Many of us think of celery as a great weight loss food because we know that our bodies burn more calories to break it down than what the food itself provides. When we eat celery, we are actually burning more calories than what we are consuming. But celery is not the only vegetable with that property.
The following five vegetables not only burn more calories in their digestion than what they contain, but they are also very satiating. They help keep us feeling full for a longer period of time, and introduce the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to function optimally, perform athletically, and lose weight.
1. Alfalfa sprouts
I love alfalfa sprouts because they can easily be added to any sandwich or salad or even soup. You can also grow them at home, which is cheaper, more convenient, and they harvest in only seven days.
These sprouts contain an impressive amount of nutrients that include calcium, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. They also include a full range of vitamins A, B complex (even B12), C, E and K, and can be a source of chlorophyll.
Alfalfa sprouts reduce inflammation, which make them helpful for people with arthritis or any other inflammatory disease. They also help lower blood pressure and boost the immune system by increasing the activity of our natural killer cells.
Watercress adds a burst of freshness and flavor to any dish. I like to add it to my eggs and salads. Watercress has many disease-prevention properties, particularly for Alzheimer's and osteoporosis. This is because of its high calcium and vitamin K content, which is important for bone formation and strengthening, as well as limiting neurological damage in the brain.
Watercress is also high in beta carotene and vitamin C, making it a powerful antioxidant and important for immune system support while the potassium in watercress works to control heart rate and blood pressure by reducing the effects of sodium in our diet.