3 ways to slim down

Salmon, lentils and nut butters might not be among your favorite foods, but eating them can have a huge payoff―especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Work these nutritional stars into your weekly menu with some tasty serving ideas.

1. Salmon

Superpower: The omega-3 fatty acids in this fish will ward off the hunger pangs that often accompany a diet, according to a study published in the journal Appetite.

How to get more: Try frozen salmon burgers or use canned salmon in place of tuna in salad.

2. Lentils

Superpower:  These legumes keep your energy levels steady, which can be key in keeping hunger at bay, found a review published by The Cochrane Library.

How to get more: Stir some cooked lentils into pasta sauce for a hearty dish.

3. Nut butters

Superpower: Peanut, almond and cashew butters are a good source of satisfying protein, which can keep you from overindulging in other foods. In fact, dieters who snacked on peanut butter reduced their cravings for starchy and sweet foods for up to two and a half hours, reports The International Journal of Obesity.

How to get more: Make a smoothie with a spoonful of your favorite nut butter― bananas and peanut butter make one particularly tasty combination.


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