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5 Healthy Foods That Crush Cravings
One of the most difficult parts of dieting is missing out on your favorite foods. When you’re used to chowing down on processed, fattening foods, it can be hard to cut back. To make matters worse, you only crave those foods more the longer you’ve been without them, making your diet difficult to maintain. Fortunately, there are diet friendly foods that can help stomp out those cravings. Take a bite out of one of these snacks the next time you’re feeling tempted to break your diet. You may be surprised to find that they’re just as tasty and satisfying as the treats that are tempting you. Dark Chocolate Chocolate isn’t always bad. Look for dark chocolate with over 65% cacao to cull your sugar cravings. Low in sugar and high in magnesium and antioxidants, dark chocolate can be part of your regular diet routine when consumed in moderation. Peanut Butter Many dieters avoid peanut butter because of its high calorie concentration. But there is real nutrition behind those calories. A sizeable portion of protein, vitamins, and minerals are packed in just a few tablespoons of peanut butter. Choose peanut butter with no hydrogenated oil and low sugar for the healthiest option. Edamame Craving something savory? Frozen edamame with sea salt is a great low-cal replacement for junky snack foods. Try adding your own seasonings to personalize the taste. Nuts Another snack often avoided for its calorie density, nuts are actually a perfect choice for dieters. They’re high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein. Raw nuts will be highest in healthy nutrients. Plain Yogurt With Fresh Fruit For a cool, refreshing treat, whip together plain yogurt with fresh fruit. Combining fruits with a higher sugar content like pineapple with fresh berries can be a good compromise for your sweet tooth. images: edamame: http://goo.gl/gt23WY peanut butter: http://goo.gl/SGz8Oh chocolate: http://goo.gl/fbf30n
Beat it for your heart
PERFORMER FOODS TO PROTECT YOUR HEART Ahlaam Ali, lifestyle and nutrition consultant at Powereat, lists heart-healthy foods 1. Salmon: High in omega 3 fatty acids, you can grill the pink fish with a yummy marinade or use a chunk for a pasta or salad dish. 2. Ground flaxseed: Hide ground flaxseed in yoghurt parfaits, morning cereal, homemade muffins or cookies. 3. Oatmeal: For a hearty treat, bake a batch of oatmeal and raisin cookies. Hot oatmeal porridge topped with fresh berries for breakfast will give you a good dose of omega 3 fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, folate, niacin, calcium and soluble fibre. 4. Black or kidney beans: Give soup or salad a nutrient boost by stirring in the beans, which are high in B-complex vitamins. 5. Almonds: The nuts contain vitamin E, magnesium and fibre. Mix them in low fat yoghurt, trail mix or fruit salads for snacks during the day. 6. Walnuts: Add a flavourful and nutrient-full crunch to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins and even pancakes. 7. Tuna: A good lunch option is salad greens, fresh fruit and a can of tuna. Keep some “salad spritzer” — any light dressing — handy. 8. Tofu: Thinly slice firm tofu, marinate for several hours and grill or stir fry for a meal full of potassium, magnesium and calcium. 9. Brown Rice: Microwavable brown rice is a quick and easy lunch option when coupled with some stir fried colourful vegetables. 10. Soya milk: Kick-start a long day with a soya milk smoothie or use it for your oatmeal porridge. 11. Blueberries: Beta carotene, vitamin C and calcium rich blueberries are good for trail mixes, muffins and salads. 12. Carrots: We love this alpha carotene and fibre-rich vegetable just as much as Bugs Bunny does. Sneak shredded carrots into spaghetti sauce or muffin batter. 13. Spinach: No wonder Popeye was strong — spinach is rich in magnesium and lutein, which makes for a healthy heart. 14. Broccoli: Chop the great beta carotene source into store-bought soup or dip the steamed vegetable in hummus for a light snack. 15. Sweet Potato: Microwave some sweet potato in a ziplock bag for lunch. Eat au natural or with pineapple bits. 16. Red bell peppers: Rub with olive oil and grill or oven-roast until tender — these are delicious in wraps, salads, sandwiches and rich in beta-carotene and B-complex vitamins. 17. Asparagus: Grill or steam slightly, then dress with olive oil and lemon. It’s a pretty fibre-rich side dish. 18. Oranges: Got orange juice? Check out the new nutrient-packed blends for a dose of Vitamin C. 19. Tomatoes: For a flavoursome twist, try oil-packed tomatoes in sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas. 20. Acorn squash: Baked squash is comfort food on a chilly day. Serve with sautéed spinach, pine nuts and raisins. 21. Cantaloupe: A fragrant ripe cantaloupe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, potluck dinners. Simply cut and enjoy. 22. Papaya: Serve papaya salsa with salmon: Mix papaya, pineapple, scallions, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt and black pepper. 23. Dark chocolate: A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70 per cent or higher cocoa content. 24. Tea: Make sun tea. Combine a clear glass jar, several tea bags, and hours of sunshine.