Top 10 Fat-Burning Holiday Foods (Infographic)

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Feel the burn this holiday season while eating your favorite festive foods. Yes, you read that correctly: eat and feel the burn! Sneak the following foods and ingredients into your diet for extra fat burning powers.

Top ten holiday fat-burning foods infographic

Cinnamon

Spice up your diet this holiday season with this festive, low-calorie ingredient. A study conducted by the Maryland USDA Research Center found that cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels. In turn, your metabolism increases, helping your body burn fat.

Tip:

Swap sugar for a pinch of cinnamon in your favorite tea. Sprinkling cinnamon on your morning oatmeal is also an easy way to incorporate this fat-burning spice into your diet.


Sweet Potatoes

Satisfy your hunger and your taste buds this holiday season with sweet potatoes. This hearty vegetable is an excellent source of fiber, kick-starting your digestive tract to burn calories and help you feel full longer.

Tip:

Mash up your sweet potatoes and mix with fat-free Greek yogurt for a healthy and creamy holiday side dish.


Wild Salmon

Melt the fat away with wild salmon. This food is full of omega-3 fatty acids that help with the production of leptin in the body. Leptin, a hormone made by fat cells, burns fat and decreases your appetite.

Tip:

Grill salmon on a cedar plank to retain moisture and its delicious flavor. Don’t have a grill? You can also cook your salmon on a cedar plank in the oven. Season your dinner with a little maple syrup, mustard, garlic and lemon juice for a rich taste. Remember to soak the cedar plank in water for an hour before you begin using it to cook or grill.


Dark Chocolate

Indulge in some decadent dark chocolate and burn fat while you’re at it! Dark chocolate contains caffeine and is rich in the antioxidant catechin, which revs up your metabolism and burns fat.

Tip:

To utilize its fat-burning benefits, limit yourself to just a one-inch square of dark chocolate a day. Moreover, make sure your dark chocolate of choice is at least 70 percent cocoa to avoid too many unnecessary sugars.


Turkey

Gobble up turkey this season to feel the burn. The lean protein in turkey satisfies your hunger and boosts your metabolism, adding to its fat-burning powers.

Tip:

Choose lean, skinless and white cuts of turkey to reap this food’s fat-burning benefits.


Pears

Snack on a pear and you’ll most likely feel full since this super fruit is packed with fiber. Pears also contain pectin, which binds to water and limits the amount of excess fat your body acquires.

Tip:

Add pear slices to your leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich.


Quinoa

The benefits of this grain are endless: it’s gluten-free, contains fat-burning proteins, doesn’t have saturated fat, keeps you feeling full and satisfied and is extremely versatile.

Tip:

Make quinoa your go-to breakfast to keep your energy level up until lunch. Sprinkle cinnamon and dried fruit on top for a warm and hearty dish.


Berries

Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries are all excellent sources of nutrients and all contain pectin, which helps control the amount of excess fat your body absorbs.

Tip:

Tossing berries into a cup of fat-free Greek yogurt is a delicious and filling treat.


Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor and extra fat tissue away. Fiber-rich apples also keep your stomach from rumbling and add just the right amount of sweetness.

Tip:

Cut your traditional apple pie or apple crisp into smaller, bite-size pieces to have better control over the portions.


Garlic

Garlic not only adds a punch of flavor, but also contains the compound allicin that helps reduce unhealthy fats in the body.

Tip:

For a simple and healthy holiday side dish, roast kale in the oven with a clove of garlic and a little kosher salt and olive oil.


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