The Best Vegetables for Weight Loss
You don’t need to be vegan to appreciate the value of healthy vegetables when trying to lose weight. Vegetables deserve a place in every diet, including yours. Some of the best vegetables for weight loss may even surprise you!
Vegetables to Keep on Hand
The best vegetables for weight loss come in wide varieties and aren’t always the ones with the fewest calories. And to keep things interesting, you can also prepare and eat your vegetables in different ways.
We’ll cut right to the chase. What are some of the best healthy vegetables to keep on hand? You’ll rarely catch us without the following seasonal delicacies:
- Dark, leafy greens: Things like spinach and kale are extremely nutrient-dense and bring few calories to the table. They’re easily incorporated into many healthy meals and smoothies, too—why not eat your vegetables through a straw?
- Brassicas: Broccoli, romanesco, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are all rich in fiber and micronutrients. They’re also absolutely delicious!
- Peas: One cup of peas packs almost as much protein as a cup of milk, a serving of tofu, or two small eggs. You might recognize powdered pea protein as one popular vegan protein supplement for smoothies.
- Sweet potatoes: These are a staple in several of the world’s Blue Zones and have been credited with the longevity and long-term health of these populations.
- Squashes, pumpkins, and gourds: Most pumpkins and gourds provide lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Their colorful fruit can often be used in place of floury white potatoes as a low-carb side (or, of course, blended into that ever-loving classic: butternut squash bisque).
Although these are some of our favorite healthy vegetables, don’t limit yourself! Different types of lettuces, onions, peppers, radishes, carrots, celery, and herbs are undeniably good for you and should definitely have a place on your plate.
Now, however, comes the real question. You’ve got the veggies, but what should you do with them?
How to Eat Your Vegetables to Lose Weight
Is it possible to eat your vegetables without feeling like you’re on a diet? Absolutely! Even more so if you love to cook at home.
If you’re still trying to figure out how to best incorporate vegetables into your diet, here are some tips for healthy cooking:
- Choose a wide variety of healthy vegetables for maximum interest and the widest possible spectrum of nutrition.
- Stick to healthier ways to cook vegetables daily, including steaming, baking, or even just eating them raw. Instead of fried French fries, bake some oil-free sweet potato wedges.
- Use spices and things like soy sauce and lemon juice to season vegetables in place of oils or sugary sauces and condiments like ketchup.
- Things like cauliflower rice and other low-carb substitutions can help you eat in volume without the extra calories. Spaghetti squash, after baking, yields its fibrous “spaghetti strands,” which can be used to replace spaghetti noodles or other pasta.
- Never underestimate the power of a giant salad, a hearty soup or curry, or an odds-and-ends stir-fry. You can reduce food waste by making a mega-meal out of everything left in your fridge at the end of the week.
- Add healthy vegetables covertly whenever you can. A simple zucchini bread with cinnamon and chopped nuts is one great application of this principle. You can eat your veggies without even tasting them!
Keep a Well-Stocked Pantry
Once you find a few easy, healthy recipes you love, success will come if you make sure to be prepared. A well-stocked pantry, a blender or food processor, and a hot stove are often all you need.
Sometimes, it will be the little things that keep your vegetable consumption interesting. Salt, vinegar, and low-calorie additions like sriracha sauce are full of flavor and won’t throw your diet off track. Dry spices like black pepper, cayenne, and curry powder can be bought in small quantities, allowing you to use them up before they go stale.
You should also have other healthy options to go with your vegetables. Dry goods like pasta, rice, and canned or jarred goods should also be kept in abundance. We love this pantry guide by Bon Appétit. Follow it, and you’ll never be stuck without something tasty to eat again!
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Just remember, your salad and vegetable days don’t have to be boring! When in doubt, pick up something new in the produce department. Variety is the spice of life, and a slight deviation from your usual is the best way to stay focused on your weight loss goals.