Eating a balanced diet in today’s landscape can be hard when we are surrounded by fast food! You’ve got to maximize the good foods if you want to boost your health and lose weight and some of the healthiest food in the world is available at your local grocery. In fact, they may be foods you already have in your fridge or cupboard!

Give your health a boost with these stellar superfoods!

Coconut oil

One study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate coconut oil lost overall weight and belly fat faster! Unlike the long-chain fatty acids in most oils, coconut oil is broken down immediately for use rather than stored and has been found to speed up the metabolism due to the coconut’s medium-chain triglycerides. In basic terms, our body has trouble storing the calories in coconut oil so it boosts our metabolism to burn them instead.

Cinnamon 

Upgrade your nutrition intake by simply adding a heaped teaspoon into your Lady Shake to reap the benefits of this powerhouse! Not only is it delicious but it contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols proven to improve insulin sensitivity and, in turn, our body’s ability to store fat and manage hunger cues!

A series of studies printed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that it may help stabilize blood sugar and ward off insulin spikes.

Eggs

Eggs are of the best dietary sources of the B vitamin choline! Choline deficiency is linked directly to the genes that cause the accumulation of belly fat. At only 70 calories, a boiled egg makes a delicious, easy snack and its high protein makes for an easier time losing weight due to their satiety value.

Flax and Chia Seeds

Sprinkling these two seeds which contain the most highly concentrated sources of omega-3s in the food world into smoothies, salads etc is a super easy diet upgrade!  A recent study suggests a chia-rich diet can lower harmful LDL cholesterol and protect the heart, and a recent study in the journal Hypertension found that daily consumption of flaxseed-fortified bakery products reduced blood pressure in patients with peripheral artery disease

Hummus

A recent study published in the journal Obesity found people who ate a single serving a day of chickpeas (the basis of hummus) reported feeling 31% fuller than those who didn’t. Packed with fibre and protein, hummus is an easy, filling snack! Avoid varieties made with tahini and opt for an olive-oil based option to reap the benefits!

Apples

A recent study found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fibre eaten per day, visceral fat (dangerous belly fat) was reduced by 3.7% over five years. Apples have only 100 calories and 4.5g of fibre per fruit making it a great snack if you’re looking to slim down. But don’t peel your apple! Why? A study conducted at the University of Western Australia found that the blushing varieties eg. Pink Ladies, had the highest level of antioxidant phenols, most of which are found in the skin.

Lettuce 

Move over Kale! This superfood recently came in 15th in a new comparative superfood study conducted by William Paterson University. So make yourself a bowl of leafy greens and be sure to add some olive oil. As little as 3 grams of monounsaturated fat can help the body absorb vegetables’ carotenoids which protect you from chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Avocado

In a study published in Nutrition Journal, participants who ate half a fresh avocado reported a 40% decreased desire to eat for hours afterwards. At only 60 calories, a 2 Tablespoon serving of guacamole to your main meal can decrease hunger, add flavour and a range of health benefits. If you are buying store-bought guacamole make sure it is made from real guac without all the additives or better yet, make your own!