Not only are women who eat more cruciferous vegetables are less likely to be diagnosed with breast, but these vegetables contain three essential nutrients that power your metabolism: B vitamins, calcium, and vitamin C. Plus, cruciferous vegetables you are easy to prepare and make an excellent side dish to almost any meal. Here’s a few:
- Brussels sprouts
- mustard greens
- bok choy
Are you getting enough iron? Over 20% of women are iron deficient which is bad news for your waistline. Your body needs iron to carry out its calorie-burning processes effectively. Iron facilitates the flow of oxygen throughout the body, which helps increase energy and your metabolism. Just one cup of lentils provides 35 % of your daily iron, plus loads protein and fiber, which also aid in digestion. Luckily, lentils are quicker to cook than beans, and can also be added to soups and salads!
Beans, mainly red and black – not refried – are loaded with fiber, which lowers insulin levels after eating and improves insulin sensitivity over time causing the your body to store less fat. Beans contain a key type of starch, known as resistant starch, which repairs the lining of your intestine to help you fight inflammation, cancer and harmful bacteria. Plus, the B vitamins and zinc in beans boost testosterone which helps increase energy and aid in building calorie-burning muscle. Not only do beans make an excellent side dish, but can also be easily added to salads and soups! Although beans aren’t the quickest to make yourself, the process is fairly simple. Just soak in water overnight, drain, rinse and cook in water until tender. Enjoy!