Monday, July 6, 2009

Healthy Good Tasting Food

Be honest, when you hear about healthy food you think of carrot sticks and celery don’t you? Why does the concept of weight loss conjure up images of unappetizing foods?
1. Yams and sweet potatoes.
The glycemic index measures the values of various foods based on how quickly they break down and are absorbed into the bloodstream. The slower the digestion, the lower the score, the better the food is for regulating blood sugars, insulin, and overall metabolism—all of which affect fat deposition.

2. Oranges, apples and grapefruit.
These particular fruits contain high levels of the soluble fiber pectin. Fiber slows digestion, helps eliminate toxins stored in body fat, and gives you a feeling of fullness.

3. Killer sandwiches.
To lose 40 pounds in 21 weeks, eat plenty of hearty sandwiches stacked with vegetables, such as tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce and onion, as well as deli meats – but always oven-roasted turkey over anything vacuum-packed. For your bread choice, its suggested anything brown with lots of seeds and heavy grains you can actually see, because less-milled ingredients contain much more fiber.

4. Cereal
They can be a little hard to find, but low-sugar cereals packed with protein and fiber are hitting the market. The Kashi brand is one of the best.

5. Salad
“If you eat a salad, make it valuable,” “Get field or Asian greens and add a yogurt dressing. Plus, you need a ton of vegetables and some good lean protein, like grilled salmon.”

6. Quiche
Made with egg whites and just a couple of yolks are protein sources. Toss in a little low-fat cheese, broccoli and spinach.

7. Yogurt
And other dairy goods that come in great-tasting, low-fat products.

8. Almonds
Nuts are loaded with monounsaturated fats—the good fats that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, known to lower cholesterol. Fats are as necessary to a healthy diet as protein and carbohydrates.

9. Peanut butter
Likewise, nut butters are a great source of those healthy, monounsaturated fats. Enjoy your favorite, but in moderation.

10. Hummus.
AKA pureed chickpeas, garlic, and a little lemon juice and they are great with whole-wheat pita bread or organic corn chips.

11. Salsa.
Another favorite for dipping, and a homemade batch is easy to make. Fresh salsa is simply tomato, onion, jalapeno and cilantro. Now, tell me, what could possibly be unhealthy about that!

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