Many of us have been stress-eating our way through the challenges of the past year – understandably! To quash snack attacks, consider adding lecithin to your daily diet. In one German study, adults who supplemented with this fatty acid produced 80% less of the stress hormone cortisol during trying times. And that’s good news because cortisol has been shown to drive up cravings for sugary and salty foods. To get the benefits, add 2 Tbs. of lecithin granules to smoothies, salad dressings or tea daily.
To melt stubborn pounds, an under-the-radar hero can help: bee pollen! It speeds calorie burn and enhances digestion, thanks to its rich stores of fat-dissolving lecithin and nutrients that inhibit the body’s ability to store fat. In addition, it’s high in phenylalanine, a compound shown to dampen cravings. In fact, studies found that adding bee pollen granules to a glass of lukewarm water and drinking it 20 to 30 minutes before a meal effortlessly decreases food intake by up to 20%. Try: Beekeepers Naturals Bee Pollen (Walmart.com)