1. Chia Seeds
They are touted as one of the most healthy foods on Earth, and have been gaining devoted advocates over the past decade or so. Other than being a nutrient powerhouse and loaded with antioxidants, their top benefit as a slimming ingredient is that they are a super fibre source. In fact, they contain about 40 per cent fibre by weight, so they are one of the best sources of fibre you can get.
2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
One of the best healthy fats you can find packed in a bottle, extra virgin olive oil is also brimming with antioxidants and s. Many health advocates swear by it, and use it to boost the flavour of everything they prepare in the kitchen – from breads and salads to pastas to stir-fries. Its monosaturated fats help reduce the risk of heart diseases and is a fantastic ingredient for your weight loss diet.
3. Jam Spread
Jam spreads are the best way to spruce up a piece of plain toast or scone. What you want is to choose ones made from real fruit and quality ingredients. We love Dalmatia Organic Adriatic Fig Orange Spread for it’s tangy, rich and full-flavoured taste. Figs are known to aid weight loss, and this organic spread, which also won Best Organic Jam in The Weekly‘s Domestic Diva Awards 2017, is made using quality hand-picked figs from Croatia, so you know you are getting the good stuff. At $6.90 per bottle, from all FairPrice Finest and Isetan supermarkets.
By now you would have heard the myriad of benefits that this superfood provides. It is easy and convenient to prepare and also a very versatile food – serve it during breakfast as a cereal, mixed into your salads for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. The fluffy and light texture makes it easy to digest, and its high fibre content means it’s also one of the top slimming ingredients you must have in your pantry always.
Try our Quinoa Salad With Broccoli & Orange recipe.
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5. Dark Chocolate
Not only is it packed with antioxidants, but dark chocolate has been known to have some slimming powers too. It is super versatile, you can snack on its own, or use it in your baking or create other treats. Make sure you choose a quality chocolate brand with at least 70 per cent cocoa content or higher.
A great alternative to ice-cream, yoghurt is one of the top slimming foods you can stock in your fridge. It helps to balance your gut health with probiotics, and comes packed with other nutrients to aid day-to-day well-being. Its versatility means you can also choose to prepare in various ways and can used in many recipes (try our Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt recipe here), and you’ll feel guilt-free each time!
Some people swear by drinking water with lemons soaked in it as they claim it helps them lose weight. Most importantly, drinking lemon water replaces the need or craving for other sweet drinks so in a way that helps you cut down extra sugars. Lemons can also be used in many of your dishes to add a tangy flavour, and they are packed with vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
It’s often used a digestive aid to help relieve bloating and indigestion, which can in turn help slim down the appearance of your tummy. Other than using it to cook and as garnishing, you can make hot ginger tea which is an effective slimming drink. Ginger can be kept for up to a month in the fridge, so it’s easy to make sure it’s always stocked in your pantry.