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Top 10 Superfoods List

Best DietsYou’ve probably heard of “superfoods,” but did you know that many of these exceptional foods are extremely nutrient-rich and low in calories? In fact, superfoods for weight loss pack protein, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals into filling, delicious foods that will satisfy cravings and help you shed pounds. But what exactly are super foods, and how can you best incorporate them into your diet to get the biggest health and weight loss benefit?

List of superfoods you can find locally

Unless you are located in an urban or ultra health-conscious area, a lot of today’s most popular superfoods are available online only. But there are actually many foods you can find on the shelves of any grocery store. Here is a superfoods list for beginners:

  1. Eggs: Nutrient-rich eggs pack a serious one-two punch of protein and health. Each has 6 grams of protein and only 72 calories, as well as 12 vitamins and minerals. Additionally, research has now shown that eggs for breakfast won’t necessarily increase your cholesterol.
  2. Greek yogurt: Rich and creamy Greek yogurt has twice the protein of regular yogurt, helping you stay full for longer. Of course, it naturally has all the beneficial properties of regular yogurt and milk, including vitamin D, good bacteria for your gut, and heart-healthy plant stanols.
  3. Salmon: Fish is an excellent source of protein, and salmon adds heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids to the list of benefits. It’s also low in calories, with about 200 for every three ounces of fish, and packs a lot of filling protein.
  4. Broccoli: Crunchy broccoli offers vitamin K, vitamin A (beta-carotine), vitamin C, and fiber into a low-calorie, delicious snack or side dish. Broccoli sprouts are an even better choice with 10 times the glucoraphanin (a cancer-preventing compound) than regular broccoli.
  5. Nuts: Nuts have a reputation for being high in fats and therefore off-limits to dieters, but the truth is that they are one of your best choices for a healthy snack. Packed with protein and healthy fats, your best choices are Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios and peanut butter.
  6. Flaxseed: A great additive to smoothies, salads, and anything else that strikes your fancy, flaxseeds are packed with plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, as well as cancer-fighting lignans.
  7. Sweet potatoes: Not only are sweet potatoes a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and calcium, but they can counteract the effects of sodium and bone loss.
  8. Berries: Take your pick of raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or cranberries – they’re all rich in antioxidants and phytonutrient, and low in calories. If you have to pick just one, go for blueberries, the leader of the berry pack.
  9. Beans: The insoluble fibers in beans are great for heart health and lowering cholesterol. They’re low fat, high in protein, and full of magnesium and potassium. They’re also very inexpensive, making them one of the most accessible choices on our list.
  10. Turkey breast: We often associate turkey with the holidays, but this lean protein should be enjoyed year-round. In just one 3-ounce serving, you’ll nab an impressive 20 grams of protein and just 90 calories.

How to leverage top 10 super foods for weight loss

The best way to lose weight is to eat in moderation. Severely restricting calories can be detrimental to weight loss, as can calorie-loading on any food, even if it makes the list of superfoods. Try to incorporate a superfood at least once per day, such as eggs for breakfast or a handful of nuts for a snack. And if you can, cook a superfood meal a few times per week. Turkey breast, a baked sweet potato and steamed broccoli make a delicious, low calorie, nutritious meal. You can even top it off with Greek yogurt sprinkled with berries and flaxseed!

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