By Guest Blogger Kate Horney

Let’s face it, as busy moms, we have a lot on our metaphorical “plates.” From diapers to dishes, laundry to little league – busy moms need all the help we can get when it comes to balancing hunger, managing cravings, and giving us energy to get through our busy days.

That’s why what we put on our actual PLATES is so important. It’s not about cutting calories, it’s about putting the right foods on our plates.  Why?  Because while calories are important- it’s the HORMONAL impact of our food that really promotes fat-burning or storage.

Fat Loss power foods, and really all fat loss friendly foods in general, have more protein and/or fiber compared to carbohydrate and have a higher fiber content compared to total carbohydrate, so you can eat MORE of them.  Among other benefits, these foods help to stabilize blood sugar and dramatically decrease hunger and cravings.

Here are two things that are particularly useful for busy moms:

1) Protein powder:  Protein powders are naturally high in BCAAs that are easy to digest. They immediately supply the muscles with high quality protein, which directly correlates to an increase in physical performance and enhanced body composition.

Keep protein powder hand and simply stir a scoop into 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk or water for a quick and easy fat loss power snack.

3) Fibrous veggies– When it comes to high fiber veggies, you can’t eat too many!  In addition to providing your body with lots of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale) are known for being estrogen detoxifiers.  When looking to balance insulin and estrogen levels in women seeking fat loss, fiber is a great tool to help lower insulin and aid in removal of possible estrogen metabolites.

Steamed, raw or roasted, fibrous veggies are great power foods that you can keep cut up and ready for snacking and cooking.

By ditching the diet and eating MORE of the “right” foods instead, you’ll not only balance hunger energy and cravings to feel good – but you’ll look great as well!

Try these two power foods for moms and report back … let us know what you think!

Kate Horney is part of the Momsanity Team, which is a community of Moms striving to achieve balance through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. You can read more about this amazing program here.