Harvest Roasted Vegetables Food for Weight Loss
Fall Foods for Weight Loss
Last weekend, I exhibited at our local Oktoberfest. Before the crowds arrived, I visited some of the other exhibitors. I stopped at a display of cookware and began talking with Sarah. She shared some of the unique features of the versatile bake ware she was selling. Then she spoke about her recent diet disappointment. She was so exasperated.
Sarah had lost 50 pounds on the Ideal Protein Diet. Then she ran out of money to buy the products. She not only regained the 50 pounds she’d lost, but gained 20 more. How heartbreaking! The bottom line is Sarah gained a net total of 20 pounds on the Ideal Protein Diet.
So, let’s look at building a healthy relationship with food this fall, so you can lose the extra weight and keep it off instead of having another round of disappointments with the latest fad diet.
Starting at your very first breath you begin to formulate a relationship with food, and as you grow that relationship gets more intricate and complex.
As an adolescent and teenager what you ate may not have been of much concern. But the day eventually came when your metabolism slowed and the value of your diet became of extreme importance.
With your weight loss being one of your top priorities, you are beginning to understand the importance of what you eat and how certain foods affect your body.
THE CONUNDRUM OF WHICH FOODS TO EAT!
There is endless information out there on what is good for you and what isn’t. This immense amount of info may make you feel overwhelmed. One thing that is certain and well-known is that fruits and vegetables are good for you. What isn’t as commonly known is every food has a different macro and micro-nutrient composition. So which foods are full of what?
You may find it surprising which foods are nutritional powers houses and which are not as beneficial as perceived. Below is a list of 7 Power Vegetables and their attributes that you may find useful in super-charging your weight loss now as the weather turns cooler.
- High in vitamins A, B-complex, and C
- Root is high in carbohydrate
- High in calcium
- High in vitamin C
- Low in sodium and high in potassium
- High in carbohydrate
- Contains lutein and zeaxanthi for eye health
- Contains calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and chlorophyll
- High in antioxidants
- Contain anti-allergy, antiviral and antihistamine properties
- High in carotenoids
- Contain calcium and thiamine
- High in vitamins A and C
- High in lycopene, flavonoids and other phytochemicals
- Contain A and B-complex vitamins, potassium and phosphorus
Interested in other super foods? Check out our Super Foods blog post.
RECIPE FOR ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES
Here’s a super easy way to use the beets, onions, and sweet potatoes from our Power Vegetables list and combine them with other fall root vegetables for a hearty tasting side dish.
Yield: 4 Servings (1 cup each)
4 medium-sized root vegetables (variety of potatoes, rutabagas, turnips, parsnips, beets, sweet potatoes, ect.)
2 chopped carrots
1 medium chopped onion
¼ cup olive or canola oil
3 tablespoons parmesean cheese
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
Your favorite spices for seasoning
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees (we use 400 F for better browning)
- Cut vegetables into large chunks
- Place in medium bowl and pour oil over top. Add seasonings and parmesan and mix well.
- Spread an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour or until tender. Check a few vegetables to see if tender.
Adapted from Montana State University Extension Nutrition Education Program.
By choosing the right weight loss program you will begin to understand which foods you should be eating. On top of this, you will continue your nutritional education and cultivate a stronger awareness of your relationship with food.
Remember, learning what to eat is a process. Help yourself stay motivated by liking and exploring our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/SlimDownAndWin
Yours in Joy and Health,
Kay Loughrey, RD
The Nutritionist Who Makes Life Delicious
Thank you to Caylee Chacon, Intern, who provided the content for this blog post.