If you’re addicted to carbs, squash is going to be your new favorite food. About 90% of total calories in squash come from carbohydrates, but this vegetable is full of the good type of carbs that won’t raise your glucose levels, making it a smart choice for diabetics. Squash also contains the right type of fibers that induce weight loss. Eating this starchy vegetable will leave you just as satisfied as if you’d feasted on bread or pasta. Aim to eat about 1 cup of starchy vegetables like squash per day to feel full.
Try Dr. Fuhrman’s Roasted Vegetable Salad, made with squash and other nutrient-dense foods.
Nuts and seeds are the best way to incorporate fat into your diet. Dr. Fuhrman recommends using full-fat nuts in place of oil in every salad dressing. Most people end up using close to 400 calories of olive oil per salad from dressings alone. Fat-free and low-fat salad dressings actually make you gain weight because they prevent your body from fully absorbing the nutrients in an otherwise healthy salad. The fat in cashews, conversely, will help you soak up all the health benefits from the other ingredients in the salad. They provide the healthy fat you need without the empty calories.
Using savory foods like cashews to make homemade dressings. You’ll eventually begin to crave the savory tastes of these salads. Create Dr. Fuhrman’s famous four-ingredient dressing by blending cashews, sesame seeds, white wine vinegar and oranges. Get the recipe.
You can also try Dr. Fuhrman’s version of Thousand Island dressing, also made with cashews and other healthful and savory ingredients.