1. Broccoli. When brainstorming what to have for dinner, think about filling half of your plate with brightly colored vegetables like broccoli. It’s low in calories, and high in water and fiber content to help you feel full, plus it ups your ability to burn fat. The florets contains calcium and vitamin C, and can slow the production of thyroid hormones in people with thyroid disease. Spinach, kale, and red peppers are great veggie choices as well.
2. Legumes. Beans and lentils help to boost iron, which in turn helps your body work efficiently to burn calories. One cup of lentils provides about 35 percent of your daily iron needs, and paired with a grain like quinoa, you’ll get plenty of protein in your meal. Red beans are full of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which lowers insulin levels after digestion so your body stores less fat.
3. Turkey and chicken. Low-fat protein like turkey chicken give you a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time and, thus, help hold cravings at bay. Additionally, the lean meat if full of iron to keep your energy up and helps fuel your muscles during and after exercise.