Summer is just around the corner for the eastern hemisphere, of course that means we are worried about our physical state and how we will look in our bikini. Let’s make good nutrition our best friend during this season and learn about which summer foods can help us lose weight.
Even though some individuals might reason that it is too late to start dieting, let me tell you something: “It is never too late to start losing weight!” We need to take advantage of this season because it abounds with colorful fruits and vegetables, which will become our best ally in losing weight.
Who is able to resist a big bowl of fresh, plump, red strawberries? They are the perfect snack during summer as they are pumped full of nutrients and fatty acids such as omega 3 and polyphenols that help to combat cancer. Only half a cup of strawberries provide more than 70 percent of our daily requirements for vitamin C, plus it has a great variety of antioxidants.
Juicy cherries only have 87 calories per cup. If you consume cherries more than three times a week, instead of other types of desserts, you can lose up to 5 pounds this summer, according to the researchers at the University of California. Cherries are full of anthocyanin and antioxidants that can help to kill of cancerous cells and help to reduce the amount of cholesterol produced by your live that can clog your arteries by up to 10 percent.
They can be enjoyed fresh, dried or as puree. Plums are very low in calories and a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Dried plums (also called prunes) are an extremely healthy snack and a delicious dessert, plus they can aid in repressing your appetite thanks to their low glycemic intake.
Squash and pumpkin
Summer squash or zucchini provides important vitamins and nutrients (including magnesium, potassium and copper), and has less than 80 calories for each half-cup. Their bright colors will make a brilliant match with any meal. For those summer barbequing days, throw some squash or pumpkin on the grill.
Red, green or yellow peppers are an excellent source of nutrients such as beta-carotene and are top of the list of vegetables that have antioxidants. Green peppers are a great source of vitamin C.
We all love mangos, besides being delicious they are a source of protein fatty omega 3. Plus, their exotic flavor that is low in calories makes them the best snack or dessert.