They say that most weight loss happens in the kitchen, and it’s true! If you want to lose weight, see more results from your workouts, and improve your health, your diet is so important.
Just making sure you have the right nutrients and foods in your diet can take your weight loss to the next level. Find out how antioxidants can kickstart your weight loss efforts.
How Do Antioxidants Fight Fat?
Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals that destroy free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to your cells, and minimize cell aging. They’ve been linked to lower cancer rates, fewer signs of aging, a stronger immune system, and now, weight loss!
Antioxidants may help weight loss in a number of ways. They can help your body burn fat easily and stop it from holding onto extra calories.
Here you’ll find all you need to know about major antioxidants, the foods they’re found in, and some great recipes that boost your antioxidant levels.
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This antioxidant occurs mostly in red fruits and vegetables like red bell peppers, tomatoes, and watermelon. Check out a homemade pasta sauce recipe below to fill up on lycopene.
Anthocyanins are some of the most important flavonoids for weight loss—they can be found in blueberries, plums, blackberries, and cherries. Try the plum and blueberry smoothie recipe below.
Also important for the immune system, vitamin C is found in most fruits and vegetables.
This mineral is found in nuts, seafood, and whole grains. Get more by making the Brazil nut bar recipe below.
You’ll find carotenoids in dark green vegetables, as well as orange or yellow vegetables.
You can fill up on vitamin E with nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables.
Try these delicious recipes to get your antioxidants!
This recipe is full of fresh tomatoes, which are a great source of lycopene.
4 pounds fresh tomatoes (chopped and peeled)
2 onions (chopped)
4 garlic cloves (chopped)
1/4 cup basil (chopped)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 sprigs of parsley
Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large, deep skillet. Stir in the onion, basil, garlic, and salt. Cook on medium heat until onions are soft.
Add tomatoes and parsley. Heat to a boil and then reduce to simmer. Heat for two hours, stirring occasionally.
Serve with cauliflower rice, eggplant parmesan, veggie lasagna, or other healthy Italian dishes.
Blueberry and Plum Smoothie
This smoothie helps you start your morning with tons of flavonoids.
1 cup frozen organic blueberries
2 sliced, pitted plums
1 cup Greek yogurt (any flavor)
Squeeze of lemon juice
Blend ingredients together until smooth.
Brazil Nut Bars
These energy-boosting bars are packed full of Brazil nuts, one of the best sources of selenium in the world.
1 cup nut butter of your choice
1 1/2 cups Brazil nuts
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup each: pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, flax seed, sunflower seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups gluten-free rice cereal
Prep a 9×13 baking pan with oil. Use food processor to process Brazil nuts and pour in bowl. Stir in pumpkin seeds, almonds, flax seed, sunflower seed, cranberries, cinnamon, and cereal.
Heat nut butter and honey. Stir melted mixture into Brazil nut mixture. Spread in baking pan and press into even layer.
If you’re constantly on the run you should also consider using supplements. On really busy days, I’ve used one in particular because it not only boosts my antioxidant levels, it’s made with verified healthy ingredients.
CoQ10 minimizes your risk of obesity and works with many other antioxidants to stop free radical growth. I prefer to supplement with CoQ10 Pro, since it includes probiotics and helps my body absorb the CoQ10 more easily.