Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Many of them also contain high water content. You should make sure to stock up on these especially when trying to drop a few pounds. Good choices are apples, oranges, berries, pineapples, pears, avocados, grape fruit, bananas, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, celery, and carrots. If you get these in canned form make sure they are low in sodium and sugar.

Meats

Meats contain protein, B vitamins, iron, and minerals. Good examples are lean beef and burger patties, chicken breast, and white meat turkey. Cold cuts are great for sandwiches too and are low in saturated fats.

Fish

Fish are also a form of lean protein, but the best ones for you are those that contain omega-3 fatty acids, because its good for your heart. Get salmon, mackerel, or herring.

Beans

Beans are high in fiber, iron and B vitamins. Add chickpeas, black beans, white beans, lentils, lima beans, or peas to the list.

Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and amino acids that help release serotonin that enhances mood. They also help you feel full longer.

Dairy

Dairy products are full of protein, calcium, and potassium. Choosing the low fat versions of these are best if your trying to lose weight.  Grab milk, cheese (Parmesan is low fat), yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, or cottage cheese.

Seeds and Nuts

Nuts and seeds are packed with protein, fiber, monounsaturated fats, and iron.  They are the perfect snack that will keep you feeling full for longer. You should try sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, pecans, and almonds. Make sure they are unsalted.

Whole Grains

100% whole grains are high is B vitamins and a good source of fiber. Find 100% whole wheat bread, crackers, pasta, flour, oatmeal, and brown rice.

Snacks

Trail mix, pretzels, 100 calories snacks, snack bars, or popcorn are great options.

Beverages 

Water, 100% fruit Juice (make sure the juice doesn’t have any artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup in it), or iced tea.

 

When buying canned or boxed soups, and frozen dinners make sure to get the low sodium versions of them. Amy’s, healthy choice, and lean cuisine are great options.