Article Posted by Sherri Sacconahgi, June 25th, 2013
By now you are fully hydrated with last weeks fat flush water, so lets take our weight loss plan one step further. Carbs. Whoops, get those visions of pizza and bagels out of your head. We are going green.
I love good healthy brown carbs like quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. They are an important part of a healthy diet, but to lose the extra pounds fast, get your carbs from green vegetables. Spinach, broccoli, green beans, lettuce and zucchini are not only nutrient rich but, they are loaded with fiber, which will help keep you full and keep things moving.
Substituting green vegetables will help assist in weight loss because they rank very low on the glycemic index. Veggies, thanks to the fiber, take longer for the body to absorb and therefore your blood sugar does not spike up as fast. This allows your body to use the food as fuel and it does not need to store it as fat. The added bonus, you will not feel the sluggish crash you get after a pasta dinner or a big sub sandwich.
No need to overhaul your whole menu, just make some simple swaps. Many starchy sides have a veggie alternative. Here are some examples.
Lettuce wraps. Swap your sandwich bread for lettuce leaves. Wrap it around a deli sandwich, sautéed veggies and hummus or even a big juicy burger. Another idea. Make tuna melts on red pepper halves instead of bread. (technically not green but you get my drift).
Zucchini Pasta: Using a vegetable peeler cut the zucchini into lengthwise ribbons. Heat one Tablespoon of olive oil in a pan; add the zucchini and sauté for about 3 minutes. Top with a healthy tomato based sauce.
Veggie Puree: A great way to use veggies on the verge of being tossed, this one is my favorite. Steam any vegetable siting around (kale, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers and celery are my go to combo). When soft, transfer to a blender and puree. Blend slightly for mashed potato like texture, or more so for a thick soup. Serve it toped with a grilled fish or chicken for a light summertime comfort food.
Looking for something a little heartier to put on your plate? Try Freekeh. It is a roasted green grain made from immature Durham wheat. Packed with protein, low in carbs and high in fiber, this is a perfect alternative to rice.
Go green for the next week and feel a little lighter for the hot summer ahead.
Sherri Sacconaghi, AADP, NASM-CPT
Certified Health Coach
"Inspiring you Towards a Healthy Body and a Joyful Life".