Intelligence For Your Life :: Slim Down With These Holiday Superfoods!

Let’s be honest, willpower isn’t the most effective way to prevent holiday weight gain. Especially with plates of cookies and tubs of leftovers everywhere you look. But a few holiday superfoods can help you start the New Year slimmer:

  • Turkey. Dr. Steven Pratt is the author of SuperFoods Prescription. And he says skinless turkey breast contain niacin, selenium and zinc - three nutrients that are essential for boosting your metabolism and increasing your calorie burn.
  • Berries. According to the Mayo Clinic, high-fiber, low-calorie treats like raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries help us feel fuller, longer. If winter berry prices give you sticker shock, go for frozen. They’re just as healthy, and have a longer shelf life.
  • Cinnamon. Research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that eating a quarter teaspoon of cinnamon a day controls the insulin spikes that make us crave sweets. And will make the towers of cookies and candies less tempting.
  • Nuts. Harvard University researchers found that dieters who got a third of their overall calories from the healthy fats found in nuts were more likely to avoid holiday weight gain than those who didn’t.