Quick Vegetarian Food | Promoting Healthy Weight Loss

I watch for convenient, quick vegetarian food promoting healthy weight loss.  An added bonus I love when convenient, quick vegetarian food is tasty too. 

I watch for convenient, quick vegetarian food promoting healthy weight loss.  An added bonus I love when convenient, quick vegetarian food is tasty too.  Here are a couple of my favorites that fit into the aforementioned categories:

  1. Freeze-dried Strawberries
  2. Freeze-dried Pinto Beans

Handy freeze-dried food is one of the best ways to preserve food because once rehydrated, the nutritional value is similar to fresh food

Gary Stoner, a professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, found that the freeze-dried berries retained 90 percent of their anthocyanins—compounds that give berries their color and are thought to prevent cancer. Other nutrients, such as vitamins C and E and folic acid, are somewhat depleted through the freeze-drying process. Once rehydrated, freeze-dried food is similar in nutritional value to fresh food according to Diane Barrett, a food science and technology prof at UC-Davis. Barrett calls freeze-drying “one of the best ways to preserve food.” – Mother Jones 

Freeze-Dried Strawberries or Fresh Strawberries

Strawberries are a healthy food to eat to lose weight, because there are 49 calories in one cup of strawberries.

The ellagic acid and anthocyanins found in strawberries aid weight loss in at least three ways:  

Chronic inflammation blocks the hormones involved in keeping you lean. Anti-inflammatory foods like strawberries help restore normal function to weight-reducing hormones.

Anthocyanins actually increase the body’s production of a hormone called adiponectin, which stimulates your metabolish and suppresses your appetite.

Both ellagic acid and anthocyanins slow the rate of digestion of starchy foods, controlling the rise in blood sugar that follows a starchy meal. This effect is used to control blood sugar in people with adult-onset (Type 2) diabetes.- Huffington Post

Strawberries are a tasty and healthy, low-calorie food.  Then if they are freeze-dried, they also become a convenient and quick vegetarian food that promotes healthy weight loss!  My favorite brand of freeze-dried strawberries is Augason from Walmart Supercenter.

Strawberries are a tasty and healthy, low-calorie food.  Then if they are freeze-dried, they also become a convenient and quick vegetarian food that promotes healthy weight loss! 

Beans are at the top of the list of highest fiber foods

Nick English from Greatist.com compiled a list of the highest fiber foods.  It may surprise you the top four highest fiber foods are all from the legume/bean family:

  • 1.Split Peas
  • 2. Lentils
  • 3. Black Beans
  • 4. Lima Beans

Beans are a nutritious and budget-friendly, low-fat protein

One cup of beans on average contain about 15 grams of protein.

Beans are the next-highest source of protein after animal-based foods. They’re also low in fat, high in fiber and nutrients, and very budget-friendly- SFGate

Beans are an awesome food to promote weight loss

In a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, 30 obese adults were randomly assigned to one of two calorie-restricted diets for eight weeks. One diet contained no beans or lentils; the other contained four weekly servings of lentils, chickpeas, peas, or beans. The pulse eaters lost more weight—17 pounds compared to 11—and experienced greater improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure. – Reader’s Digest

Beans are a most amazing food

Beans are a most amazing food full of fiber, low-fat nutrition, and a budget-friendly protein.  Then if your beans are freeze-dried, they also become a convenient and quick vegetarian food.  I absolutely love these quick and easy Honeyville #10 cans of freeze-dried pinto bean flakes.  Just add 1 cup boiling water to 1/1/2 cups bean flakes.  Cover and let sit for ten minutes.  So quick and easy! There is no added fat or salt in these beans, they are just plain pinto bean flakes.

Beans are a most amazing food full of fiber, low-fat nutrition, and a budget-friendly protein.  Then if your beans are freeze-dried, they also become a convenient and quick vegetarian food. 

Eat beans more frequently

I didn’t know how wonderful beans were until a couple of years ago.  I have always had a sensitive digestive system so I stayed away from beans because I thought they caused gas.  I have discovered they are actually one of the best foods for my digestive system because they are high in fiber and keep my blood sugar level more stable helping me to have more energy.  Fyi, if I eat a healthy vegetarian diet, beans don’t give me gas.

Quick vegetarian food promoting healthy weight loss

Freeze dried strawberries and pinto bean flakes are wonderful quick vegetarian food promoting healthy weight loss.

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