What you eat is very important if you are trying to lose weight. Fortunately, here are seven superfoods for weight loss that can help you lose weight, rev up your metabolism and stop junk food cravings.

1) Kale

Kale is a leafy green vegetable that packs a nutritious punch. Eating one cup of chopped kale will only contain 34 calories while providing your daily intake of Vitamins A and C. In addition, kale also contains some iron and calcium.

 

Kale

 

 

 

2) Lentils

Lentils are the superfoods of the legume family, which also includes other types of beans. Lentils not only contain high amounts of cholesterol reducing fiber, but it also helps prevent blood sugar levels from spiking after a meal. Lentils are also packed full of B vitamins and protein. At only 230 calories a cup, these super legumes will fill you up.

 

 

Lentil & Vegetable Stew with Cauliflower White Bean Puree

Lentil & Vegetable Stew with Cauliflower White Bean Puree

 

 

3) Blueberries

Blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants among foods. Eating lots of blueberries can help fight free radicals in the body that damage cells and DNA. Increasing blueberry intake has also been proven to reduce bad cholesterol while raising good cholesterol.

 

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4) Pomegranates

Pomegranates can help you satisfy your sweet craving while providing a ton of health benefits. Like blueberries, pomegranates are also high in antioxidants. Pomegranates are also high in folate, which is crucial in fetal development, can help reduce risk of stroke and ensure fertility.

 

Pomegranates

 

 

5) Quinoa

Quinoa is a great wheat and grain replacement. What is striking about quinoa is that it is one of the few non-meat foods that offers all amino acids. Substitution quinoa for wheat will help make you feel fuller and provide you with more nutritional benefits. Quinoa also contains high amounts of fiber, phosphorous, magnesium and iron.

6) Avocados

While avocados are high in fat, they are high in all the good fats that will help your body lose weight. It contains monounsaturated fat, which will help keep you feeling full while promoting heart health. Because they are so creamy, avocados are perfect substitutes for mayonnaise in sandwiches and salads.

7) Wild salmon

Wild salmon contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which protect the heart, reduce the risk of stroke and improve blood vessel function. In addition, wild salmon is a high quality protein that provides many of the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy weight loss. Eating three ounces of wild salmon will provide 22 grams of protein at only 155 calories.