Cutting your calories back to a 1500 calorie diet plan can definitely help you lose weight, but to make it work long term there are some eating habits you will have to change. High protein snacks in between meals can help, but you will have to be extremely careful with what you choose for those snacks. Some high protein, but low calorie foods that you can use are whey protein mixed into a smoothie, egg whites, tuna, low-fat cottage cheese or yogurt, hummus, roasted chickpeas and salmon.

In addition to high protein snacks, here is a list of the top healthy foods to eat that most dietitians, doctors, and health buffs will give the thumbs up as far as empowering people by enhancing health (especially when cooked or prepared the right way) and aiding in weight loss.

Dark Green Veggies
Oranges & Other Citrus Fruits
Sweet Potatoes
Lean Meat
Whole Grains

Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids and protein. The really nutritious salmon is the one caught wild versus farmed salmon which tends to contain contaminants.

Dark green vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and spinach are high in antioxidant vitamins A & C, iron, calcium, fiber, and phytonutrients. Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C and folic acid. One way of cooking broccoli is to steam it a few minutes and add dash of roasted pepper with some lemon juice.

Wholesome foods like almonds (which contains as much protein per ounce as red meat and may cut heart disease risk by as much as 50 percent) and walnuts (which are high in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids) are not only strong antioxidants, but taste great, too. They are a high protein snacks that can be added sparingly to salads, smoothies, or just eaten raw.

Berries are loaded with cancer-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants, especially vitamin C. On the other hand, citrus fruits like are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and fiber, not to mention calcium, copper, folate, potassium, magnesium, niacin and vitamin B6 that contribute to proper body functioning. Grapefruit can aid in weight loss and keep the heart in tiptop shape.

The sweet potato is a nutrition booster owing to its carotenoids, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Another super food, yogurt, maximizes nutrients that the body can absorb, and helps make the digestive system healthy, while stabilizing the immune system.

The human body likewise benefits from proper servings of lean meat. It has the essential amino acids and B-complex vitamins, heme iron, plus zinc and copper for the body’s proper functioning.

Whole grains offer vitamins, magnesium, iron and fiber, and scientific studies point to how oatmeal’s soluble fiber, when consumed daily, can lower blood cholesterol and bad cholesterol, and cut the risk of heart disease.

If you are convinced that a 1500 calorie diet is your magic number to lose weight, then do it as healthy and smart as you can. Utilize high protein snacks as well as varying it with other healthy foods. Make the foods you eat as nutritionally dense as you can and you will be on the road to long-term weight loss in no time.

Are you making some serious mistakes with your diet? Then visit Angie’s blog for some ideas on high protein snacks and for some practical information on how to eat more healthy. Learn what foods can benefit you the most and discover if a 1500 calorie diet is right for you!

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