1. Nuts and Nut Butters
Nuts are excellent sources of MUFAs and other good fats, and pack a little protein, too. A small handful can make a great snack, and nut butter can make a great dip for veggies and fruit. Try making your own nut butters, use nuts to make healthy chocolate pudding, or put it in a smoothie for an extra fat-burning punch! Some of our favorites include: Thrive Market Creamy Organic Almond Butter or Justin’s Hazelnut Butter.
These fruits are MUFA and Omega-3 powerhouses! Try homemade guacamole for a quick snack, or use it to make salad dressings, burgers, soups, and more!
Eggs have the perfect balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. What’s even better, is they cook in minutes and are perfect for adding in a big serving or two of your favourite veggies! Try this avocado egg salad or this fat-burning breakfast.
Studies show that eating half a grapefruit before your breakfast can help you lose weight faster. While the mechanism is still unknown the proof is evident. Try it as a juice or in this metabolism-boosting ceviche and make sure to check with your doctor first if you are on any medications (9, 10)
5. Canned Salmon
It’s fast, packed with Omega-3s and MUFAs, and can be used in place of mercury-containing tuna in pretty much everything. Always look for organic, wild-caught salmon. Follow those same rules if you are buying Tuna, and be sure to buy skipjack for the lowest levels of mercury. (12)Try these cucumber cups for a quick snack or even just toss it on top of a salad and go!
6. Frozen Fruit
Convenience at it’s best — frozen fruit can be a cool, refreshing snack on a hot summer day, tossed into smoothies, or even used to make healthy, homemade frozen yogurt. YUM.
7. Chia Seeds
These little seeds (and other super seeds) are fat-burning miracle workers! They’re full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats to boost your metabolism and keep you going all day long. Sprinkle them on yogurt, smoothies, salads, and soups, grind them up to thicken sauces, or try this chia seed pudding for an easy mid-week breakfast.
8. Frozen Vegetables
Frozen vegetables are a great substitute for fresh veggies when you’re on a time crunch, and often flash frozen veggies actually have a higher nutrient level then some produce that has been sitting on a shelf for too long (11). Stop skimping on your veggie intake and scramble them with eggs, toss them in a stir-fry, or blend them in a smoothie. Be sure to choose organic or freeze your own.
This super spice helps fight disease and unwanted weight gain! Try this lemon-ginger-avocado smoothie, or other fat-blasting spices to include are cinnamon, garlic, black pepper,cayenne pepper, turmeric, and parsley.
10. Greek Yogurt
Full of protein and healthy fats to keep you full for a long time, plain greek yogurt is easy to add in as a snack or simple breakfast. Have it plain topped with frozen fruit, use in place of mayo or sour cream, and try this 5-minute healthy cheesecake,
That’s right! This vegetable is so incredibly versatile, it makes eating healthy easy and fast. Try it as a substitute for mashed potatoes, rice, or pizza crust for quick mid-week meals.
Losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated! Prepare as much as you can, and keep these ingredients in your kitchen at all times to burn fat with every bite.