Have you ever been on a diet? After utilizing a lot of willpower not to eat all of your favorite comfort foods, you're often left with a few choices, which, over the course of a month or two, can become quite ... well, boring.
If you're trying to maintain your figure but need to add some additional zest into your everyday recipes, look to these often overlooked power ingredients. They'll work with the minerals and vitamins you're getting through your weight loss supplements, and are easy to incorporate into any meal!
Chefs often hail the power of a simple sauté made of garlic and butter, but you can enjoy the health benefits of garlic without any fattening butter as well! Just sub in some delectable olive oil or coconut oil, and you'll benefit from the many antioxidants found in this delicious food. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic's antioxidants may help maintain a body's circulatory and immune health as well. Roasted or sautéd garlic can be enjoyed in soups, salads, on top of toasted breads or even as an after-dinner digestive aid - just be sure to you have some mints on hand as well!
Mangoes are a delectable tropical fruit that many forget about. Most grocery stores stock mangoes year-round, so stop steering your cart straight to the apples and bananas every week! According to recent research cited in Lipids in Health and Disease journal, African mangos may even help individuals lose or better maintain a healthy weight, according to Dr. Kimberly Beauchamp, and can be a great supplement to any weight loss plan.
While mangoes are great on their own, their sweet taste and fibrous texture make them a great addition to a number of meals. Add mango to chopped tomatoes and onions to create a delicious salsa that's healthy, sweet and savory (what a trifecta!) or add it to your next smoothie to up your daily intake of vitamin A (mangoes are chock-full of the vitamin).