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How about another round of power foods to help you with your health and fitness journey? That’s right, five more foods that you may not be eating could make a difference and assist you in weight loss.

Quinoa

Quinoa is a seed from a flowering plant. Often people label quinoa a “whole grain” or a “super grain.”  This product is full of fiber, protein, and many micronutrients that aid in the fight against obesity. Quinoa can easily be a substitute for rice or oats in meals. Do not limit the use of quinoa to dinner. It is easy to use in lunches and breakfast also.

Greek Yogurt

Move a bit further down the aisle in the yogurt section and reach for the Greek yogurt. This choice is a superfood protein dynamo packed with great gut beneficial probiotics.  Use Greek yogurt in your breakfast, as part of your lunch, as a snack, use it within smoothies, utilize it in desserts. The options are endless. The benefits alone should convince you!

Pistachios

How often do you have pistachios? According to research, they are a monounsaturated fat-filled superstar that can help lose weight and inches. Use pistachios in your dishes by grinding them in your food processor and mixing them into your Greek yogurt or as a dry rub ingredient to your poultry. Add them into your oatmeal or salads. Be creative with how you use them.

Parsley

Parsley is underused in cooking. Often parsley is considered a garnish, but it is so much more. This herb is packed with antioxidants named quercetin that decrease fat-cell formation. Parsley is only 22 calories a cup and is full of flavor. Use parsley in cooking by including that in a food processor with pistachios and create crust rubs. You can also add it to salads or pasta. Don’t neglect the parsley.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb seems to be something of the past, but it is a high metabolism booster in potassium. Rhubarb also helps with bloating. Often it is called a fruit because people have used it in pies, but it is a vegetable.  It does have a sour, fruity taste. Some people make rhubarb compote, rhubarb tarts, or sauces. Find a rhubarb stalk and try it soon.

 

Mixing in these foods can expand your menus! Why not try something you have not had?

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