There is so much more to being healthy than being skinny and it starts with your diet and exercise. For too long too many people have confused dieting with eating less, rather than eating right. The reality is that if you eat right, then you can eat to your heart's content (Literally - eat these foods and your heart will thank you). Here are six foods you need to add to your diet on a regular basis.
All berries are good for you, but the bluer the berry the better it is for you. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of all of our commonly consumed fruit. They also pack a punch delivering 3.6 grams of fiber per cup. A few handfuls of blueberries will keep you happy and full all day.
Quinoa is one of the leading super foods for a reason. This South American wonder grain, packs both fiber (2.6 grams per 1/2 cup) and protein, which is a stellar nutrient combo that will keep you satisfied for hours. Great alone, quinoa is best served as a substitute to pasta or rice.
3. Pomegranate Seeds
You've had the juice, but it's time the seeds get a little recognition. In addition to being loaded with folic acids and those wonderful disease-fighting antioxidants, pomegranate seeds are also low in calories and high in fiber, so they satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Enjoy!
4. Goji Berries
Snack on a few of these tart berries to naturally curb your hunger. The reason why, these super berries have an edge over other fruit? 18 amino acids, which make them a surprising source of protein. The calorie cost of an afternoon snack? Only 35 per tablespoon.
Eggs are a great source of muscle building protein. If you eat them in moderation, they won't add to your cholesterol and can help you trim inches off your waist, so dig in. Whether its omelets, scrambled or frittatas, eggs are a great way to start your morning.
Yeah they have a really fishy smell and some find them gross, but these tiny fish are the unsung stars of the sea. High in protein and loaded with omega-3s, is a great combination that helps you keep muscle and reduce unwanted fat. Here's a helpful hint if you still can't get over that flavor and smell: Soak them in milk for an hour, which surprisingly gets rid of that fishy taste.