Eat your vegetables they are good for you. How often have you heard that? I bet ever since you were a child, and I bet you’re now telling your children the same. We all know that vegetables are good for us, it’s been drilled into us our entire lives.
But when you’re trying to lose weight you want to minimize the calories as much as you can. Now all veg are good for you and provides their own source of nutrients that benefits your health in some way or the other. So you should never consider cutting any of them out before speaking to your doctor.
But if you’re trying to cut back on calories, maybe you could eat more of the non starchyveg as appose to the starchy veg. Vegetables come in two categories and the non starchy has less calories.
Taken from livestrong.com here are some nonstarchy veg that you can include in your diet to aid your weight loss
6 Nonstarchy Vegetables To Help You Lose Weight
You can enjoy broccoli in a couple of different ways while losing weight. Blanch it, chill it and have it with a fat-free dressing as an afternoon snack, or steam it in the microwave and include it as part of your entree. Not only is broccoli low in calories, 25 calories per 1/2-cup cooked portion, but it also contains lutein and zeaxanthin. You need these carotenoids to keep your eyes healthy and prevent age-related eye problems.
Spinach is one of several nonstarchy vegetables you can include in your diet, without feeling guilty. A 1-cup serving of raw spinach leaves provides approximately 10 calories and 0.7 grams of fiber. You need plenty of fiber in your weight loss plan, since it takes awhile to pass through your digestive tract, keeping you feeling full for hours. Make sure you consume 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories in your diet, advises the Linus Pauling Institute.
Eggplant is a rich and hearty vegetable that will leave you satisfied after every meal. A 3 1/2-ounce portion of grilled eggplant has about 35 calories and 2.5 grams of fiber. Eggplant is also naturally rich in folate, a B vitamin that aids in absorbing and metabolizing protein from the foods you eat.
Salad greens, like romaine, iceberg and Boston lettuce, are considered “free foods,” the American Dietetic Association explains. Free foods are highly beneficial for your diet plan, because they offer less than 20 calories and fewer than 5 grams of carbs per 1 cup serving.
Tomatoes are a delicious guilt-free addition to your salad, sandwich or grilled kebob. Each 1 cup-portion of cherry tomatoes has around 25 calories, 2 grams of protein and nearly 2 grams of fiber. Additionally, tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a carotenoid that is beneficial for cancer prevention, says the Linus Pauling Institute.
Snacking on baby carrots in the middle of the afternoon can help curb your appetite until dinner. Enjoying 1 cup of baby carrots provides a minimal 25 calories and 2 g of protein. They are also a quick way to add 2.5 grams of fiber into your diet. An additional benefit of carrots to your weight loss regimen: they’re rich in beta-carotene, another carotenoid that keeps your eyes working their best. See the entire list here.
So don’t stop eating your vegetables, they’re beneficial in more ways than one, not just for weight loss.
Lately I’ve been eating a lot of spinach, I can’t get enough of the stuff. Only yesterday I added half a bag of it to my chicken pasta dish, it’s so easy and versatile and can be added to most meals. Eat it raw in a salad or throw a couple of handful into your cooked meals it’s that simple.
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