Nutrient- and fiber-rich foods are your keys to weight loss success! Add these summer favorites to your shopping list today.
There’s a reason salads are considered diet fare; it’s hard to find a food that delivers more nutrition per calorie. Though kale is currently enjoying great popularity as a superfood, don’t overlook power-packed greens like watercress, chard, spinach, Chinese cabbage, endive, chicory, parsley, and beet, mustard, collard and turnip greens. Remember that many types of greens can be cooked, added to smoothies or crisped in the oven as chips. You don’t have to stick to salads!
Blueberries are prized as a superfood for their antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber content and low calorie count. But, did you know raspberries and strawberries also have nutritional advantages? Raspberries have fewer calories and nearly triple the fiber per cup of blueberries, and also may offer metabolic and cardiovascular benefits. Strawberries have more vitamin C than oranges, and also contain potassium, fiber and antioxidants. They may help to control blood sugar, reduce inflammation and promote heart health.
Ripe tomatoes are delicious and nutritious, but their antioxidant value is even greater when you cook them. So, go ahead and make your favorite marinara or salsa (easy on the sugar and salt!). After all, you’re just getting your daily dose of lycopene.
Rich in monounsaturated fat (that’s the healthy one), fiber, folate, potassium and vitamins K, E, C, B6, avocados have remarkable potential health benefits when eaten in moderation. They’ve been linked to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, appetite control, belly fat reduction, improved metabolism and more. Enjoy this superfood sliced on salad or eggs, spread on toast or mixed in fresh guacamole. You can even pick up avocado oil for homemade salad dressings or cooking. It has a lower smoke point than olive oil, so you won’t have to worry as much about char.
Zucchini and yellow squash are versatile, low-calorie and low-carb ingredients that also contribute vitamins A, B6 and C. Break out the spiralizer and turn them into a pasta alternative; roast spears with a little avocado oil and garlic; cube it for chili; stir it into baked goods batter—the possibilities are endless!
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