While waist training, it’s important to not only be mindful of how much you’re eating, but to be mindful of what you’re eating as well. We know that we should be eating our vegetables, but that’s not all!
Here is a list of foods that you should be noshing on to help boost your waist training results.
This whole grain is a great substitute for pasta, helping eliminate the dreaded carb bloat that pasta can cause. Quinoa also has a lot of health benefits. According to MindBodyGreen, quinoa has almost twice as much fiber as other grains. It is also rich in magnesium, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and manganese, which promote healthy blood glucose control, improve energy metabolism, and act as an antioxidants, respectively.
Almonds make a great snack or salad topping. They help satisfy your craving for an added crunch, and provide a lot of health benefits. Almonds are chalk full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. All of these allow almonds to help support a healthy heart, strong bones, and weight maintenance. Livestrong tells us that The American Heart Association recommends incorporating four servings of nuts into your diet weekly to reap their benefits.
Berries are a great guilt free sweet treat to keep around. They help satisfy your sweet tooth without all of the added sweeteners of other treats. They’re also packed with antioxidants and are very versatile; you can eat them alone or include them in your breakfast, salad, or even work them into a savory dish. Try to get fresh berries instead canned or frozen berries to avoid the sugary syrup that they are sometimes processed with.
This superfood has recently taken the world by storm, and there’s no question why. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, B6, and K (which has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with tummy bloat) as well as antioxidants and according to Authority Nutrition, has numerous cancer fighting substances like sulforaphane. Kale can be easily incorporated into salads, snacks (kale chips anyone?), and other meals.
These glorious little seeds have also been getting their fair share of attention, and for good reason! Chia seeds are packed with fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. The Huffington Post also shares that they’re proven to improve heart health and contain tryptophan which aids your body in appetite control. Chia seeds can also absorb over 20 times their weight in water, forming a hydrogel capsule, which helps keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Because of their large absorbance capacity though, it is important that you don’t eat large mouthfuls of chia seeds at a time as they can potentially form hydrogel capsules in your throat and esophagus as you swallow them. Instead, try sprinkling them into your smoothies, salads, or over your morning oatmeal.
Add some spice!
Eating spicy foods, such as dishes containing hot peppers or spices derived from hot peppers, has been proven to boost your metabolism by up to 25%, and according to health coach Dr. Lori Shemek, the calorie burning boost can last up to three hours after eating and can help you feel fuller longer.
Now head on over to the grocery store to pick up some of these goodies and check out new recipes on Pinterest to incorporate them into your everyday eating habits!
By: Kayla Hawick