January typically marks the beginning of the gym season, as millions of new gym members nationwide embark on their fitness journeys to hopefully lose the weight that they amassed over the holiday season. According to the USA Today, 12% of all new gym memberships occur during the month of January. Fad diets also increase at the start of the New Year to take advantage of this well-known consumer trend. However, fad diets are counterproductive and though some of them can produce fast weight loss, they are hardly sustainable. Many of these diets are unhealthy and dangerous to the human body. That’s where we come in. We are here to provide you with some quick, healthy food options that are good for you and good for trimming the fat off of your holiday belly.
1. Spinach. Spinach isn’t just good for Popeye. While it will not give you super strength and bulging biceps like the aforementioned hero, spinach is still one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Its carbohydrates to fiber ratio is nearly 1:1, which makes it great as a diuretic. It essentially pushes out the excess garbage that’s stored up in your body. A single serving (1 cup) of spinach proves over half of your daily recommended allotment of Vitamin A at only seven (7) calories per serving.
2. Oats. One of grandma’s favorite, the oat is another superfood that will have you fit and trim. It’s high in fiber, a single cup has nearly 70% of a person’s daily allotment. It’s also high in protein, magnesium, and iron. It’s just perfect way to start the day
3. Kale. If you have to pick one leafy green vegetable in your diet, you should choose this superfood. Kale has more vitamin C than an orange, over 100% of a daily allotment of Vitamin A, and nearly as much potassium as a banana. It’s relatively low in calories, low in fat, low in carbs, and provides a significant amount of protein for a leafy vegetable.
4. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes have nearly 4 times the daily allotment of Vitamin A. They are relatively low in calories, are packed full of flavonoids, and high in potassium.
5. Chia Seeds. Chia seeds are a power packed dynamo. These small superfoods are a fiber powerhouse. One ounce of chia seeds has 40% of the body’s daily allotment of fiber, 9% of its protein, 23% of its magnesium, 12% of its iron and 17% of its calcium.
6. Our 14 Day and 28 Day Organic Teatox. These fantastic tea blends by Fit Life Global use the highest quality ingredients and contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They have been specially designed to promote your overall health and well-being, to aid in weight loss and boost exercise endurance, to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and to aid in indigestion, intestinal gas, heavy menstruation, and bowel movement.
7. Acai. According to Mercola’s Foodfacts website, this South American berry has the highest level of antioxidants, are low in sugar, and contain anthocyanin compounds and flavonoids (which work together to fight off free radicals in the body), significant levels of beneficial fatty acids, like oleic acid (also found in olive oil), and provide healthy levels of dietary fiber.
8. Quinoa. Often called the supergrain, quinoa is actually a pseudograin. Quinoa provides significant levels of fourteen (14) major essential vitamins and minerals. It’s made up of mostly complex carbohydrates so it has a very low glycemic index (GI) value. All of that and it also provides 16% of your daily allotment in protein, 21% of your fiber, and a single serving (3/4 cup) only has 222 calories.
9. Shiitake Mushrooms. According to WHfoods.com, Shiitake mushroom have been used medicinally throughout Asia for thousands of years. They have significant levels of the B vitamins, and a good source of other essential minerals and vitamins, such as copper, zinc, selenium, and vitamin D.
10. Pomegranate. Pomegranate has a long history as one of the world’s first superfoods. Some scholars allude to it as being the forbidden fruit that Eve ate of in the garden of Eden. It was also alluded to in the stories of ancient Greek mythology, involving the daughter of Demeter, Persephone, whose beauty so captivated the God Hades that he rose from the underworld and kidnapped Persephone to be his wife. Pomegranate has high levels of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, and is a very good source of essential vitamins and minerals. It is also low in carbohydrates and in calories. (A half cup of pomegranate juice is only 72 calories.)
Add these ten (10) superfoods to your diet and you will feel great on the inside and out! Here are a few recipes to get you started on your healthy eating journey: