If you are stuck in a boring rut of prepackaged “health” foods, or the same bland fish and spinach all the time, its time to try a list of healthy foods to lose weight and hopefully you find them new, interesting, and of course healthy.
Not all of these will be new to you most likely, but my hope is that you will be reminded of something you haven’t had in a while, or that you’ll be inspired to try. After all, healthy shouldn’t be boring!
Eat the Rainbow
Eating healthfully should be fun and rewarding, not drudgery or a list of rules to follow.
One way to have fun with food is to try to “eat the rainbow.” “ROY G. BIV” is an acronym you may have learned in school as a way to remember the colors of the rainbow. Let’s review. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.
Here’s the really fun and neat thing. If you” eat the rainbow” and have ROY G. BIV on your plate, you will be eating healthfully. (Obviously, the only other rule is that you can’t use food coloring to get any of the colors, since that defeats the purpose of eating the rainbow.)
Having a colorful plate means that you get to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including some you may not have heard of before. The list below is in alphabetical order. Here’s wishing you a colorful and healthy eating experience!
It is a tropical fruit that combines the flavors of pineapple and banana. Unsurprisingly, it is also called a “custard apple” and it truly is delicious.
Traditionally eaten as a spring tonic to “clear the blood” as Grandma would say, dandelion greens are packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K C, and B2.
Interestingly, I have seen a similar combination sold online and have friends who use it for energy. They tell me it tastes terrible, though, so you are probably better off eating dandelion!
You can eat dandelion greens raw (they are bitter though, so be prepared for the flavor) or use them in an omelet like you would spinach or another vegetable.
Most commonly, though, folks will eat them sautéed or braised, usually with bacon bits for flavor (and probably to cut the bitterness. The Smithsonian published a nice article on the history of eating dandelions.
They include several recipes and additional ideas for how to eat dandelion greens. Other parts of the lowly dandelion are also edible, and if you have children, they will probably enjoy trying the flowers.
For the adults, you may prefer to wait a while and enjoy a sweet dandelion wine instead.
However, don’t limit yourself to the processed and watered-down versions available in convenience stores.
The actual dragon fruit is easily spotted, with its distinctive horny outer shell. Simply cut it in half, scoop out the pulp, and enjoy!
The “Horned Melon” (as it’s sometimes called) looks so weird that it actually once made an appearance in Star Trek. The flavor is described as a blend of cucumber, lime, and banana.
This one I haven’t tried (yet!) so if you have, drop a comment down below and let me know what you thought!
When I did a Google search for this unique food, the first search result was for the Orthodox Church of America, and other hits on the first page included a link to the Organic Consumers Association and a site to track shipping in Argentina.
The food itself didn’t appear on the first page of results. And that’s too bad, because this South American tuber is a delicious alternative to regular white potatoes and yams.
Colorful and slightly tangier, the oca can be used wherever you would use potatoes, sweet potatoes, or yams. Your best chance at finding some is to find a farmer’s market that has other South American produce.
Here you can learn more about the oca (NOT the Orthodox Church form 😉) with links for several recipes.
Pate is high in Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, selenium and riboflavin, as well as essential minerals like copper and iron. Enjoy pate in moderation, with crackers and crudités.
Because of the high calorie and fat content, it’s easy to overeat on pate. Save this food for special occasions or serve yourself a small portion as part of a snack.
This is a great way to get plenty of antioxidants, fiber, and anti-inflammatory goodies. You may have had pickled ginger without knowing. It’s the thin pink slices that come with your sushi, or the side.
Traditionally used for stomach discomfort and indigestion, ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that can ease arthritis and other aches and pains.
If you like the flavor of cauliflower but bemoan the lack of color, grab some Romanesco. This odd fractal-like vegetable has all the mild flavor and deliciousness of cauliflower, with more color, interestingness, and bioflavonoids.
It is also known as Roman cabbage and makes a great addition to your repertoire of vegetables.
It is something you’ve probably heard of. It’s a squash that can be cooked like spaghetti, and it makes a great substitute for pasta. Spaghetti squash is more than just a low-calories stand-in for the empty calories and high carb count of most pasta, its healthy for real.
This squash is high in fiber and contains up to ten percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6. And unlike some of the more exotic options on this list, you should be able to find spaghetti squash at your local farmer’s market or veggie stand.
It is (pronounced KEEN-wah) is an ancient grain that is only now becoming more widely known in the United States. Quinoa has its origins in Chile, Peru, and Bolivia in the Andes Mountains among the Inca people.
Technically it isn’t a grain at all, it’s a seed, growing on a broad-leaved plant that gets to be six to nine feet tall.
The tiny seeds are chock-full of goodness—high in fiber, antioxidants, and nourishment. My favorite thing about quinoa is its versatility.
Boiled, roasted, or ground into flour, there are many ways to prepare this grain. You can add it to salads, throw it into your soup, or bake scrumptious bread or cookies.
I like to keep some in the cupboard and add it to pasta or rice just for some variety or throw a little into the cookie dough to add some extra crunch.
Enjoy Your Food!
Have fun eating the rainbow and trying out new foods. I’m sure this list of healthy foods to lose weight is missing some awesome foods I may have not tried yet. Let me know in the comments below or share your experience with some that you have tried.