5 Spring Foods for Weight Loss
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- Mar 21, 2014
Spring has arrived and with it comes a variety of fresh, healthy foods to "clean" up our diets and shed winter weight. Here are five foods that do just that.
Spring has finally arrived this week! For many, our thoughts now turn to things like "spring cleaning," fresh starts, new growth, colorful flowers, and, thankfully, more fresh seasonal vegetables. To prepare you for a little "spring cleaning" for your diet, and to shed some of that winter weight, here is a list of delicious spring foods you can start incorporating into your daily eating plan.
Sauerkraut - Spring cabbage makes a superfood if you make it into sauerkraut. This fermented food, easy to make (with or without a fermenting crock), helps reestablish healthy populations of bacteria in your gut. Some research has linked to unhealthy populations of bacteria in our digestive tracts to being overweight and making it harder to lose weight. If eating sauerkraut by itself is unpleasant to you, throw it on Reuben sandwich.
Snow Peas - Though it might seem ironic that a powerful spring food has the word "snow" in it, snow peas are refreshing to eat raw, as they do not need to be shelled. Better yet, 25 percent of their calories come from sugar-stabilizing protein, and eating just one cup can help stave off food cravings for two hours, say researchers at the University of Toronto. They're great cooked too, especially in stir fry dishes.
Butter Lettuce - Again, how ironic that we're promoting "butter," but in this case butter lettuce is tasty, and a bit sweet. It would take eating six cups of butter lettuce to match the calories in just one slice of bread, so go wild with this vegetable, using it as sandwich wraps, quick salads, or just about anything else. Here's a tip for finding a good head of butter lettuce: the sweeter they smell, the sweeter they will taste.
Strawberries - These tasty red berries are storehouses for fiber, something we all struggle getting enough of in our diets. In fact, one cup of strawberries contain 3 grams of fiber and more than a day's worth of Vitamin C. A two-year study from the Journal of Nutrition found that people who consumed 8 extra grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories per day lost about 4.5 pounds. Moreover, women who decrease their fiber intake tend to gain weight.
Ginger - The pros of ginger have been documented for a long, long time. And this dynamic spice/food can do wonders in a diet. One teaspoon of fresh ginger can help you feel full nearly twice as fast, according to researchers at Florida's University of Miami, thanks to its inherent appetite suppressants - gingerol and zingibain. Ginger also has incredible anti-inflammatory benefits. In one study, 75 percent of women who ate it daily felt less pain, swelling, and stiffness.
So what are your spring goals for healthy eating and weight loss? Any other powerfoods you look forward this season?Foods & Recipes->Fruit & Vegetables