Many of us can recall childhood nightmares about eating our veggies. How many children sit at the dining room table hours after the plates have been cleared, poking at peas and prodding at broccoli florets? Now that you are calling the shots at the dinner table, chances are you won’t make yourself sit there ‘til late for not eating your vegetables. In fact, a lot of adults are guilty of not even putting veggies on the table every night!
Vegetables are a huge component of a healthy weight loss diet, and you may be missing out on some much needed nutrients if you aren’t eating your greens every day. Veggies pack in maximum nutritional value with small amounts of calories, making them one of the most important components of any medical weight loss diet.
The Best Veggies for Weight Loss
When it comes to eating a healthy diet, you are usually safe eating your favorite vegetable time and time again, even if it is not on this list of healthy weight loss items. Developing a healthier lifestyle starts with simple changes. Adding more green (and red) to your plate is a great place to start.
Here are some of the best vegetables for weight loss:
- Asparagus: Asparagus has the perfect trifecta of attributes for your weight loss diet: rich in nutrients, high in fiber, low in calories. Its nutritional value will keep you healthy, fewer calories will help you lose weight and fiber will help you to stay full longer between meals and stabilize your blood sugar, helping you to eat less as the day goes on. Fiber also aids in digestion.
- Artichokes: Much like asparagus, artichokes are naturally low in calories but loaded with nutrients and fiber. Artichokes are particularly known for their ability to improve liver and gallbladder health.
- Beets: Whether you try beets in juice form or as a side dish on your dinner plate, this veggie can be a great addition to a weight loss diet. Beets contain betaine, which enhances your body’s ability to metabolize fat cells.
- Cayenne Peppers: Cayenne peppers, much like other spicy peppers, are able to stimulate the production of certain enzymes that inhibit fat formation. You can purchase cayenne peppers and incorporate them into your dinner dish, or use cayenne spices for the same taste. Though the fresh vegetable is going to provide more health benefits than the spice, it is still a healthy place to start.
Once you start eating more vegetables, you may find that you actually enjoy the rich tastes and variety of textures that fresh veggies offer. Let us know in the comments below what your favorite vegetables are!