Can eating help you lose weight? Yes! Here are nine foods you can eat to support your healthy diet and help you to shed pounds.


Studies have shown that people find mushroom-based entrees as satisfying as those made with lean beef. Mushrooms are far lower in calories than beef, and certain varieties such as shiitake and maitake mushrooms have been shown to reduce inflammation. Try a variety of mushrooms in this lovely Rustic Mushroom Tart recipe.


Starting the day with protein-rich eggs will keep you feeling full longer. Serve them to the whole family with this recipe for Quick and Easy Breakfast Tacos.


Apples have less than 100 calories each, and they’re full of fiber. Try them in this refreshing recipe for Apple-Jicama Slaw and save a few to slice and pack in your kids’ lunches.


Starting a meal with soup prepares your body for digestion and curbs your appetite before you dig into more calorie-dense dishes. Try starting your next family dinner with this Spinach Soup With Rosemary Croutons.

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Studies have shown that people eat less when the dish they’re eating is spicy. Test this out with our spicy Sirloin and Portobello Stew recipe. You can make a milder version for the kiddies and add extra heat to your portion to taste.


Beans are high in fiber, meaning it takes longer to digest them. Translation: you’ll feel full longer than when you eat low-fiber foods. Try this recipe for our Shredded Turkey and Pinto Bean Burritos. This lean, protein-filled meal is a perfect lunch or dinner for any young athletes in your house, too.

Green Tea

Green tea contains antioxidants that speed your metabolism. Try brewing a hot mug of your favorite variety, or make a delicious Iced Mint Green Tea. This can double as a great afterschool snack.


Pears have even more fiber than apples. The next time you’re doing a grown-up gathering, try using our Pear and Dried Apricot Salsa! It’s unexpected and will get you a hostess star for sure.


Cinnamon can help curb post-meal insulin spikes. Try sprinkling it on your morning oatmeal or make cinnamon toast for your kids. It tastes great on Eating Well’s recipe for Overnight Oats! 

Want more? Don’t miss our 6 Foods to Boost Your Metabolism!