Healthy food combinations for weight loss
Are you constantly jumping from one diet to another to aid weight loss? Have you been facing difficulties understanding what to eat for fat loss?
Almost all of us have tried to follow some fad diet or the other, salad only diets, consumed weight loss teas etc., to lose weight. Well, did you know that our regular meals can help us lose weight - as long as you count for those calories and make them fit into your calorie intake budget for the day!
Let’s have a look at some healthy food combinations that work well for your taste buds, lifestyle as well as your fat loss goals!
Lentils & rice
Lentils and rice is an ideal food combination for a reason! Lentils are high in lysine, an amino acid that is missing in rice. Rice is high in sulfur-based amino acids, which are missing in lentils. A combination of rice and lentils includes all the necessary amino acids, thus making a nutritionally complete meal! Moreover, the addition of lentils provides additional fiber forming a potent combination.
Paneer/tofu/chicken with veggies
An excellent example of a good food combination is combining a quality source of protein with vegetables. For non-vegetarians, chicken is an amazing source of lean protein while for vegetarians, it is tofu and cottage cheese. You can combine some chicken, cottage cheese, or tofu with non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, peppers, peas, etc., and make a salad/salad bowl. Alternatively, you can stir fry the vegetables and add the chicken, tofu, or cottage cheese in grilled form. A simple, yet delicious meal can help you reach your goals.
Yogurt with seeds & dry fruits
Yogurt is a complete protein and contains a moderate amount of calcium and slow-digesting carbohydrates. When combined with seeds & dry fruits, it makes for a nutritionally dense combination that is high in fiber. Yogurt can be combined with a variety of seeds:
- Flax seeds are high in B vitamins, magnesium, and copper, and contain a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Sunflower seeds and almonds are high in protein, healthy fats, and various vitamins and minerals.
- Chia seeds are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, and calcium.
Oatmeal with cinnamon powder
Oatmeal is a heart-friendly, fibrous, and satiating option for your daily meal. Cinnamon, as a spice, is known to be highly satiating and helps in burning fat, boosting metabolism, and decreasing blood sugar. Together they not only taste amazing, but are also a great food combination that will help you lose weight.
Hummus with veggie sticks
Hummus is a high-protein dish known for its vitamin and mineral content and various health benefits. A great way to include hummus in your diet while aiding weight loss is to combine it with veggie sticks, especially red pepper. The vitamin C in red pepper helps in the absorption of iron from the hummus. You can also add sliced cucumber, carrots, zucchini, asparagus spears, etc.
Eggs with leafy vegetables/toast
Studies suggest that rich sources of protein such as eggs may help to increase the nutritional properties of raw vegetables and also aids better absorption of carotenoids. Eat a veggie salad of spinach, basil leaves, and other leafy vegetables with scrambled whole eggs. You can also add whole grain/multi grain bread, which are rich in carbs, for a wholesome meal.
Sprouts & veggies salad
Sprouts are another great source of protein which when combined with vegetables makes for a power-packed combination. Sprouts are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals. For a nutritious combination, mix some sprouts into your salad with your favourite spices and enjoy the taste and health benefits simultaneously!
Fruits & Dry fruits
Combining certain fruits and dry fruits makes a combination that is not just extremely tasty but also very healthy and nutritious. Grab some berries, toss them into a blender along with some almonds and walnuts! Add some water/ice and blend them together. Trust us when we say this - it tastes like a dessert. Have this every morning, and you are not only giving your day a fresh and healthy start, but also taking care of your sweet cravings for the day right away. Other good fruit and dry fruits combinations include apple and almond, and banana and walnut.
Have you been trying to eat healthy but constantly falling off track due to lack of taste and facing loads of cravings? Take note of these combinations and you are bound to adhere to your journey and get better results! Need further assistance with satisfying your taste buds and still losing fat scientifically? Check out my MSF Transformation Plans that come with delicious recipes along with calorie and macro counted meals that’s custom made for your body type, dietary preferences, budget, lifestyle and your fat loss/muscle building goals!