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Foods for Weight Loss

By Rachel Carver

Combining healthy food choices with intentional movement can help you drop the number on your scale. But eating healthy is not always easy. Life happens. Hectic schedules make prioritizing nutrition difficult.

However, some planning ahead can help. Stocking your kitchen with healthy foods can set you up for success. Sometimes, having to decide what to cook after a long day can seem daunting. The last thing you want to do is make another decision. But having healthy options within reach and ready to go might stop you from ordering a pizza.

Read on for some foods to always keep on hand while trying to lose weight.

Fruit Bars

You need healthy snack options for when hunger strikes. Some fruit bar brands focus on whole-food ingredients and can add some nutrition to your snack. Read labels. Choose a fruit bar with real fruit and no added sugar. This snack can keep you on track when you need something quick or are out of other options.

Canned Tuna

Most of us don't get the recommended two weekly servings of seafood. However, canned tuna gives you high amounts of Vitamin D, which is important for immune function. It also has lots of omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory fats important for heart and brain health. It also is filled with protein.

If you're not into sandwiches, mix them with some pasta and veggies. Canned tuna can also be added to salads.

Pulse-Based Pasta

Most pastas are made with flour and water. However, pulse-based pastas are usually made with lentils or chickpeas. These nutritious pasta alternatives are packed with protein and fiber. Add these noodles to some veggies and a sauce for a quick dinner.

Unsweetened Oats

Unsweetened oats can be used in many ways in the kitchen. Add raw oats to a salad, avocado toast, or to a variety of overnight recipes.

These oats give you iron, magnesium, zinc, and many other important nutrients. Raw oats provide you with a prebiotic fiber called resistant starch. Research suggests this starch may help with blood sugar control and weight management.

The Bottom Line

Proactively making a plan can keep you on track with your weight loss goals. It can also save you some stress because you won't have to face your kitchen without knowing what you're making.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

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