3 Foods to Consume After the Holidays
By Genevieve Cunningham
The holidays tend to bring plenty of food into our lives. There's something about those traditional holiday goodies that are just irresistible. And because this time of year brings nostalgia and warm memories that often include both family and food, we often indulge more than we should. For many of us, this means ending the season with a few extra pounds. And what does this mean? It means beginning the new year with a weight loss struggle. If you would like to indulge this season without triggering massive weight gain, take a look at these three foods to add to your menu as soon as the holidays are over for a jump start to losing the extra pounds and feeling healthy.
There's a reason why kale is considered a superfood. It's highly nutritious, as it contains plenty of fiber, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A. And yet kale is incredibly low calorie. You can eat a huge serving of kale without risk of exceeding your calorie count for the day. After the holidays, consuming kale is a great way to lower your daily caloric consumption, improve basic nutritional needs, and help your body clear out the digestive tract. Just add kale to a salad or bake them into crunchy chips to enjoy the benefits and the meal, too.
Now is a good time to improve your breakfast menu. Because breakfast sets the tone for the day, it's a good idea to make it as healthy as possible. Oatmeal is a great choice to help you do just that. Oatmeal is filling, which means you can eat your typical breakfast serving without experiencing hunger pains a few hours later. It also contains fiber, protein, and can help keep your bad cholesterol levels lower. Plan on starting every day with a cup of oatmeal, and you'll already be on your way to better health.
Eggs are a great source of protein as well as healthy fats. You can eat them for breakfast, or you can boil an egg and eat it for a snack later in the day. Those who consume higher amounts of protein while still keeping their overall calorie consumption low are more likely to get a jump start on weight loss. And the best part about eggs is that they are highly available, affordable, and easy to add to your diet.
The post-holiday drive to lose weight and get fit is real. We all want to feel our best, and after the hustle and bustle and constant rushing of the holiday season, we're ready to make it happen! If you need help, start adding these foods to your diet toward the end of the season. With a shift in diet and a slight change in your habits, you can feel good through the holiday season and long after.
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