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Brittany Dawson, the CampusRiot Campus Representative for the University of South Carolina, is a junior studying English at the University of South Carolina.

 Can we keep it real for a ‘sec?

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We all know losing weight is hard. Temptation is everywhere! Truthfully, it can be difficult to live a healthy lifestyle when fast food restaurants, bakeries, and other guilty pleasures are easily accessible. Are you tired of eating bland, “healthy” foods that suck? *Drum roll please* Alas! Foods that are low in calories and taste incredible actually exist! Instead of filling your stomach with processed foods, try some of these low-calorie superfoods:

 What is a superfood?

Let’s be clear: a superfood is not a cape-wearing broccoli that saves the world from crime (although that would be nice). Superfoods are JAM PACKED with nutrients and are relatively low in calories.

1. Salmon

Salmon is a protein powerhouse full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to help cell function. A recommended serving size is between 4 to 6 ounces. It may seem small, but salmon can be a filling meal.

 2. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of dietary fiber. Have you ever made homemade sweet potato fries? No? Well now is a perfect time to learn! You can have the best of both worlds, but in a healthier way.

 3. Oats

Whether you’re a fan of oatmeal or oat bars, a warm bowl of oats every morning is sure to keep you full during the day!  Oats are also known to lower cholesterol levels.

 4. Broccoli

Broccoli is the vitamin veggie. Vitamins A, K, C, and B-6 make broccoli the model superfood.

 5. Greek Yogurt

Okay, you cannot eat the entire tub of yogurt, no matter how delicious it may be. But plain Greek yogurt can replace some of your favorite high-calorie dips and sauces, like ranch dressing, mayonnaise, you name it! Plain Greek yogurt is devoid of artificial sweeteners, which is a major plus!

 6. Dark Chocolate

Hi, my name is Brittany and I’m addicted to chocolate…but really, who would have thought dark chocolate can be a superfood?  Admittedly, it is recommended to eat no more than an ounce per day. Dark chocolate is rich of antioxidants, a must-have for a healthy heart.

 7. Avocado

Life would be a blur of confusions if we did not have avocado.  Despite its high protein content, it is considered a fatty food. Just like dark chocolate, eat avocados in moderation. Try eating half an avocado instead.

8. Blueberries

Mmm, blueberries! This colorful fruit can be added to salads, smoothies, or enjoyed alone. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can help promote a healthy brain.

 9. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is a vitamin-friendly food high in Vitamin C and A. If your immune system needs a boost, grapefruit is the go to fruit (unintentional rhyme)!

 10. Papaya

All hail the papaya! Papayas can be used in salads or soups. They are also believed to help digestion.

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11. Quinoa

Quinoa is a great replacement for pasta or rice. When cooked, quinoa turns into a fluffy consistency similar to rice. Give it a try!

12. Pomegranate

Apparently there is an art to opening pomegranates. Nonetheless, pomegranate is a wonderful source of dietary fiber and potassium.

13. Kale

Similar to broccoli, kale is a high-nutrient veggie. In order to benefit from these nutrients, try steaming kale. Kale can lower your risk of cancer!

14. Beets

Beets are an incredible source of fiber, folate, and Vitamin C. They also have a sweet taste when cooked!

15. Prunes

Prunes can be eaten plain or used to make prune juice. Beware, prunes are very high in fiber and assist with digestion. Unless you want to make the bathroom your home, don’t eat so many before class.

16. Soybeans

Soybeans are a cute way to spruce up a boring salad. You can prosper from its health benefits in small portions. One ounce of soybeans yields approximately 5 grams of protein!

17. Spinach

Spinach can be added to any meal, even a protein smoothie! Regardless, if you’re looking to create a colorful salad, add spinach to spruce up your meal. Spinach is packed with vitamin C, A, and E!

 What is your favorite superfood?

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