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We all want to look good, feel good and have amazing health. But, sometimes it’s easy to be led by the temptation of desserts and second portions of that moreish meal that you spent all afternoon preparing. We all do it. And, when it comes to losing a few pounds, we don’t jump at the thought of dieting and restricting ourselves! Most of us know that in order to look good and feel good, we have to cut out the nasty food. But, this doesn’t have to be a couple months of all pain and no gain. We can lose and maintain weight gradually and naturally by eating plant-based foods packed full of nutrient power. And, we will be healthier for it too!

There are a wide range of plant-based foods that have fat-blasting powers – we just need to know what they are, what they do and the best way of eating them. To keep your waistline looking trim, incorporate the following foods into your day to day diet – and, let the flavorsome, healthy foods do the working!

1. Lemons

Simply squeeze lemon juice into luke warm water in the morning and drink on an empty stomach. There are many health benefits of lemons. They boost your metabolism, draw toxins out of your body, alkalize your blood steam, reduce sugar cravings and make your vitamin C levels dance! What’s not to love?

2. Kale

Kale is FULL of fiber and plant-based protein. High fiber and protein means reduced hunger, giving you greater control over your weight. You can eat kale raw or cooked. Replace potato chips for kale chips, eat kale with other vegetables and dip, or throw it into a salad!

3. Almonds

Being one of the nuts which contains fewer calories per gram, snacking on almonds could be one of your best ideas! Due to almonds being high in good fats, oleic acid and fiber, all of which being highly satiating – eating almonds will put you well on the way to stopping your hunger cravings – dead – without the need to eat a high amount of calories. See these 25 Mega Amazing Vegan Recipes for Almond Lovers.

4. Blueberries

Studies suggest that blueberries play an important role in regulating our blood sugar levels. A healthy blood sugar levels will stop you from snacking if you’re blood sugar crashes and gives us energy. A regulated blood sugar level will tell our pancreas to work overtime to produce insulin. And, insulin gives the signal to stop burning fat and urge your body to begin storing it. So, eat more blueberries! Check out these 25 Rich and Beautiful Vegan Recipes for Blueberry Lovers.

5. Broccoli

High in fiber and antioxidants, broccoli is a fantastic food to add a bit of texture, taste and vitamins to a range of dishes! Look at these Baked Broccoli Burgers and this packed with flavor Sesame Tofu + Broccoli Salad!

6. Oats

Oats are high in fiber and high in complex carbohydrates that release energy slowly to all of your cells; this will make you feel fuller for longer! Say a fond farewell to mid-morning food cravings. Try and make this Ayurvedic Oatmeal; the flavors are insane!

7. Avocados

One of the largest misconceptions that the western world has of food has is the role that fat plays in our diets. Obviously, there’s a massive difference between the fat in fries and plant-based raw fats. But, you can actually burn fat with fat. Avocados are high in monounsaturated fats that are slowly released in your body. Plus, avocados provide a thick texture, high fiber content, low carbohydrates and amazing taste that will increase your satiety levels and curb that hunger! Rustle up our Avocado Kale Chilli Salad or, why don’t you try Grilled Avocado with Roasted Tomatoes!

Do you know of any plant-based foods that help you look and feel good? Comment below!

Image source: Sesame Tofu + Broccoli Salad