Getting fit requires more than just working out. Nutrition is a key player in your body’s function and overall health and we want to share some of our favourite foods to help get you the nutrition you need while kicking your metabolism into high gear!
Sounds simple right? Unfortunately most grains sold at your local grocery store are not whole grains anymore. In the late 19th century manufactures began ‘refining’ grains by stripping away the bran and germ, giving them a longer shelf life and less nutritional value. Wheat, rice, oats, barley, corn, wild rice, rye, quinoa and buckwheat are just some of the whole grains you should be eating. Make sure to look for the word “whole grain” on the label and in the ingredient list! Small doses prevent body from storing fat and your body burns twice as many calories breaking down whole foods than processed foods.
Spinach and Leafy Greens
The American Council on Exercise refers to spinach as the “epitome” of health food. Incredibly low in calories and rich with vitamins and minerals, you can’t go wrong with leafy greens! Greens are the most vital secret to improving your health. Incorporating as many as you can, in a variety, is the best way to prevent disease and live a longer life. We recommend all types of greens and veggies, but it is the dark, leafy greens such as spinach or kale that hold the most fiber, iron and vitamins. Easy to incorporate into many meals, spinach, kale and the like can be tossed into a salad, smoothie or omelette (to name a few).
Do you like your food HOT? GOOD! Capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their kick, heats up your body, which melts additional calories. You can get capsaicin by eating raw, cooked, dried, or powdered peppers. All that heat you feel after eating hot chili peppers uses energy and therefore calories to produce. Beyond the calorie burning benefits, a little heat can help prevent stomach ulcers, battle free radicals, clear congestion and boost your immune system. Try adding cayenne or hot sauce to soups, eggs, and meats.