Exotic superfoods for weight loss is a fashionable word and gaining popularity in social media diet trends. Health and fitness enthusiasts are seen promoting expensive imported fruits, veggies and nuts. Exotic superfoods are loaded with multiple nutrients which are undoubtedly good for weight loss in a healthier way, but there are alternative local and seasonal superfoods which are equally or sometimes more nutritious.
Staying fit and healthy is not necessarily an expensive affair, you don’t have to spend a lot for weight loss while keeping your health intact. Choose your local grown and seasonal foods that are more affordable and easily accessible.
Winter is a time when warm food soothes your body and soul. It’s the season when we all look for comfort food, a food that keeps us warm. Generally the foods that contain fats, protein and carbohydrates are good to keep you warm as they take time to digest and produce heat in the body.
Exotic superfoods are too expensive for many people to include in their daily diet. The good news is there are lots of alternatives for these superfoods to get fit and healthy in winters.
If you are trying to lose weight this winter by including exotic superfoods in your diet, my suggestion is to check these local and seasonal foods that I am going to suggest in this blog.
Some alternatives of exotic superfoods with local ones with similar traits –
1. Amla/Gooseberry Vs Goji berry and Blueberry
Amla or gooseberry is an excellent alternative for goji berry and blueberries. These exotic berries are rich in vitamin C, boost immunity and aids in weight loss but amla(Indian gooseberry) is 20times more dense local and seasonal food. It also has anti-ageing, immunity boosting properties and aids in weight loss. Amla is known as the “King of winter foods”. Amla or gooseberry boosts metabolism and is rich in fiber, that’s why it aids in weight loss. The presence of fiber regulates digestion, eases the bowel movement and improves gut health.
2. Guava Vs Kiwi
Both the fruits are super healthy and good for weight loss, but in comparison to kiwi, guava contains more fiber and provides more essential vitamins. Guava provides ample amounts of vitamin A, C and riboflavin and is cheaper and easily available everywhere during winters.
3. Peanut Vs Brazilian nut and Hazel nut
Brazilian nut and hazel nut are high in nutritional levels but peanut is also equally valuable in nutritional level. Peanuts are easily available and affordable in comparison to Brazilian and hazel nuts and have almost the same nutritional and health benefits as the more expensive nuts.
Peanuts are effective in weight loss as they are high in healthy unsaturated fats and have high satiety levels, which keeps you full for longer. In winters peanuts are the powerhouse of nutrients, a good source of plant base protein. It will be beneficial to consume peanuts in winters as it prevents you from seasonal diseases, but keep a check on the amount of peanuts you consume. It will be beneficial to consume peanuts in moderation.
4. Spinach Vs Kale and Lettuce
All these leafy green vegetables are powerhouse of nutrients and helpful in weight loss. When you are on a weight loss journey it is quite obvious that the exotic veggies like kale and lettuce come to your mind, but the fact is humble spinach can easily beat them down. Healthy fresh spinach is easily available in the market in the winters. It is more nutritious with ample amounts of folate, vitamin A and K and more fiber.
5. Amaranth/Rajgira Vs Quinoa
These both grains are power-packed with numerous health benefits and aids in weight loss. But if we compare, amaranth is more rich in protein, micronutrients and fiber than quinoa. Amaranth/Rajgira is one of the comfort foods in winters that keeps you warm on the inside and because of the high content of soluble and insoluble fiber, it is an excellent option for weight loss.
6. Flaxseeds Vs Chia seeds
Both of these seeds are rich in protein, healthy fats and fiber to keep you warm in winters. Flaxseeds and chai seeds are well known examples for weight loss. Undoubtedly both are excellent sources of fiber, reduce cholesterol levels and promote intestinal health, but flaxseeds are slightly higher in minerals and Omega-3 contents and easily available and more affordable than chia seeds.
Certainly all these foods that I suggested here are ideal choices in winter to stay healthy and lose weight. As apart from being packed with nutrition, they are rich in fiber, which make them to take time to digest. It produces heat in the body and keep you warmer in winters and all these foods are quite affordable and equivalent in nutrition to their expensive imported counterparts.