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7 Best Natural Foods for Weight Loss

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Guava

Guava is a delicious tropical fruit that provides 45 calories and five grams of fiber per medium fruit. Guavas can be eaten raw but many people who are trying to lose weight use them to make a healthy smoothie.

To make a smoothie with guava, combine any part of the fruit (all of it is edible!) with berries or citrus fruit. Strawberries and pineapple pair well with guava.  Add dairy like skim milk or yogurt if you want, but you don’t have to.

You can even add spinach for a healthy dose of protein – and more fiber!

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Pear

Got a sweet tooth? A pear will satisfy your craving and deliver a healthy dose of fiber. A small ripe pear only has 85 calories but provides 5 grams of fiber.

Some shoppers avoid pears because they are tricky to store. And if you end up throwing them in the trash, then the cost isn’t worth it. But if you pick and store pears properly they can actually keep for months.

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White Beans

Smart cooks and savvy dieters keep white beans on hand in the kitchen. Of course, almost all beans are healthy sources of fiber, but I like white beans because they are more versatile. A half cup serving of white beans provides 150 calories and a 6 grams of fiber. You also get almost 10 grams of protein in that serving of beans. You can throw whole white beans into soups and salads, but I like to puree white beans and add them to my soup recipes.  Most cream soup recipes (like the cream of celery soup that I mentioned earlier) have heavy cream or butter added to get the smooth texture. But you can skip the high fat dairy products and use pureed white beans instead.  It’s easy to do and delicious. You’ll get almost 7 grams of fiber in each serving.

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Crackers and Vegetables

Many smart eaters choose whole grain bread to increase their fiber intake. But did you know that you can get more fiber and fewer calories with crackers? It’s true, but you have to choose the right crackers.

A single slice of homemade or artisan whole grain bread provides about 130-150 calories, 2 grams of fat and 3 grams of fiber. For a fiber-rich lunch, grab 4 crackers (2 servings) to get 4 grams of fiber. Then layer on sliced red peppers (also a good source of dietary fiber) low calorie hummus and herbs for a fiber packed meal.

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Peas

Frozen peas aren’t the fanciest vegetable, but they are packed with fiber, they’re cheap and they are super easy to store in the freezer and use in a pinch. A single half-cup serving of peas provides 62 calories and 4.4 grams of fiber.  You’ll also benefit from over 4 grams of protein when you eat a serving of peas.

I throw peas into every salad that I make. I also throw a handful of peas into many of the lean ground turkey recipes that I prepare – even when peas aren’t on the ingredients list. Peas have a soft flavor that blends well with everything. If you like to eat peas on their own, use one of these low calorie green pea recipes.

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Spinach

Spinach is a diet super food for many reasons.  This leafy green vegetable is so versatile and packed with nutrition.  A one-cup serving of cooked spinach provides 41 calories, 4.3 grams of fiber and 5.3 grams of protein.  If you’re serious about losing weight, you should always keep a bag of spinach on hand.

So what’s the best way to eat spinach? I use spinach instead of iceberg lettuce on my sandwiches and salads. I add spinach to my morning omelet and I’ve even made healthy spinach ice cream in a blender.

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Brocolli

Everyone knows that brocolli is good for weight loss, but do you know why? One cup provides 31 calories, 2.4 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of protein. That means you can fill up on broccoli and still have room in your diet for a small portion-controlled treat. If you don’t like the texture of broccoli, use in it in a cream soup.  You’ll get the flavor and nutrition of this healthy veggie without the texture that many dieters don’t like.

Read the full arrticle by Malia Fey here

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