The Best 8 “Super” Greens To Boost Your Weight Loss

By Jamie Houghton, Head Coach at Lifestyle Performance Transformations NCC

You’ve heard about the green smoothie and super-greens and possibly even green powders. But WHAT greens are best for weight loss?

In general, green vegetables deliver a high amount of nutritional value in very few calories. Possibly more importantly – veggies are low on the glycemic index. Too much insulin in the body can lead to weight gain, and low-glycemic foods (like your greens) keep insulin levels low.

Here are my favourite greens to get you started…

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1) Brussels Sprouts – everyones friend!
In order to reap the full weight loss benefits of sprouts’ fiber content, steam them. Brussels sprouts are also filled with vitamin C, and other important nutrients including folate and manganese.

 

2) Spinach

This classic green is packed with fibre, water, and vitamin C, and it’s very versatile. Spinach can be used raw in salads or quickly steamed or sautéed. I personally love to pack it into my smoothies!

3) Cucumber
A refreshing and crisp green. I also love using this as an addition to smoothies, juices, and salads. Cucumbers have a very high water content and are low in calories.

4) Kale
This is a real powerhouse of a green! Full of essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin A and manganese, one cup of kale also contains 71% of your daily value of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an awesome assistant when it comes to weight loss!

5) Turnip Greens
Possibly one you haven’t heard of before. These greens are high in fibre, with 5g per cup. Fibre helps to fill you up and it kindly ushers fats out of the blood stream.Bunch-Of-Vibrant-Turnip-Greens.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.960

6) Avocado
This creamy green fruit is high in monounsaturated fats, helping to lower cholesterol and manage your weight. This is an awesome fruit to have for breakfast…the high fat content will help you burn fat during your day!

7) Celery
PACKED with fibre and almost calorie free this refreshing green is yet another great addition to salads and smoothies.

8) Broccoli
These “mini trees” are loaded with complex carbohydrates, meaning that your body burns it slowly, keeping you fuller for longer. Like kale, it’s full of vitamin C. You’ll also get a good dose of fiber and folate.

This is just a drop in the ocean of the type of nutrition coaching that we offer on our 6 Week Transformation Program.

With our second program kicking off on Monday 29th February we are already 80% full! So only a few spaces left…

Men Click Here for our MANSformation program

Ladies Click Here A Stone in 6 Challenge program

 

Jamie Houghton

Head Coach at LPT Northampton NCC

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