So you’re working out but wondering how to change your diet to complement your new lifestyle?

Well, the good news is, even if you skimp on your favourite foods, the last ones you should omit are your traditional veggies.

Turns out, they may be your secret arsenal after all.

Researchers from Kenyatta University and University of Eldoret found out that chemicals found in traditional vegetables help in weight loss.

The indigenous veggies burn excess fat in the serum, reduce appetite for food and decrease body mass.

Here are our top picks!

Pumpkin leaves

Pumpkin leaves are high in fibre and can fill you up really fast.

It slows down digestion and stays in your tummy longer than low fibre foods.

It also slows down sugar absorption by your body keeping your blood sugar level to a minimum.

Terere (Amaranth leaves)

They help slow down glucose absorption in the bloodstream.

This reduces hunger by reducing insulin levels making it easier for the body to burn fat.

It also improves digestion and reduces constipation.

Kunde (Cowpeas peas leaves)

Cowpeas leaves contain Ascorbic acid, Beta-carotene, vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Potassium, iron, Vitamin E, Folate, and fibre.

They are low-fat, low-calorie beans and are a good source of dietary fibre.

They make one feel fuller for longer which can help with weight management.

African Kale (Kanzira)

The fibre in this indigenous vegetable not only aids in digestion but it also keeps your liver healthy.

It lowers cholesterol levels and maintains ideal blood sugar levels in your body.

SERVING TIP; A family eating experience is simply not just about presentation, look and taste but accompaniments as well! Vegetables go down well with just about anything and for that overall final kick, we recommend you wash it down with  Minute Maid Pulpy Orange with real fruit pulp for a royal family treatment.