The term superfoods refer to foods (mostly plant-based) that are thought to be nutritionally rich to provide a variety of health benefits. Superfoods are considered to be beneficial for overall health and wellbeing, and they can also aid in weight loss.
Since this is the time of the year when we usually make diet tweaks to get into perfect shape for summer, this article brings you various dinner recipes that contain superfoods to lose weight in a healthy manner.
1. Sweet potato and green bean salad with maple-mustard dressing
To make this super easy recipe you will need about 35 minutes or so. This sweet potato salad is the perfect meal for Meatless Monday. So, how this recipe can help you lose weight? Sweet potatoes are considered as a superfood, and they are rich in fiber. High levels of fiber are necessary for healthy digestion which is essential for weight loss.
Sweet potato can help you lose weight in a healthy manner as it provides the following benefits:
- Prevents Vitamin A deficiency
- Regulates blood sugar
- Reduces oxidative damage and risk for cancer.
This simple recipe can also include toasted walnuts and cranberries. It is a perfect dinner that will fill you up and help you lose weight at the same time.
2. Salmon with almond and asparagus
This recipe includes two superfoods: salmon and asparagus. If you haven’t eaten salmon for weight loss before, you should start doing so right now. Various studies have confirmed that fish and fish oil are one of the best tools for weight loss.
For example, the International Journal of Obesity study conducted by I. Thorsdottir of the University of Iceland showed that intake of fish and fish oil resulted in 1kg more in weight loss than following the diet that doesn’t include salmon (or any fatty fish).
On the other hand, high levels of fiber in asparagus can only improve your weight loss endeavor. This recipe is perfect for you; just top grilled salmon and asparagus with toasted almonds and garnish with garlic, lemon, and chili.
3. Grilled halibut with kale pistachio pesto
You’ve already read about the benefits of fish for weight loss. Even though grilled halibut provides weight loss benefits, much-needed Omega 3 fatty acids and B vitamins, the superfoods hero from this recipe is the pesto sauce. The reason is simple; the sauce is made of basil, garlic, kale, pistachios, lemon, olive oil all of which are anti-inflammatory foods beneficial for your health and don’t cause weight gain which means you can enjoy a lovely and delicious dinner that isn’t fattening.
The sauce is rich in antioxidants which also aids in weight loss. For instance, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study conducted by Gow-Chin Yen of the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan proved that antioxidants don’t kill fat cells, but they reduce production of triglycerides which contribute to weight gain.
4. Orange, avocado and arugula salad
You can prepare this salad in 10 minutes or less, and it’s incredibly delicious and filling while supplying your body with a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and many other nutrients. This is a unique combination of orange, avocado, pomegranate, mint, basil, and arugula. Due to the fact this salad is filling it will suppress your appetite and banish cravings; which means there won’t be late night snacks that ruin your diet and weight loss regime.
5. Harvest skillet popped lentils
Lentils are one of the most underrated superfoods, but they are incredibly beneficial for your wellbeing and overall healthy lifestyle. Lentils are high in fiber and protein thus improving your digestion, protecting cardiovascular health and offering a wide array of other health benefits.
For this recipe, you have to roast lentils in a pan until crispy and combine them with butternut squash, green apples, sweet potato, and season with cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and apple cider vinegar.
6. Chickpeas and dandelion greens
Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and dietary fiber which are two nutrients that help with weight management. Each cup of chickpeas offers 15 grams of protein and 13 grams of dietary fiber which is half of daily value. This salad represents a patient, yet simple dinner option with less than 8 ingredients.
To lose weight you have to eat properly which means you should include more superfoods into your diet. Superfoods don’t only improve your overall health; they also help you lose weight effectively and in a healthy manner.
Recipes from this article are easy to make, they aid in weight loss, and they’re rich in proteins and fiber which help you lose weight. Plus, the above-mentioned recipes are quite filling, and they will prevent you from indulging in late-night snacks.
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