Ten Comfort Foods That Help Weight Loss

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Chicken noodle soup

When the cold weather is getting us down or we just feel stressed, we often turn to comfort foods to cheer us up. Unfortunately, many comfort foods are full of sugar and fat and ruin our weight loss plans. However, they’re not all loaded with calories and some comfort foods can actually help us lose weight. Choose some of the following healthy options that are not only satisfying, but will also keep your waistline in check.

Chicken Noodle Soup

The actual act of eating soup means you eat more slowly, helping your body notice feelings of fullness sooner. Even the water in chicken noodle soup helps fill you up. Best of all, chicken is full of the protein, vitamins, and fiber you need to speed up your metabolism. In scientific studies, chicken soup was also found to contain anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help alleviate symptoms of the common cold.

Oatmeal

Probably the best way to start the day is with a warm bowl of oatmeal. Just one cup contains four grams of fiber and six grams of protein, helping you feel fuller for longer. The fiber in the oatmeal will also improve your heart health by reducing the amount of cholesterol you absorb. Make this comfort food even healthier by adding a handful of blueberries, a few chopped walnuts, and some sliced banana.

Pot roast

Surprisingly low in fat and calories, a pot roast is a hearty, nutrient-rich treat. The meat helps your body work harder to break down the protein and use it for energy, meaning you will burn more calories during digestion. Try using less meat and more vegetables to support weight loss and be careful not to add too much salt.

Roasted Vegetables

Whether they are served as a side dish or simply eaten on their own, roasted vegetables give your body many essential nutrients. Carrots have a high water and fiber content, so they fill you up quicker than other foods, and parsnips are full of complex carbohydrates, which take longer to break down in the digestive system and make you feel full for longer.

Chili

With its combination of fiber from the tomatoes and protein from the beef and beans, chili is one of the healthiest comfort foods you can eat. Research carried out at Canada’s Laval University suggested that the chemical compound capsaicin found in chilies could even boost your body’s ability to burn fat. The studies also showed that people ate considerably less at subsequent meals.

Chinese “Take-Out”

Instead of ordering a take-out, help your weight loss plans by cooking a Chinese meal yourself. Take-outs from restaurants often use higher quantities of oil in their cooking, and you’re not in control of any of the ingredients. Quick stir-fry cooking will make sure the vegetables retain more nutrients like vitamin C and folic acid. With added ginger, garlic, and chili, you’ll get even more health benefits.

Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Turn a classic grilled cheese into a healthier lunch by using a smaller amount of reduced-fat cheddar and boost the flavor by adding more tomato, basil, and red onion. Cook a homemade tomato soup using garlic, onions, carrots, celery, and chopped tomatoes and you can pack in even more nutrients.

Baked Potatoes

Replace mayonnaise and full-fat cheese with Greek yogurt and reduced-fat cheese and you can enjoy a satisfying meal that is also healthy. Potatoes are not renowned for helping weight loss, but they’re actually full of nutrients and help fill you up without adding inches to your waistline. Alternatively, try sweet potatoes. They’re rich in vitamins A and C and beta-carotene – a powerful antioxidant that slows the body’s release of glucose and insulin.

Minestrone

Adding more soups to your diet is a smart way to increase your intake of nutrients and cut back on the calories. Obviously, avoid creamed soups and instead, choose broth-based varieties. Minestrone is a particularly good soup for weight loss as it contains beans and vegetables, which add extra protein and fiber to your diet and keep you full for longer.

Collard greens

A single serving of this healthy vegetable contains more than your daily recommendation of vitamins A and K. It will also add a good amount of fiber to any meal, which research studies have shown can lower the body’s absorption of calories from carbohydrates.

Fortunately for everyone on a weight loss routine, there are still plenty of comfort foods to enjoy that also have added health benefits. Try some of these healthy comfort foods next time you need a pick-me-up and you can satisfy your body and mind without feeling guilty.

Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

My sons were able to try a new addition to their lunch and daytime snack routine with Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches
! Take note, my son Aj rarely smiles for a picture and he totally was happy about this new snack idea that he smiled right away holding it up for me to take a pic!

Apparently Aj had seen kids in his class have snacks similar or the same as the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and
Vegetable Pouches this year in Kindergarten. I was excited to hear that he was familiar with the brand and at least the concept of healthy eating!

About Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches

  • Made with 100% natural fruit or fruit and vegetables
  • No artificial flavors or colors
  • Excellent source of antioxidant Vitamins C & E
  • 2 servings of fruit or fruit/vegetables per pouch {One serving is ¼ cup of fruit or fruit/vegetable for toddlers}

Made For Toddlers

  • Easy for toddlers to self feed
  • Encourage independent eating skills
  • Come in a re-sealable pouch
  • Pouch is easy to take on the go
  • Fun to eat

Five Flavor Combinations

Baby K took a more serious approach, because he is the youngest of three and he knows he better eat that snack up or else someone else is going to get it from him.

I tried all sorts of flavors with the kids, because I received a good sample package. Aj enjoyed having the Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches as a special surprise inside of his lunchbox each day when he went to have his snack and lunch time at school. I took pride in knowing that my son was okay with me putting some healthy choices inside of his lunch box each day.

I certainly will be a Mom who buys Gerber® Graduates® Grabbers™ Squeezable Fruit and Fruit and Vegetable Pouches because after the stats I heard last week at an event in NYC, most kids get less than 10% off their servings of veggies and fruits daily, I realized just how little my kids really do get as I don’t eat the recommended amount for myself either. Thank goodness for Gerber for creating a fun, yet healthy & quick idea for snack time!

If you are looking for more information about Gerber please feel free to visit the Gerber website and connect with Gerber on Facebook.

Disclosure: My family received product samples for free. All opinions are truly that of my own.

 

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Daddy Has a Farmstand Needs Insect Spray

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of SaferBrand. All opinions are 100% mine.

My father has a farm stand he operates with my step mom every season. They grow their own vegetables and boy are they yummy! I always wondered what type of products you can use to keep the insects from eating the crops and today I found out about a product called EndALL insect spray.This one spray kills 45 different insects and can kill insects from all stages of life, eggs up to adults!

Safe for use on for use on ornamentals, trees, shrubs, fruits, vegetables, flowers and houseplants, but as normal with any new insect spray you should test a small area 24 hours before using it on your crops to ensure you don’t ruin your crops. Someone like my father who lives on what he can make from his farm stand during the season really would not benefit from killing all his crop and he only uses certain sprays on his crops as he is big on organic and making sure his crops are safe home grown VT produce.

I am pretty sure that my father would  be interested in testing out this particular insect spray on his crops because it’s worth trying a product that protects your vegetables and flowers from 45 different insects and the fact that it’s one spray to kill eggs up to adults makes it even more worth trying to save some money by purchasing it!

I like that the spray is organic and dissolves into the soil leaving no residue behind. I love that it would save my father and step mother some money every year when they do their farm stand too!

Questions for thought: What do you think about this insect spray? Would you test it on your houseplants or flowers?

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