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Fat Burning Foods Day 7

All right, today is day 7 of the fat burning foods.   I can’t believe this is the 8th week of 2009 already.

Yikes!

Although I’m very excited about getting rid of this damned weather.  Every year I learn to hate winter more and more.

Anyway, over the past 7 weeks we’ve gone over a lot of good fat burning foods and just like I said on day one…these foods individually don’t have much of an impact, but when you take these fat burning foods and combine them, routinely, day-by-day and week-by-week, you will notice weight loss, muscle building and toning and better health.

The fat burning foods we’ve gone over are green beans, raspberries, black beans, broccoli, pineapple, and peanuts.  Those are all really great foods, and I hope you’ve been adding them to your daily diet.

Today’s fat burning food is something a little different…

…it’s Pumpkin seeds.

Not many people think of pumpkin seeds as being a fat burning food, or a healthy food, or even a food at all. Most people just think they’re mixed in with the gook and slime when you scoop out he pumpkin to carve it around Halloween.

But Pumpkin seeds are a very nutritious and excellent fat burning food.

For starters, they’re loaded with vitamins, minerals and protein.

They’re also high in carotenoids (phytonutrients) and Omega-3 fatty acids.  You can actually buy Pumpkin seed oil at many health food stores.

The serving size is ¼ cup and they contain roughly 190 calories – which you may need to watch out for if you’re trying to lose weight.  It’s pretty easy to just slam the things down and gobble up hundreds of calories without giving it a second thought.

They’ve got around 9 grams of protein per serving, and 6 grams of carbs (only .3 are sugar).

The reason they’re so high in calories for such a small serving is the fat content.  But they’re the “good” fats.  The ones that you’re normally told are found in almonds, salmon, fish oil pills, etc.

Because of their nutrient content, not only are they great fat burning foods, but also they’re great for your overall health.  They’ve been shown to protect against osteoporosis, they have anti-inflammatory benefits, and have shown some promise in prostate cancer protection, as well as lowering cholesterol.

A few serving ideas…

Eat them plain (duh), or sprinkle them with some sea salt, put them on top of lettuce salads, vegetables, yogurt and hot cereals.

They’re really a good topping to just about anything when you chop them up.  They don’t have much of a taste when they’re plain, so you can throw them in a lot of different dishes, get the benefit and not even know you’re eating them.

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