This anti-aging recipe is sweet, spicy, and just plain delicious. Plus, it’s one of the easiest weight loss recipes to make when you’re pinched for time. The two main ingredients in this homemade salsa are, of course, pineapple and avocado, both of which are great foods for weight loss.
Aside from the fact that they add a natural sweetness to the dish, pineapples are also loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients, but fare well in terms of their calorie count—a cup of pineapple chunks is only about 83 calories. And because the fruit has fewer calories per gram, it helps to make you feel full without eating a lot of it. Pineapples also belong on the list of foods for weight loss because they contain bromelain, a natural enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties that’s believed to help with digestion. Plus, pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C—105% of your daily recommended intake in one cup—as well as manganese, copper, fiber, and vitamins B6 and B1.
The second key ingredient in this weight loss recipe, avocado, is considered to be one of the best foods for weight loss. Yes avocadoes contain fat, but it’s the good kind of fat that actually benefits your health, thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects. The oleic acid in avocadoes fills you up and was shown in a 2013 study to help reduce belly fat. The monounsaturated fat in avocadoes has also been shown to regulate certain fat genes that can prevent the distribution of fat around the abdominal area. If you’re still not convinced that avocadoes are a good ingredient for weight loss recipes, consider this: they’re also known to help regulate blood sugar levels and support healthy cardiovascular function.
The best part about this Zesty Pineapple and Avocado Salsa recipe is that it’s perfect as a topping on grilled chicken or seafood, instead of using fatty, sugar-filled sauces and condiments. Alternatively, it makes for a great snack. Adding a little bit of quinoa also gives it a little more substance to make it its own standalone meal.
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