The Top 5 Fat Burning Foods
Written by: Kathy Best, July 22, 2018
Bone Broth – This food can potentially transform your health and help burn fat. Quality bone broth has an abundance of amino acids which can prevent muscle deterioration, detox your body, and boost your metabolism. Bone broth heals leaky gut, treats food intolerances and allergies, reduces cellulite, improves joints and boosts the immune system. Bone broth is simple to make at home, just make sure you use chicken or beef bones from pasture fed animals, humanely raised without hormones or antibiotics. Try to incorporate uncommon parts like chicken feet and necks for best results. If you cannot find a local farm to purchase bones from, please use organic bones from your local grocery store. I place mine in my slow cooker with enough filtered water to cover the bones, a little a table spoon or two of apple cider vinegar to draw out the minerals and even some plant fiber left over from my morning celery juice. You can also add onions, garlic, fresh herbs, and celery for even better benefits. Chicken bones can be slow cooked on low for up to 24 hours. Beef bones can be slow cooked for up to 48 hours, but if adding fat or meat make sure to brown the meat first. Let the broth cool afterward and remove all solids, strain and store the broth in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to three months. A Layer of fat will congeal over the broth. Remove this right before you reheat and eat the broth. This protects the both, so do not remove until you eat it.
Chia Seeds – Originally grown in Mexico, these seeds are fat-burning superstars and a powerhouse of nutrition and antioxidants. Chia seeds boost energy and endurance. They also help reduce hunger pangs and sugar cravings because they can absorb their weight in water and slow digestion. Chia seeds contain essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B, E, and D, as well as minerals like iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, and thiamine. They help repair skin, and their high fiber content helps keep you regular. Chia seeds can reverse inflammation, balance cholesterol and blood pressure. Eating a serving daily can boost metabolism and burn belly fat. Chia seeds are one of the top plant sources of protein. They help fight breast and cervical cancer and improve dental health. Soaking your chia seeds before you eat them makes them easier to digest and their nutrients more bioavailable. Soak about 1.5 tablespoons in 1 cup of water and let them sit for 30 minutes or long enough to turn into a gel substance. You can also grind them and add them to salads or vegetable dishes, or eat them whole. You can add them to smoothies, make chia pudding, bars, breads, eggs, and any other healthy recipes.
Coconut Oil – One of the most natural, healthy fats on the planet. This super oil can help reduce body fat and keep your thyroid functioning optimally. Coconut oil is easy to digest and unlike other long-chain fatty acids, is not stored as fat in the body. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Its medium-chain fatty acids are processed by the liver and used as energy instead of being stored as fat. Coconut oil has been proven as an Alzheimer’s disease treatment. It can prevent heart disease and protect the liver. Coconut oil treats UTI and kidney infections, reduce inflammation and arthritis, as well as prevent and treat cancer. It can treat skin conditions, prevent cum disease and tooth decay and may help naturally balance hormones. Always choose unrefined, extra virgin, organic coconut oil. Add a tablespoon to your smoothies, cook with it, or eat a tablespoon straight. Brush your teeth with it for dental health. Switch your vegetable oils to coconut oil and reap powerful benefits.
Cruciferous Vegetables – Members of the Brassicaceae family, such as cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, arugula, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, radish, turnips, bok choy, and kale are some of the most nutritionally dense vegetables available that aid in weight loss and overall wellness. They are overflowing with vitamins and nutrients as well as fiber, which keeps you full longer, and you can eat as much of these delicious foods as you want, without and guilt. These vegetables also have cancer-fighting properties due to their sulfur-containing compounds. Other benefits include heart protection, reduced inflammation, regulate blood sugar, and help balance estrogen.
Apples – The anti-inflammatory properties of apples make them a top pick for many illnesses, including brain inflammation, IBS, and viral infections. Apples with red skin have anti-obesity properties and compounds that improve digestive strength and encourage weight loss, due to their pigments. The phytochemicals, flavonoids, rutin, and quercidin, found in apples, are heavy metal and radiation detoxifiers. Apples help cleanse the organs, improve sluggish lymphatic systems, repair skin, and regulate blood sugar. The pectin in apples rids the body of bacteria, yeast, mold, and viruses as it moves through the gut. Pectin also expels rotting protein from intestinal pockets and harmful E. coli and C. difficile bacteria. Apples are excellent for healing digestive disorders and provide trace minerals, electrolytes and mineral salts that help the body rehydrate after exercise or stress. Aim for eating three apples per day. Red skinned apples with the maximum color are the best.