5 Superfoods to Help You Slim Down This Summer
(AscendHealthy.com) – For some of us, losing weight might be a confidence booster that might also make us feel better and improve our health. Summer is full of wonderful foods that seem to make losing weight simpler all while helping keep us cool and hydrated. Here are 5 great summer foods to help you reach your weight loss goals!
If you’re not familiar with mulberries, they’re sweet and juicy when they’re fresh and an excellent choice when they’re dried, as well. Most commonly they’re used in trail mix or salads, but you can also eat them as a snack or mix them with other berries for a fruit bowl. Because they contain a lot of water, they’re only 43 calories for a 3.5 oz serving, and they contain resveratrol, which has been shown to help protect heart health. Mulberries are also full of vitamins and minerals, so they’re a good choice for weight loss and better overall health.
For anyone wanting refreshing juices and smoothies, it’s hard to go wrong with pineapple. The tropical sweetness it offers is a welcome change from some other types of sweet foods. It offers the proteolytic enzyme bromelain, helping the body digest protein and potentially aiding in the formation of blood clotting properties, as well. Pineapple is an anti-inflammatory superfood and can reduce swelling and bloating, resulting in a flatter stomach.
3. Green Beans
There are more than just fruits on the menu when it comes to losing weight or enjoying a flatter belly. Green beans are another great choice for summer picnics or just for snacking. They’re fat-free and low in calories, and they contain a lot of fiber and iron. If you’re not a fan of eating them by themselves, there are options for some amazing bean salads. Those salads can be good choices for picnics and get-togethers because they taste great and are lighter and healthier than more traditional options like potato salad.
Mangoes can satisfy sweet tooth cravings better than a lot of other fruits, and they’re healthy and hearty, too. They’re high in fiber, antioxidants, iron, and magnesium, and they help with digestion and bloating. Because their benefits to digestion are mostly from fiber, eating the fruit instead of drinking the juice is the better choice for most people. While mango has a unique kind of taste, ripe mangoes can be eaten by themselves or used in salads and other dishes to add a burst of flavor. Using them in salsa can also make for a sweet and spicy treat.
Who could forget the summer food staple, watermelon? It’s 92% water, so it’s going to fill you up without adding a lot of calories to your diet. But even without a lot of calories, watermelon has some great properties to consider. It’s full of things like vitamin C and lycopene, which is a cancer-fighting antioxidant. It’s so commonly seen in stores and at picnics in the summer months that it’s easy to eat more of this great weight-loss food.
Whether we’re trying to shed a few pounds or we just want to keep the potential for belly bloat down during bikini season, the right foods can make a big difference. By choosing low-calorie options, we can enjoy larger quantities of our favorite foods without the guilt. Go ahead, give your health a boost and welcome the fruits (and veggies) of summer into your life!.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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