Just as the best workout is the one you aren't doing, the best foods for you may be the healthy ones you aren't eating.
Check out our Four Physique-Friendly Recipes that use each of the following ingredients.
According to the American Cancer Society, curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) interferes with the growth and spread of cancer.
Cilantro helps stimulate insulin release—without increasing blood sugar to do it—making it beneficial for diabetics .
A study in Nutrition & Metabolism found that hemp seeds can fight heart disease by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Kale is loaded with nutrition but is often treated heavily with toxic pesticides. The Environmental Working Group recommends buying it organic if you eat it often.
Avocado is one of the most fiber-dense fruits available, with 10 grams per cup. Fiber improves satiety, which can aid in weight loss.
A 2009 study found that consuming a food containing vinegar lowered body weight, body fat, and triglycerides in obese subjects.
Boiling bones and vegetables causes their nutrients to release. These vitamins and minerals can boost the immune system and improve intestinal health, which aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals and indirectly spurs fat loss and muscle gain. Use chicken-bone broth in any recipe that calls for stock, or in place of water to steam vegetables or boil rice or whole grains.
Vegan protein powder offers complete protein from plant sources. We like Vega Protein & Greens, which contains two servings of vegetables in each scoop.
A Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study found that subjects who consumed blueberry juice scored higher on memory tests than those taking a placebo.