Whether you choose to be vegan or vegetarian, some of us notice significant weight loss from this new eating lifestyle. Instead of cracking and turning back to any fattening junk food, enjoy foods containing "healthy fats" which will help to keep you at a healthy, happy weight. The following foods are nutrient dense and will help to encourage a normal BMI along with the added benefit of beautiful hair, skin and nails.
1. Make pecans a between-meals snack.
Crunchy and slightly sweet, organic pecans are high-calorie nuts that will help keep you full throughout the day. Grind them into your green drinks; mix them into your cereal or stir into some coconut yogurt. And if you’re feeling ultra ravenous, take your apron out of hiding and make a vegan pecan pie for dessert!
2. Top your salad with a plethora of legumes.
If you feel like you're missing out on your morning eggs or organic chicken, not so fast! Beans are chock full of protein, high in fiber and will help keep your body at a healthy weight. Some of us get so caught up in salads and green drinks that we forget to include beans into our daily diet. Just one tablespoon contains about 41 calories (which adds up pretty fast). Use the beans to create homemade burritos topped with cashew cheese. Yum!
3. Always incorporate half an avocado into your green drink.
This one is no surprise to most. Avocados are a full fat fruit just waiting to nourish our body with omega-3s. To keep weight on your frame, be sure to add half an avocado to your morning green drinks, salads or sandwich. I personally love to mash up an entire avocado and use this as my “mock mayo" on my sandwiches. With around 100 to 200 calories per serving, this full-fat snack hits the mark when it comes to keeping a stable weight.
4. Increase carbs by consuming sweet potatoes.
Not only are sweet potatoes delicious but they contain a significant amount of carbs for maintaining good weight. These starchy, sweet-tasting treats go great with some vegan butter and a hearty shake of cinnamon. Mash one up for breakfast or serve steamed alongside your greens for dinner.
5. Full-fat nut butters.
Satisfying and full of protein, raw nut butter is decadently delicious and loaded with the healthy fats and carbs our bodies need. If you eat apples for a snack be sure to pack some nut butter alongside for what I like to call my healthy version of a “Dunk-a-roo.” Turn this into your midday treat by mixing cacao nibs into the raw almond butter for a tasty twist!
6. Eat a tablespoon of coconut oil after each meal.
Downing a tablespoon of coconut oil after each meal is a wonderful way to add a little extra “healthy fat” into your daily regime. Doing this will not only keep you fuller longer, but will help digestion as well. I also love the way coconut oil tastes combined with organic mint tea, 2 drops stevia and a little hemp milk. Whichever way you enjoy it, coconut oil is good for keeping weight up.