1. Green cabbage
Often paired with corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, fibre-filled green cabbage also goes nicely with a lean protein like chicken breasts, lean ground turkey, or tofu on the side. You heard right: Make this veggie the focus of your plate—it’s rich in fibre, vitamin C, folate, and manganese—and you’ll fill up on the good stuff faster and be less likely to grab seconds or dessert. Easiest recipe? Shred a small head of green cabbage and sprinkle with olive oil, vinegar, honey, sea salt, and pepper.
Avocados provide a healthy dose of belly fat-melting monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) as well as 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, and folic acid. A recent CDC health study found that people who ate them frequently had more nutritious diets overall, ate less sugar, and had a lower BMI and waist circumference. A new UCLA study found that participants who topped their burgers with a slice of Hass avocado had lower levels of inflammation and less reduction in blood flow than those who ate their burgers without it. Not a fan? Blend them to smoothies and you’ll also add body and creamy texture.
Looking for a great avocado recipe? Try Guacamole with a Kick!
3. Pumpkin seeds
These tasty green morsels burst with essential minerals like iron, phosphorus, and magnesium, and are also a great source of zinc. Try sprinkling a handful of the toasted seeds on a savoury soup, or chomping on them as a mid-morning snack. If you can’t easily locate the seeds, then pistachios are an equally excellent bet. These green nuts are filled with antioxidants, and have been linked to a decrease in heart disease. The extra effort it takes to open each one also helps with weight management, because it slows down snacking and may help prevent overeating.