Eating healthy isn’t always easy, but it can be!
Turns out, some of your favorite treats are actually good for you – and yes, we’re being totally serious. Here, we reveal some popular guilty pleasure foods that will not only satisify your cravings but shrink your waistline, too!
1. Dark Chocolate
Unlike milk and white chocolate, the dark variety is chalk full of minerals and nutrients and lower in both calories and sugar. Plus, it’s been shown to kick start weight loss by curbing your cravings.
If you’re a sucker for carbs, this savory snack is the perfect solution. Popcorn is actually a whole grain that’s naturally low in fat and sodium. And if prepared the right way, it’s a very good source of fiber and very low in calories. For a healthy twist, lighlty mist your popcorn with olive oil or add a spicy kick with some cayenne pepper. You can even top it off with nutritional yeast, a vegan additive high in B-12, for a delectable cheesy flavor.
3. Red Wine
This one is no joke, either. According to a study from Washington State University, a compound in red wine known as resveratrol is shown to help convert “white fat” into “beige fat,” the latter being easier to burn off. So, if you love a good nighttime cap, keep doing what you’re doing to help speed weight loss.
High in vitamins, nutrients, and heart healthy fats, avocados are one of the best belt-shrinking foods around. Research has shown that people who eat more avocados weigh less and have smaller waists than those who don’t, even when they don’t consume fewer calories overall. So whip up your favorite guacamole recipe for guilt-free indulgence – paired with whole grain tortilla chips, of course.