15 Fat-Burning Superfoods

Slim down the superfood way.

What are your tools for weight loss? Running shoes? Weights? Fitness apps? It’s time to add food to that toolkit. Yes, some foods can actually help you shed pounds and inches. Add these 15 fat-burning superfoods to your shopping list this week.

These fat-burning superfoods are clean eating choices that deliver whole food goodness without added sugar, salt, fat, or preservatives. Many of them are low-calorie and all of them are nutrient dense, giving your body the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients it needs to operate at its best.

Eating for weight loss isn’t just about choosing the most nutritious foods; it’s also about eating proper portions. All of our recipes include a portion size to help you stay on track with your weight loss or weight maintenance goals. Always check the recommended serving size, and for a refresher, check out What is a Portion Size?.

Regular exercise is critical when you want to shed pounds and inches too. At Skinny Ms., we develop and share fitness routines for any taste and every fitness level. Here are three workouts to try:

6 Minutes to Amazing Abs
9 Moves to Blast Love Handles
15-Minute Total Body Fat Blaster

1. Almonds
These healthy nuts offer protein and fiber, but they also contain magnesium, a mineral that helps build and maintain muscle tissue. Get a fat-burning start to your day with Berry Almond Breakfast Quinoa.

2. Avocado
This fruit offers plenty of fiber along with healthy carbs, which help regulate blood sugar so you can avoid cravings for unhealthy snacks. Treat your taste buds to our Avocado and Mango Salad.

3. Blueberries
These sweeties are rich in fiber, filling you so you’re less likely to dive into a sugary or salty processed (i.e. unhealthy) snack. For a yummy, healthy lunch, try Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad.

4. Chili Peppers
Chilies are rich in capsaicin, a substance that stimulates the metabolism for more efficient fat burn. Skinny Ms. Spice Rub is a tasty way to flavor your favorite grill recipes.

5. Eggs
Eggs are an ideal source of protein, and, unless you struggle with high cholesterol, it’s generally safe to eat one egg each day–including the yolk, which contains many of the nutrients. Enjoy our version of Deviled Eggs, a healthier alternative to traditional party food recipes.

6. Greek Yogurt
With probiotics to reduce and prevent bloating as well as protein to nourish lean, calorie-burning muscle, Greek yogurt will help your body look and feel better. Use Goat Cheese Yogurt Spread on sandwiches, burgers or veggies.

7. Green Tea
Yes, you can drink fat-burning superfoods! Green tea delivers compounds that help release fat from cells, especially in the ab area. Add unsweetened green tea to your morning routine or mix Orange-Pomegranate Green Tea.

8. Kale
A nutrient powerhouse, kale offers fiber, plus a range of nutrients that help lower cholesterol and detoxify the body. Try Baked Kale and Quinoa Patties for a simpler-than-it-looks recipe.

9. Legumes
These fat-burning superfoods deliver fiber for slow-burning energy and protein to build calorie-burning muscle. Load the crockpot in the morning to enjoy Slow Cooker Black Bean Veggie Soup when you get home.

10. Lemons
Lemons are all-around superfoods, fighting inflammation (including in the joints), improving digestion, and boosting the body’s detox system. Skillet Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Sauce is a tasty one-pot recipe that delivers lemon goodness.

11. Quinoa
A grain-like food, quinoa offers heart-loving omega-3 fatty acids as well as a complete source of protein—a quality not offered by most grains. Add Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Cups to the menu this week.

12. Salmon
The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon promote fat burn to boost metabolism, plus they help protect the joints from inflammation. Orange-Glazed Salmon with Wilted Kale is simple enough to make even on busy weeknights.

13. Spinach
This high-nutrient, low-calorie food is full of fiber, but it’s also rich in vitamin K, which is critical for maintaining bone health—so you can keep doing those squats. Chicken, Spinach, and Corn Sauté is a fabulously simple, healthy entrée.

14. Strawberries
Strawberries contain fiber, and they also offer antioxidants that help blood flow more efficiently to muscles. Pork Chops with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce is a delish recipe when you want to enjoy strawberries in a new way.

15. Walnuts
Walnuts are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that promote weight loss and may help prevent obesity. Love your body with Spinach Pear Walnut Salad.


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Amy Wagner

Amy is a writer specializing in health & wellness, business, and entrepreneurship. She's a long-time martial arts teacher who has earned a 4th degree black belt in tae kwon do. When Amy's not writing or kicking, she's wrangling sons, reading fiction, or crushing on BBC actors.

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