When you’re constantly being told what not to eat — and how much food you need to restrict in order to lose weight — it’s really nice to stop and take account of all of the foods that you should be eating.
Like, really eating — as in, you can practically eat them non-stop and still lose weight.
Of course, there is no one food that you should eat non-stop (sounds like a recipe for a stomach ache). But if you’re searching for foods that are low in calories, high in nutritional content, and that you don’t have to think so much about, here are six anti-inflammatory foods you can eat non-stop and still lose weight by summer, according to nutritionists.
They’re high in fiber, protein, iron, and important vitamins and minerals. Beans can be added to a variety of meals — from salads to soups — and they will fill you up so fast (thanks to all of that fiber), that it’s nearly impossible to overindulge in them.
Whether you prefer black beans, lima beans, or lentils, add more beans and legumes to your diet for better weight loss results.
Another high fiber option, blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. This little berry is packed with antioxidants, which combat free radicals in your body and keep your cells and organs healthy.
Make sure you’re getting enough leafy greens in your diet — broccoli, spinach, kale, and collard greens are great examples. These foods are a source of phytonutrients and fiber and will fill you up while barely contributing calories to your daily regimen.
Once you have a portion of salmon or tuna it’s unlikely you’ll reach for seconds — not because wild fish isn’t delicious, but because it’s chockfull of protein and fills you up fast.
Always choose wild fish over farm-raised fish, which can sometimes contain contaminants.
A cup of bone, miso, or chicken broth soup prior to a meal won’t just add anti-inflammatory ingredients, vitamins, and minerals to your diet, but it can also help fill you up (in a healthy, satisfying way). Broth-based soups are very low in calories, but nutrient dense and perfect for helping to achieve your weight loss goals.
Rolled oats or steel-cut oats are high in fiber, B vitamins, and protein and are one healthy unrefined carbohydrate that gives you plenty of energy, without spiking your blood sugar levels like refined carbs.
Mixing up your breakfast routine by alternating between protein-rich eggs and fiber-filled oatmeal is an excellent way to boost your metabolism and keep your energy levels up all morning long.