Foods for a healthy diet

By the nutritionist experts at India Gate

When you want to lose weight, it seems like hunger is inevitable. However, being hungry during your diet may backfire into overeating, causing you to gain weight rather than lose. But don’t worry, because there are actually many low-in calories yet filling food options that you can incorporate into your diet. Besides making your stomach feel full for a longer time, these food options also contribute to your overall health and wellbeing, by supplying you with the necessary vitamins, fiber, minerals, iron and protein. This will lower the common risk of undernutrition while pursuing your diet goals and help you maintain a healthy lifestyle. With all these benefits it is not surprising that they are often referred to as ‘super food’.

The experts at India Gat suggest food that you should include in your meals when on a diet.

Chia Seeds
As most people know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Therefore, our first meal suggestion includes Chia seeds. Chia seeds are known to be an important mineral source for magnesium, copper and selenium. It also contains dietary fiber, which can help in lowering cholesterol, maintaining blood sugar level and last but not least lose weight more easily. In addition, it works well with special diets such as dairy free, gluten free and vegan diets. Suggested meals with Chia seeds are yoghurt bowls, puddings and salads. Besides, Chia seeds can be used as an egg replacer, making it suitable for hot dishes as well. It can be added to drinks, such as smoothies, juices or a simple glass of water. Adding chia to your meal, will ensure that your breakfast is healthy and filling. It is a very convenient addition to your diet plan since there are a number of different ways to use this super food in a meal or drink.

When it comes to lunch or dinner time, while on a diet, quinoa is your best friend. Consisting of 16% protein, quinoa is an excellent meat replacer. The protein composition is almost as high of that of meat and eggs making it a good alternative for people who avoid or do not eat meat. In addition, quinoa can be used as an alternation for pasta, rice and muesli as it is as easy to prepare and a much healthier substitute. Moreover, quinoa can be a good addition to your salads and soups, giving it a nutritional upgrade and making it more filling. This is because quinoa has a high absorption level when soaked in water, this attribute helps keep your stomach full for a longer period.  Besides being a good source of protein, this super food is a high source of fiber, minerals and energy, making it a favorable ingredient for fitness meal plans and a healthy lifestyle.

Flax seeds
For those with a sweet tooth, flax seeds comes as the ultimate savior. With its nutty flavor it can turn your basic yoghurt or oatmeal into a tasty dessert. Moreover, flax seeds are ideal for baking as well. You can bake the healthiest and yet tasty pancakes and muffins, make crackers for your in-between snack cravings and even make protein bars to incorporate in your workout plan. Finally, flax seeds stimulate the immune system, making it a perfect ingredient for a healthy daily diet.

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