I know it is hard to believe but not all foods add to your waistline. In fact, there are some foods which you can eat lots of and they won’t get you fat. Moreover, they also pack some healthy compounds that boost your overall health and strengthen your immunity against cancer, heart disease, and other health risks. While many people might be skeptical at the list below, this doubt is due to the fact that people prepare the following listed food items the wrong way. Take the case of tofu. If you prepare it the right way-steamed or baked or stewed, you retain much of its health benefits and its calorie profile. However, if you fry it and slather it with all sorts of oil-based sauces, you pretty much canceled out its nutritional value. The same dynamic applies to the other items listed below.
Celeries have lots of water and fiber. Best of all, the calories your body expends eating this vegetable exceed the calories you take in eating it. However, don’t dip the celeries in a high-fat dip like mayonnaise or sour cream. That would defeat the purpose.
Salad greens are bulky plant food. They don’t have much calories in relation to the amount of space they take up. If you want to feel full quickly but still feel light, try salad greens. Use vinegar-based no oil dressings to retain their nutritional value. Using oil-based dressings cancels out their healthy calories.
These vegetables are great for your eyes and really engages your mouth’s sense of texture. It tastes great and you can eat a lot of them raw (which is why it’s a popular food in the Raw Food Diet) without worrying about bulking up on calories (visit our how many calories to lose weight page to learn more about losing weight and calorie-burning)
Almonds taste great and give a healthy oil. It is also a great snack. If you are trying to get over your addiction to oily and salty snacks, unsalted raw almonds are a great healthier alternative. The most common unhealthy version of almonds is on sugary desserts or sugar-rich chocolate candy. Try raw unsalted almonds instead. Also, go here to learn how much sodium per day is healthy for you)
A walnut’s shape actually reveals its brain boosting qualities. It also produces a very healthy oil. Like almonds, raw walnuts make for great snacks. However, these health benefits are destroyed if you put walnuts on fried food or eat your walnuts with milk chocolate. Avoid processed foods that have walnuts on them. Instead, enjoy raw walnuts by themselves.
Tofu has a great protein profile and its bland taste means it can go with almost any dish and fits perfectly with several popular protein diets like the Dukan Diet. Talk about versatile-it can be baked, fried, steamed, stewed, and broiled. Moreover, it absorbs sauces quite well. It makes for a great meat substitute.
If you don’t slather any butter or sour cream on baked potatoes but use a no-oil vinegar-based or lemon-based sauce instead, you can eat a whole bunch of these and feel full without feeling guilty. You can eat lots of baked potatoes until you feel full but you avoid the high fat, high salt, and unhealthy calories of potato chips or french fries.