Nutrition is one of the most important aspects of achieving and attaining your weight goals! If you are not eating right, you probably won’t see the progress you want out of the hard work you’re putting in. So to make sure you are keeping your diet in check, take a quick look over these top 10 diet foods to help keep you energized, feeling full, and on track to reaching your health, fitness, and physique goals!
#1 99% Lean Ground Turkey
99% Lean Ground Turkey is one of the leanest sources of protein available! It contains 28 grams of protein with only 1.5 grams of fat, and no carbs! Great choice to keep your protein levels up to keep you feeling full and energized while repairing muscle and burning fat!
Cooking Tip: Grill, Pan fry with non stick pan or very little olive or coconut oil. Low sodium spices can increase flavor without going overboard on sodium intake.
#2 Chicken Breast
This is probably the biggest staple in the diet of anyone trying to lose weight, build muscle, and look and feel their best! It contains a very lean source of protein at an average of 24 grams per 4 oz chicken, and just 2 grams of fat. A much healthier and leaner choice than chicken thighs.
Cooking Tip: Grill, Pan fry with non stick pan or very little olive or coconut oil, boil until cooked through.
Each Large Grade A Egg contain 6 grams of protein. 3 in the egg white, and 3 in the yolk! By using 4 – 6 egg whites and 1 – 2 whole eggs with breakfast (or any other meal) you can easily get up to 30 grams of protein, with 10 grams of healthy fats and essential vitamins from the yolks. The reason I say just 1 or 2 whole eggs (with the yolk) is because each yolk contains 5 grams of fat. So to keep those levels a little lower, I don’t like to use more than 2 at a time.
Cooking Tip: Pan fry with non stick pan or very little oil. Adding pepper or non salt spices can help increase flavor without going overboard on sodium.
#4 93% Lean Ground Beef
Red meat contains key essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that most white meats (chicken, turkey, egg whites) don’t. So getting a good source of lean red meat can help increase your micronutrient levels, along with supplying your diet with high grade, quality protein and just a few grams of the essential fats!
Cooking Tip: Grill, Pan fry with non stick pan or very little olive or coconut oil.
Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, and Steel Cut Oats are both a great source of complex carbohydrates to supply your body with long lasting energy, fiber to help digestion, 10 grams of protein per cup, and low in fat! Also, very versatile when it comes to simple recipes to combine for your favorite flavors!
Cooking Tip: Boil with water or almond milk in pot over stove top
#6 Sweet Potatoes
These nutritious starches combine a low glycemic carbohydrate source and sweet taste! They also contain sustained energy release, and more potassium’ than a banana.
Cooking Tip: Oven bake or slice and cook on skillet.
Quinoa is a terrific source of complex carbohydrates from a completely natural source, and one of the only plant based foods that supply a complete protein, meaning it contains all essential amino acids!
Cooking Tip: Boil in water over stove, then simmer until cooked dry.
#8 Brown Rice
Brown rice is a super quick and easy carbohydrate to prepare and add to any source of protein! It provides your meal with healthy complex carbohydrates to help fuel your muscles and keep your metabolism burning calories.
Cooking Tip: Boil in water over stove top, then simmer until cooked dry.
This delicious fruit contains healthy unsaturated fatty acids, which can aid your body in metabolizing fat, while providing high energy! It also contains tons of vitamins, potassium, antioxidants, and other healing attributes! Try it with a salad, chicken, eggs, wrap, or plenty other dishes!
Cooking Tip: Slice and serve. Consume about ¼ avocado at a time.
#10 Peanut Butter
A favorite among almost every athlete, bodybuilder, or health enthusiast! Peanut and almond butter contain a healthy serving of unsaturated essential fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, and a quality source of protein. Just be sure to keep your portion sizes in check, and don’t lose control by sitting on the couch with a full tub and a spoon! Stick to a serving size at a time (2 tbsp or 32 grams).
Cooking Tip: Spread on toast or a rice cake, or mix in oats or a protein shake.
For more info on quality foods to help you burn fat, and build muscle to look and feel your best, check out my Custom Meal Plans, and a few other nutrition blog posts!