We all tend to enjoy High-calorie foods as delicacies. They provide instant energy and are delectable enough to make you wanna cheat on your boring diets once in a while. What if you can enjoy these guilty pleasures and still avoid weight gain and health problems? Seems like a dream come true.

Our body constantly needs the energy to function properly. It not only helps you fight infections but also is important to maintain your BMR. While you are on a calorie deficit diet, your body starts to burn its energy reserves rapidly, making you crave junk food and fried dishes as quick fixes for energy loss. Though, most of them contain unhealthy fats that lead to conditions like obesity, high cholesterol, and other cardiovascular problems.

But don’t worry you don’t really have to part with all the yummy food. There is a range of such pleasant foods that you can munch on without worrying about piling up kilos.

Avocado
Avocados are about 77% fat which makes them higher in calories than some animal foods. However, most of this fat is in the form of unsaturated fatty acids, which are considered to be healthy for your cardiovascular and brain health.

They contain ample amounts of potassium and fibre, which makes them an excellent source of energy, while at the same time stopping your blood sugar levels from spiking.

And the best part is that they taste divine. Just slice them and eat raw or add them to your salads. You can also be a bit creative and make an avocado smoothie or shake.

Cheese
It is a common notion that consuming dairy products, especially cheese may lead to weight gain. This is because most types of cheese are quite energy dense and increase your total calorie intake for the day. However, if you look at it from another perspective, it is also one of the most nutritious foods, providing you several nutrients and minerals in a single slice. These are:

Rich in calcium, vitamin B12 and phosphorus (helps in maintaining healthy teeth, gums, etc)

  • Contain high levels of healthy proteins
  • Abundant in minerals, vitamins and healthy fats
  • Helps in reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes

Just make sure to eat a small portion size or use it as garnishing to enjoy the many flavours of this delicacy.

Dark Chocolate
Chocolates are almost considered sinful for those who are on a diet, often being associated with weight gain and even obesity. They are even regarded as one of the elements triggering eating disorders. However, this amazingly delectable food also has some health benefits if consumed properly.

  • Chocolates are 11% fibre and are super rich in iron, magnesium, and manganese. Three of the most important minerals for maintaining good health.
  • They are loaded with antioxidants, which help in lowering blood pressure levels and delaying aging signs.
  • Chocolates are also seen as really effective in improving cardiovascular health

Whole eggs
At times eggs are one of the most calorie dense foods because they contain yolks which are high in cholesterol and fats. It is also nutrient rich. Eggs are:

  • Rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Incredibly good for weight loss
  • Loaded with antioxidants, which help in protecting important body organs like eyes, heart and brain.

But like every other food, it also needs to be taken in moderation to reap all of its benefits.

Extra virgin Olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest cooking oils we can get our hands on. Although it is basically a dietary fat, it is mainly comprised of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are not only heart-friendly but also promote your overall health. Also, it is loaded with Vitamin E (promotes eye health, lowers inflammation, reduces risk of cancer, etc) and Vitamin K (maintains blood calcium, promotes bone metabolism, helps in blood clotting, etc). Quite a treat, isn’t it? Now, this doesn’t mean you can deep fry in this oil, just drizzle it on your salads or brush it on your pies to give that extra crunch.

Other foods
In order to maintain a productive lifestyle, you may also include these calorie-rich yet healthy foods in your diet.

  • Fruits and vegetables like bananas, sweet potatoes, beetroots, etc (they are fibrous, nutritious and rich in vitamins and minerals)
  • Seeds (Chia seeds: They are quite nutritious and help in maintaining blood pressure levels)
  • Legumes (kidney beans, chickpeas, soy, etc)
  • Nuts (they are rich in fibre and proteins which helps in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases)
  • Full fat yogurt (It is incredibly healthy, loaded with probiotic bacteria and helps in regulating your digestive system)
  • Coconut oil (Coconut fats are different than most of the usual fats which are said to help in curing diseases like Alzheimer's and help you lose belly fat.)

Conclusively, even though people avoid high-calorie foods, not every food which seems rich in fats or carbs is harmful. Such high-calorie foods are also enriching if consumed properly and cautiously.  

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