You’re probably thinking that the last thing you need to be doing when trying to loose weight is eat more, but by eating more of the right foods could actually be the answer to you loosing the excess fat you’ve been trying so hard to get rid of! Remember, it’s not about eating less, but rather about eating RIGHT!

 

Here are 5 foods you should be including into your diet & why:

 

  • Quinoa

 

Quinoa is extremely high in protein & includes all essential amino acids. It also contains iron, Vitamin B, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, Vitamin E and fiber. What’s more? It’s also naturally gluten-free and perfect for people with gluten intolerance!

 

I like to enjoy quinoa mixed with tabbouleh as a salad. Add some finely chopped green onion, parsley and tomato along with some freshly squeezed lemon juice for the perfect salad. My favorite is to enjoy this with a lightly spiced grilled chicken breast.

 

A simple, easy & time-savvy meal… You can thank me later!

 

  • Kale

 

Every health shop and smoothie-making restaurant has added kale to their menu and either I just didn’t notice it before or it’s come in with a serious bang! I’ve even started using it in my homemade smoothies, and here’s why…

 

Kale is proven to be one of the most nutritious plant foods in existence. (Why did I not know this before?!) It’s very high in nutrients & very low in calories. Many powerful antioxidants are also found in kale.

 

Get this… A single cup of raw kale contains:

  • Vitamin A: 206% of RDA (recommended daily allowance)
  • Vitamin K: 684% of RDA
  • Vitamin C: 134% of RDA
  • Vitamin B6: 9% of RDA
  • Manganese: 26% of RDA
  • Calcium: 9% of RDA
  • Copper: 10% of RDA
  • Potassium: 9% of RDA
  • Magnesium: 6% of RDA

 

It’s perfect & in my opinion it’s the new king of greens!

 

  • Grapefruit

 

3 words: Natural fat burner.

 

Yip, this low sugar calorie fruit helps burn fat! Researches have said that a daily intake of grapefruit can help lower waist circumference, blood pressure & cholesterol numbers, making it one of the best fruits to lay your hands on.

 

Grapefruit actually lowers insulin levels in the body and this slightly decreased insulin level prevents the body from storing as much sugar as fat. Lower insulin levels = a curbed appetite.

Another amazing thing about grapefruit is that it’s one of the “negative calorie” foods – meaning that it actually takes more energy (calories) to digest than what exists in the fruit. Winning!

 

  • Hemp seeds

 

Despite their relation to marijuana, hemp seeds contain virtually no trace of the psychoactive ingredient in their controversial cousin!

It may be a challenge finding these gems though, as many places around the world are very iffy about bringing them in.

Your best bet is to order online. Trust me you won’t regret the effort! You can add these to almost anything: salads (delicious in a chicken & mango salad), soups, smoothies, pesto, etc.

 

The seeds are high in protein, contain all essential amino acids, are a great source of omega 3 & 6 and are also high in magnesium and potassium.

 

Here’s a reliable link to order from: gnc.com

 

  • Maca

 

You’ll usually find this in the form of a power. Grown in the mountain of Peru, Maca powder (sometimes know as “Peruvian ginseng”) is often used by athletes for improving performance, increasing stamina & athletic endurance. It also helps build muscle (Bonus!)

 

But athletes are not the only ones who benefit from this magic powder. It’s also a must have for general health & wellbeing…

 

Benefits include:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Increasing libido
  • Increases sexual function
  • Increases fertility
  • Balances hormones
  • Reduces depression, anxiety & stress
  • Relieves symptoms of menopause
  • Supports mental clarity & focus
  • Improves circulation, hair growth & skin tone
  • Helps build muscle

 

Maca powder is great to add to smoothies, protein shakes, anything baked and my favorite is to make Raw Maca Balls (Recipe to follow soon!)

 

Important to note: Recommended dosage is 1 tablespoon per day, although in my opinion 1 teaspoon would be good enough to reap all the benefits. Anything more could actually throw out your hormonal balance.

 

Maca powder for the win! Ladies & gents – it’s the least you can do for yourself (and your partner)!

 

Conclusion:

Weather you’re a long time healthy eater or are just starting your journey – including these foods into your diet will benefit you!

 

It’s common sense that in order to improve your health you need to eat better. Start by introducing these foods into your diet and slowly but surely you’ll build up to only eating plates & plates of goodness!

 

It’s proven that people are far more motivated to stick to an eating plan rather than just deciding what to eat moments before it’s meal time (this is when unhealthy take out places come into play & ruin all the hard work you’ve done). If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

 

For a personalized eating plans please email me: amy@ajf.fitness

 

Hugs & Healthy Regards,

Amy