Food is energy, and let’s face it…some foods are better than others. Just like a car runs on gas, a body runs on food. When we put bad fuel in a car, it runs poorly, and when we put bad food in our body, it runs poorly. But there are some ‘high octane’ foods that boost our energy, stimulate our metabolism, and satisfy our cravings to prevent us from filling up with bad foods so that our body runs efficiently and smoothly. Here are six foods that we should eat every day for high energy and healthy weight loss.
Eggs were once thought to be bad for cholesterol, but recent studies have proven that they have no effect on bad cholesterol, and the benefits they provide are numerous. They are loaded with protein, contain only 75 calories, and are packed with essential vitamins and nutrients such as B12, E, and A. A couple of eggs first thing in the morning will keep you fueled up until lunch.
Bell peppers are loaded with Vitamin C. The colored ones (red, yellow and orange) have more than the greens, and the colored peppers also contain loads of antioxidants. They are most beneficial when consumed raw, and the crunch they provide can help us avoid some poor food choices. Eat them on salads, sandwiches, or dip them in salsa or some other low calorie dip for a healthy snack.
Broccoli and cauliflower are miracle foods. Both boost metabolism, both contain loads of vitamins, protein, and fiber, and both help metabolize estrogen, which can help prevent breast cancer and other illnesses. Broccoli and Cauliflower can also reduce the effects of aging. Overcooking reduces the benefits drastically, so aim for raw consumption, on a salad for example, or as close to raw as you can get, such as lightly steaming or stir-frying.
Avocados and olives are loaded with fat, but the fat they contain is healthy, monounsaturated fat. Eating avocados and olives can improve your cholesterol and actually make you feel satisfied longer so you eat less at your next meal. Add a couple of slices of avocado or 6-8 olives to your sandwich or salad and you will avoid the hunger pangs that can lead to overeating.
Almonds and peanuts are great for losing weight. They are loaded with calories and fat, but again, the good fat, and in addition to seriously boosting your energy, they can help you eat less at mealtime. Grab a small handful of either with a glass of water about 30 minutes before you eat lunch or dinner, and you’ll eat anywhere from 30-50% less.
Tuna and sardines are a great source of protein, and both contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve heart health and even boost memory. Each makes a great post-workout snack, as they are both canned in appropriate single servings, readily available and inexpensive. Go for tuna packed in water, not oil, and look for sardines packed in tomato or mustard sauce, not oil. And please resist the temptation to add mayonnaise to your tuna. Add some finely shredded and rinsed lettuce instead to give it the crunch and moisture you crave.