are high in lower belly fat-reducing minerals like magnesium and vitamins that rev up metabolism like B vitamins.”
And the cool thing is oatmeal is also very versatile. You can make it sweet or savory, it’s entirely up to your taste buds.
You pretty much can’t go wrong with veggies, as most people know already. NDTV says, “Spinach and other leafy green vegetables like kale, lettuce, etc. are great for burning belly fat and are very nutritious as well. There have been some studies done on the subject of the fat burning capabilities of spinach and the very healthy veggie has come out a winner in this category. Add a little cooked or blanched spinach to your breakfast or lunch to set your body on track for some major fat burn.”
That same article goes on, “A lot of health freaks swear by chili peppers for burning fat. Recent studies have demonstrated that the heat generated by consumption of chilies helps utilize more calories and essentially oxidizes layers of fat in the body. But, if you don’t like the burn of the chili peppers, all non-hot varieties of the fruit may also do the trick, as they contain ‘capsaicin,’ which is responsible for burning fat.”
So if you’re a hot sauce lover, rejoice! (I recommend Tabasco.)
Take the humble banana, for instance. There are many things going for the banana. It is a delightful shade of yellow, for one. It’s ridiculously portable. It’s fun to peel. You can hold it up to your face and pretend it’s a phone! How cool is that?
If you’re still not convinced about the humble banana, have a look at its assessment, brought to you by Healthline, “Calorie for calorie, bananas contain a lot of fiber. One medium banana provides around 12% of your recommended daily intake, with just 105 calories. Fiber is important for maintaining regular bowel habits, and plays a vital role in digestive health (5). Eating high amounts of fiber has even been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, diverticular disease and some cancers (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12). Adequate fiber intake is also linked to reduced body weight (13, 14).”
Everything’s better with butter. That’s a fact. Mind Body Green says, “In addition to arachidonic and the omega docosahexaenoic fat, butter provides ample amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids and other omega fats, which support a healthy immune system and metabolism. Another butter fat called glycosphingolipids protects against gut problems, and when butter comes from cows eating grass, it also contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a healthy fat that fights against cancer, diabetes, and weight gain.”
Avocados are another healthy fat to enjoy. According to Eat This, Not That, “A scoop of guacamole may be one of the most effective hunger-squashers known to man. In a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado with lunch reported a 40 percent decreased desire to eat for hours afterward. At only 60 calories, a two-tablespoon serving of guacamole (on top of eggs, salads, grilled meats, etc.) can provide the same satiety benefit with even more of a flavor punch.”
Okay, okay. Nuts are also a good source of protein, but I put them under the fat category because walnuts are kind of a superhero in the fat world.
The New York Times says, “A handful of walnuts may be an effective weight loss tool. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other substances and, in moderation, have been linked to reduced risk of obesity and diabetes. They may also efficiently reduce appetite.”
The foods you eat have a big impact on how easy it will be for you to lose weight. Make sure the majority of your calories come from healthy, whole foods.
Make healthy food exciting! If you don’t like a certain fruit or vegetable, consider preparing it differently or chosing an alternative. Experiment with sweet and savory flavors. Get creative in the kitchen and it’ll be that much easier to make healthy food decisions.
Eating healthy can seem daunting at first. But healthy food doesn’t have to be boring, and these nine foods prove that it can actually be delicious. And the best part? You don’t have to complain to all your friends about the diet you’re on. You’ll just be inwardly smiling about the great, healthy lifestyle you live by.