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These two are the perfect example of something healthy you actually want to eat. Think about it: A burritos is basically a salad with some cheese and salsa. It has lettuce, beans and avocado (which may very well be the best thing ever). You can add chicken or steak for more flavor and they are grilled. If you want rice, order brown. It’s much better than white because it has lots of magnesium, fiber and antioxidants.
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Why go for sugar cocktails when you can have a Bloody Mary? It’s technically very nutritious. It has tomatoes, which are loaded with Lycopene, an antioxidant the protect cells from mutating into cancer and helps your body get rid of toxins. This traditionally morning drink has celery which has a lot of phytochemicals. They have been credited with reducing the risk of several types of cancer, cardiac disease and diabetes. The cocktail is also just 125 calories. Another low-calories option is tequila and sparkling water. It’s only about 100 calories a glass.
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Dark chocolate is a delicious and healthy sweet treat. The cocoa has a lot of fiber and antioxidants. Many studies have shown its many benefits from lower blood pressure and better circulation to increased insulin sensitivity and reduced risk of stroke. Indirectly, it can help you lose weight because it triggers the hormones in the brain tells you you’re full. Bonus: Chocolate generally makes life feel much better because it contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the chemical that is produced when you are in love. To add make it even better, dip strawberries in melted chocolate.
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Add a lot of vegetables on top of your pizza. They will make you feel full, cutting down the calories you consume by half. Plus, you get more fiber. Women should get about 25 grams a day and men 38. This is a good way of reaching that goal while eating a food you love. Fiber lowers cholesterol, reduces blood sugar, relieves constipation and helps prevent many diseases.
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What’s not to like in the perfect snack? It’s basically avocados with veggies and some herbs. Avocadoes are full of “the good” fat, Vitamin K (important for building strong bones and preventing heart problems), potassium (more than bananas), and fiber. Avocados are known to reduce bad cholesterol by 22 percent and increase good cholesterol by 11 percent. Plus, they are rich on antioxidants that help protect the eyes.
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Very similar to ice cream, gelato is the healthier option because it has more milk and fewer eggs and cream. One cup has about 150 calories compared to 270 for one cup of vanilla ice cream. Gelato is more filling, too, because it’s dense and is more flavorful. Have it with some fruits on a site for extra vitamins.
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You don’t have to give up bread and sandwiches to maintain your weight. Just give up the yolk part of the egg because it has all the fat. This cuts each sandwich to about 250 calories, making it a good option to get protein and carbs in the morning and not overload on fat and sugar by having donuts with coffee. It’s true that many of the nutrients in the egg are in the yolk but you can get them in many other ways without the cholesterol.
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Smoothies are the easiest way to literally drink fruits and vegetables, thus consuming the fiber and other vital nutrients you may be missing. The best part is that you can sweeten these drinks by adding honey (no sugar!) and make them as creamy as you like by adding yogurt for some extra protein. You can always add a spoonful of powder protein if you are far from you daily recommended intake of 56 grams for men and 46 for women.
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Many people don’t like to cook fish because it smells and it takes forever. Neither is 100 percent true but that only makes ordering a fish meal at a restaurant even more appealing. Save yourself the time and effort while getting your omega-3s. Fish is also known to protect the brain and eyes, help prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing blood clots and inflammation. It’s no wonder nutritionists recommend people to eat fish at least twice a week.
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This delicious breakfast doesn’t have to be scheduled for when you don’t have work or for your cheat days. You can make them in a quick and healthy way. Use whole-wheat flour, which contains fiber, and unsweetened almond milk as opposed to whole. Add protein powder to the mix and a banana. Use egg whites. Isn’t this very simple and delicious?
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Don’t skin the dessert while you’re on vacation. They won’t ruin your diet but, to be on the safe side, see if you can find the cookies with the figs filling. Figs are full of high-energy carbs and have lots of dietary fiber, which means easier weight loss. This fruit also helps lower high blood pressure. Figs are also rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper. They are a good source for vitamins A, E and K.
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A good way to make sure you won’t be overeating during at dinner or your other regular meals during the day is snacking. This is a great way to get some of the important vitamins, protein and fiber you need every day in order for your body to process everything you consume properly – that includes junk food. So grab a bowl of mixed nuts or a chocolate milk shake with banana and peanut butter. Yogurt and hummus are other good options.
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This breakfast will give you enough energy to last for hours. Just sub the usual cheese you put in with low-fat cottage cheese and Parmesan. The spinach, egg whites and tomatoes are a good source of a protein fix to last. Include some onion and use virgin olive oil for even a healthier spin on this tasty breakfast.