We’re always struggling between eating healthy and eating hearty. It’s a constant battle to say yes to the right foods that will help with weight loss, but why pick sides? You can have your metaphorical cake. Here are 6 easy and fast foods to make that will help you shed the pounds and feel great!
Lentils have sort of a “bad rap” when it comes to people who haven’t eaten them before. “They are mushy” or “They taste like peas” are a few chief complaints. If cooked properly then it’s not so. Red and yellow lentils cook extremely fast as compared to others, only taking 15-20 minutes to boil. Like any food if you cook it longer than it’s supposed to be it will be a little off in texture.
Broccoli was seemingly made for weight loss. It has very few calories per serving. It helps control high blood pressure, contributes needed vitamins and has a high fiber content. The high fiber will keep your stomach feeling full while the rest of broccoli’s arsenal will keep you feeling healthy enough to really workout and lose weight.
Everyone out there will tell you that beef is horrible for diets and that it ruins everything you have worked for but the secret is that it’s not true. When you purchase locally raised, grass fed, organic beef you can actually enjoy this meaty treat without breaking the calorie bank. Grass fed beef does contain a pretty decent amount of fat in it, but it’s the good kind known as Omega-3 fatty acid.
Even with the fat that grass fed beef has, it still is much leaner compared to traditional beef that’s been purchased at a supermarket. For a seven-ounce skirt steak bought at the store there are 386 calories and 16 grams of fat.
Eggs are a perfect little package of protein and despite what the movies say, you don’t have to eat them raw to gain their benefits. One cooked egg has six grams of protein in it along with four different vitamin types, riboflavin, and folic acid.
While they do contain some fat, only a small amount of it is known as “bad” fat while the rest contributes to the things that get burned off during your workout. The protein fibers that your body collects after eating eggs get damaged more when weight lifting, meaning that they get even bigger and stronger when they heal.
Quinoa is a mix between rice and oats that is a complete protein source (like eggs). If you’re a vegetarian, this is a vital way to get all of your protein in without having to add other food groups. In addition to being a source of protein, quinoa is also a good carbohydrate for your body to burn off during a workout.
In these tiny little balls there’s manganese, iron, and magnesium which helps to keep your body balanced. All nine amino acids are also packed into this tiny package. What does that mean? The complete sets of amino acids are essential for protein synthesis next to the eight grams of protein to completely aid in muscle growth.
The body is made up of up to 70% of water and always needs replenishing. Muscles are active tissues in the body, and all active tissues need large amounts of water to keep them moving and exchanging the electrolytes that are absorbed from the water.
The electrolytes go on and stimulate the nerves that control your muscles. A good workout can’t happen without moving muscles. Some worry about retaining water weight from drinking too much water, but that’s not quite how it works.