I am not great at dieting. And by that, I mean I’m terrible at it.
I’ve tried the cleanses, the intense macro-tracking, the calorie-counting. But I’m busy, and in between working, exercising, and having a social life, I frankly don’t have time to keep track of every single ounce of fat I eat in my whirlwind of a day.
Plus, I just don’t want to. Sorry, not sorry.
Which is why I’m all about focusing on foods I can eat, instead of looking at everything I can’t. Honestly, there’s no need to deprive yourself of your favorite foods when you’re trying to lose weight. You can have chocolate, you can have red meat, and you can have pizza.
Enjoy everything you love, but enjoy it in moderation. All you have to do is make sure healthy, clean ingredients make up the majority of your food intake each day. There are some easy ways to do this:
- Fill up on protein, healthy fats, and fiber to satisfy your hunger.
- Eat a wide variety of foods, so that you’re getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.
- Stock up on easy-to-grab healthy ingredients so you won’t give in to junk food cravings.
Of course, one of the hardest parts is just figuring out which ingredients to focus on. To help you figure out which foods are the most nutritious, we’ve put together this list of 25 of the healthiest foods for weight loss.
Bananas are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. Their high concentration of potassium helps keep you hydrated and helps keep your blood pressure in check. Choose from these 15 Banana Recipes to get a dose of nutritious flavors.
All berries should be part of your weight-loss diet, but blueberries are especially powerful. They contain antioxidants and can help regulate your blood sugar. My favorite way to eat berries is through a straw! Try drinking your blueberries in this Wild Blueberry, Mint, and Flax Seed Smoothie.
Okay, so I have to admit I underappreciated this fruit before I learned about its power. It’s rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin A, and can help lower your cholesterol. Our Papaya Boat Parfait is a fun way to try out the fiber-packed fruit.
I love stocking my fridge (and freezer) with salmon. Salmon, and other fatty fish, should be a staple of any healthy diet. It has plenty of energizing protein, and its omega-3 fatty acids are essential for fat loss. Cook yourself an easy, healthy dinner with these 6-Ingredient Wild Salmon Fillets.
Turkey is another great source of lean protein. It also has omega-3 fatty acids, but make sure you buy organic turkey. The omega-3 content is much higher than in non-organic turkey. I’m obsessed with this Turkey, Brie and Peach Panini Recipe for a savory lunch.
6. Leafy Greens
Am I the only one who feels like there are way more ways to eat greens than when I was a kid? If you’re trying to lose weight, kale, spinach, chard, bok choy, beet greens, and collard greens are your best friends. They are loaded with vitamin K, iron, antioxidants, and fiber, and very low in calories and fat. Work some greens into your diet with these 5 Fun Ways to Eat More Greens.
I don’t care how #basic I sound, I will never give up avocados! Avocados are one of the healthiest foods in the world. Avocado’s fat is the good kind of fat, and it will help you lose body fat. They are also high in potassium, which is an electrolyte needed to keep you hydrated. Pep up your breakfast by trying our 3-Ingredient Avocado and Feta Toast.
I was one of those weird kids who actually loved broccoli, but I know that’s not the common reaction. Luckily, there are tons of ways to eat broccoli, even if you’re a reluctant vegetable-eater. Broccoli has a ton of fiber, vitamin A, antioxidants, and antioxidants. Add some chicken for a tasty dinner in this Foil Baked Chicken and Broccoli recipe.