Bothered by how heavy all of you at home have got? Here are a couple of things that you can do as family, in order to cut down on those pounds you have piled:
Super slimming soups
Homemade soups and stews are packed with high fibre, low fat healthy seasonal vegetables and seasoned with metabolism-boosting, warming spices to satisfy your appetite. Root vegetables, watercress, onions, kale, mustard and collard greens are all great foods.
Belly-shrinking herbs and spices
Toxins are commonly stored in fat cells and as you lose weight these toxins are released into the bloodstream. Herbs and spices can support your body’s natural detoxification processes, improve circulation, boost fat-burning and aid digestion. Ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, chilli, turmeric, garlic, horseradish and cardamom are great warming winter spices. Coriander, parsley, fresh mint, dandelion, basil and sorrel are great cleansing herbs. Herbal infusions help you maintain your 2.5 litres hydration target when cold water is less appealing – Ginger, honey and lemon, peppermint and cinnamon, for example.
The worst thing to do is avoid all fat when losing weight. Eating the right variety of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and even saturated fats will help you feel full and boost absorption of nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E. You must, however, avoid hydrogenated and trans fats that lurk in processed foods. Try olives, extra virgin olive oil, almonds, avocados, salmon, walnuts, anchovies, flax seeds, hemp seeds, grass-fed butter, and virgin coconut oil.
Sinless sweet foods
Refined sugars and carbohydrates sabotage your family weight loss goals. Instead, eat a variety of naturally sweet, nutrient-dense, seasonal fruits and vegetables to satisfy sugar cravings. Roasted beetroot, sweet potato, butternut squash and pumpkin make a delicious warming salad, side dish or sweet snack. You can even mash up left over sweet vegetables and make into cakes or muffins for low-fat, high-fibre nutritious treats.