5 Healthy Green Vegetables to Speed Your Weight Loss Efforts

Are you looking for a quick and completely natural solution to shedding those unwanted pounds and keeping a healthy body weight?

Turns out there’s something you can eat in large quantities that makes you feel full, gives you energy, keeps you emotionally stable and, best of all, helps you to lose weight – green vegetables!

Not a huge fan of eating vegetables? No problem, just toss some vegetables along with a fruit (banana, mango and strawberry work best) into a blender, and enjoy a delicious weight loss friendly smoothie

Here are our favorite vegetable alternatives that work great in a smoothie:

  1. Watercress

Watercress is graded a solid 100% on the nutrition scale, by academic researchers together with the US Department of Agriculture.

Why? First of all, it has more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more protein than most animal products, and contains all of the top 17 essential nutrients.

Watercress also contains alpha-lipoic acid. This is an antioxidant that researchers believe can fight off diabetes, which is closely connected with overweight issues.

In fact, Watercress in Germany is a prescribed medication to halt the progression of the nerve damage caused by diabetes.​

As it is relatively strong and bitter tasting, you may want to consume it in a smoothie while blending in some sweet fruit and vegetables like beets, cucumber, and peaches. Also add Stevia as a natural sweetener.

  1. Peas

Peas contain more protein than steak and eggs. ​Protein triggers the release of the fat burning hormone called glucagon, which scientists have demonstrated leads to fat loss, even in diabetics.

If you want your body to burn fat for energy quicker, or in other words to speed up your metabolism, protein-rich foods are the perfect solution.

Your body works much harder and requires much more energy to break down the proteins than it does to process fats and carbs. This hard word is the fat burning we’re after.

In addition, protein also helps you to build muscles, whose maintenance also requires energy and, thus, fat to be burned.

​Protein also makes you feel full for longer, so you can avoid snacking unnecessary calories.

In smoothies, peas lend a great thickness and creaminess to the smoothie when cooked first. They work well with watery vegetables like lettuce and spinach.

  1. Spinach

In a recent study, Swedish researchers gave women spinach extract to eat in the mornings, and they lost 30% more weight than their peers! They said that they did not feel hungry or tempted by the mouthwatering foods that they usually ate.

Scientists believe that arginine, found in spinach, can increase your muscle mass. Because muscles are so big and heavy, your body must burn a lot of fat just to maintain them. This fat burning happens even when you are asleep.​

Given its mild taste, it works beautifully with any vegetables and fruits. Apparently David Beckham loves his spinach because it is rich in fiber.​

  1. Stevia

You can get it in the shops as powder or drops, but it is actually a plant with green leaves you can cultivate in your backyard. The leaves are sweeter than sugar and is the perfect solution to sweeten a smoothie without adding calories.

A recent study demonstrated that people who used Stevia ate 300 calories less per day than those who ate sugar while feeling equally full.

Add half a leaf to any smoothie you think needs sugar, especially to the bitter ones. It will neutralize the bitterness, much as sugar neutralizes the bitterness of coffee.

  1. Green Tea

You may think of it as a beverage rather than a green vegetable, but with its green leaves, a vegetable is precisely what it is.

The main ingredient in Green Tea, called EGCG, has the most research behind it of all the fat burners.

It promotes the breakdown of fat into energy and it blocks the creation of new fat cells. Moreover, it tackles other weight gain mechanisms by improving good cholesterol and combatting diabetes.​

As a result, this is one of the best liquids you can use as a liquid base for your smoothies, and it goes along great with stevia for an extra sweet smoothie.​


Based on: 29 Healthy Green Vegetables that Actually Speed Fat Loss

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The Absolute Best Matcha Lattes

I used to be an avid cappuccino drinker until I met my match-a.

My first encounter with matcha was a few years ago when I was working down in the West Village. The cutest little cafe, Chalait, had just opened up on West 4th and I had to give it a try. I fell in love. So, I started to learn more about matcha. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea. When you drink matcha (as opposed to drinking a regular cup of green tea) you are actually drinking the tea leaves instead of infusing it in the hot water. And there are so many benefits. It is an immune booster and a stress reducer. It is rich in antioxidants, detoxifies the body, boosts the metabolism, improves concentration, lowers cholesterol, and gives you more energy than that usual cup of coffee. In fact, matcha has more caffeine and nutrients than coffee, without giving you the side effects that often comes from coffee.

I’ve since drank matcha lattes all around New York City and thought it wouldn’t be fair not to share my three favorites. Here we go!

Chalait
NoMad & Chelsea

Chalait NoMad

Yes, my first matcha is still one of my favorites. The location down in the West Village has since closed, but they have opened up two new spots: one in NoMad and one in Chelsea Market. The NoMad Chalait is a bit smaller and has a smaller food menu, but it is equally as cute, and perfect if you want to be in and out.

They use their everyday ceremonial grade matcha for their matcha lattes, which they describe as “the perfect go to for those new to matcha and looking to start exploring its great taste and numerous benefits. It is smooth and mellow with the taste of bittersweet chocolate and slight sweetness.” There is no added sugar, and it is absolutely delicious.

(Pro tip: if you are hungry get the avocado toast!)

Matcha Cafe Wabi
233 East 4th Street

Matcha Cafe Wabi, Alphabet City

If you are always on the go like me, this is the best place to grab a quick to-go matcha latte. But don’t walk too fast or else you might miss it! Matcha Cafe Wabi also feels the most authentic to me. The music is calming, the Japanese staff is welcoming and kind, and they make their own delicious matcha pastries including matcha cookies, matcha muffins, and gluten-free matcha bars.

Their standard matcha latte is lightly sweetened and made with a little bit of heavy cream. If you opt to skip out on the heavy cream in favor of a lighter option, I suggest ordering the vegan matcha latte with almond milk. Ask for it with no sugar.

Vegan Matcha Latte

(Pro tip: this place is very small, and busy on the weekends. They are quieter on the weekdays, which might be your best bet to drop by.)

Sweethaus
135 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg

Sweehaus, Williamsburg. Photo Cred: Yelp

Sweethaus is one of my favorite cafes in Brooklyn. It is actually a cupcake cafe, and they don’t advertise their matcha at all, so getting a matcha latte here is kind of like a hidden gem.

The atmosphere can’t be beat. They have the cutest marble tables, great music, and a chill espresso bar. It is a great place to sit and get work done or meet someone for a tea/coffee. Their matcha comes from Harney & Sons teas, and they make their matcha lattes with almond milk. It is sooo good. Come for the tea, stay for the vibes.

Sweethaus, Williamsburg

Enjoy, and let me know if you have some must-try matcha faves!

 

 

 

Sip These Teas to Soothe Your Stomach, Lose Weight, and Get Clear Skin

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