Staying within a healthy weight range is one of the keys to healthier spine. Considering the fact that overweight people are more susceptible to back pain, you may need to lose some weight to keep your spine healthy. How do you do it? Here are some excellent summer meals NJ chiropractic experts recommend to help you successfully manage your weight and prevent back pain.
Summer Meals for Weight Loss
Numerous studies show that starting a meal with low-calorie, broth-based soup can fill you up fast, especially if you load it up with a lot of chunky vegetables. However, you may want to try chilled soups during these hot summer months to beat the heat and still get the results you need. If this sounds appealing to you, consider serving curried corn and coconut soup, peach, basil and tomato gazpacho, creamy carrot and tomato soup and/or cucumber-dill soup. These will fill you up without packing in a lot of calories.
With the abundance of fresh produce during the season, you can feast on grilled veggies without feeling an ounce of guilt about doing so. Simply throw in some onions, bell peppers, carrots, asparagus, eggplant, and zucchini on the grill, drizzle them with olive oil to give them a nice flavor, and enjoy. You can also use grilled veggies when preparing salads, pitas, pasta and frittatas for a more delectable and healthy meal.
Salads are perfect for people who want to lose weight without starving. All you need to do is rinse, slice and toss an assortment of vegetables and fruits, add some low-fat cheese, nuts and your favorite vinaigrette, and you can have a healthy meal within minutes. You can even go light on the dressing and cut calories even further by adding herbs to the mix.
Contrary to what most people believe, you can still enjoy pasta even if you are on a diet as long as you follow these simple tips:
- Use whole grain pasta since it contains more fiber and is more filling.
- Control your portions.
- Cook your pasta al dente.
- Choose tomato-based sauces since cream-based sauces have more calories and fat.
- Don’t forget to add in the veggies.
Consider adding these NJ chiropractic expert approved meals to your diet and you can effectively lower your risk of back pain. To learn more about our weight loss programs call 201-746-6577