With spring break, I was showered with hours of time to exercise and catch up on my favorite TV shows. Yet, with school starting again tomorrow, that time will soon be snatched away from me as quickly as it was bestowed. So, no more 3-hour workouts everyday Natalie…you have to figure out a more efficient routine. Plus, with my sudden baking rush, I have been consuming much more sugar and butter than I normally would. Definitely not a good sign.
So, I googled the best foods that stimulate weight loss or prevent weight gain. That way, the next time I decide that I want to bake something, I’ll include one or more of these foods. It may not really “prevent” weight gain, but it will make all of us feel a little healthier.
Courtesy of Yahoo! Health.
- Millet-This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn’t an acid forming food, is easy to digest.
Natalie’s Favorite Recipe with Millet: Raspberry Millet Pancakes
2. Asparagus: Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine – which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.
Natalie’s Favorite Asparagus Recipe: Asparagus with Tomatoes and Feta
3. Pomegranates: While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to maintain a healthier weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.
4. Pine nuts-Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet.
Natalie’s Favorite Pine Nut Recipe: Red Pepper Pesto
5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one’s appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!
Natalie’s Favorite Green Tea Recipe: Green Tea Shortbread