Happy day after Thanksgiving. I’m writing to you about 55 pounds heavier than I was before this wretched holiday arrived. Shout out to the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans for this gloriuos day! Alright, alright. It’s not THAT bad, but every Friday after Thanksgiving, I avoid the Black Friday craze and instead, stare at my new belly roll in disbelief.
In honor of the new leaf I will turn over on Monday – the one for which i will morph into a person who eats healthy and exercises regularly, I bring to you five “superfoods” – that will help you shed some of those extra turkey L-B’s.
LUCKY NUMBER ONE:
BLUEBERRIES: The bloobs are only 80 calories per cup and are packed with fiber (4 grams to be exact). According to health.com, they help flatter your figure by filling you up, so instead of grabbing a handful of potato chips, grab a cuppa blueberries instead.
Fun Fact about Blueberries: “The annual harvest of North American blueberries would cover a four lane highway from Chicago to New York if spread out in a single layer.”
DEAR, SWEET NUMBER 2:
BROCCOLI: Thanks to Livestrong, I now know (and, you now know) that Broccoli is super duper high in fiber and low-cal. Broccoli is also overflowin’ with folic acid, antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. As a tool for weightloss, its really filling and is a great sub for starchier, high-cal sides, like, um…french fries.
Fun Fact about Broccoli: Cali produces almost all the broccoli sold in the US of A.
BUCKWHEAT PASTA: I once read in Glamour Magazine that Buckwheat is a good alternative to regular pasta. Since Buckwheat fills you up it’s hard to pig out on it, like you might on the standard stuff. Plus, it’s high in fiber and packet with lots of protein unlike other carbs, so it’s a great replacement when your body needs a pasta fix.
Fun Fact about Buckwheat: It’s not a wheat at all. Buckwheat is actually related to the rhubarb family.
LENTILS: According to Self, “lentils are a bona fide belly flattener”. When you eat them, you are preventing insulin spikes that cause you to generate excess fat, primarily in the AB-igails.
Fun Fact about Lentils: Apparently they were used as an aprhodisiac by ancient Egyptians. Hey girl, heeeeeey.
I LOVE YOU NUMBER FIVE:
YOGURT: Lots of studies have found that adding dairy as part of a low-cal diet, may give you an edge at achieving weight-loss. WebMD talks about a study that looked at obese adults which showed that the yogurt eaters in the group lost 81% more belly fat. Plus, yogurt is super-tasty and if you get an awesome flavor like Dannon Light and Fit “Strawberry Cheesecake” you feel like you’re eatin’ dessert.
Fun Fact about Yogurt: The name “Yogurt” comes from the Turkish word “yogurur” which means “long life”. Um, maybe instead of looking for the fountain of youth, we should just eat a lil’ yogi.
Alrighty, I’m off to cram all of these ingredients into a smoothie and get my skinny on. I’ll let you know how that works out.
(Blueberry Photo Credit: Chris Nixon on Flickr) (Broccoli Photo Credit: Rick Harris on Flickr) (Buckwheat Pasta Photo Credit: Ann@74 on Flickr) ( Lentils Photo Credit: acavoulacos on Flickr) (Yogurt Photo Credit: veer66 on Flickr) (disclaimers)