As springtime makes its way toward us, many of us are left with something unpleasant from winter — extra weight! Seasonal produce is cheaper and more abundant compared to fruit that is out-of-season ingredients. Springtime is also the perfect time to get in shape. Many springtime foods naturally boost weight loss, and not just because they’re lighter than those hearty winter dishes. Embrace these delicious options, and you’ll be on your way to shedding away that winter weight and get ready for the hot months of summer. Here is a list of food you should look out for:
Apricots: Packed with vitamin A, apricots are a perfect snack (especially when dried) and are a great source of fiber. Eating just one single apricot will give you a good amount of your daily vitamins A and C, plus potassium.
Peas: Spring’s tiniest veggies are also one of the most nutritious. Peas are loaded with fiber and vitamins A, C, and K – which is vital for healthy blood and bones.
Cauliflower: It doesn’t get the praise that broccoli gets, though it is worthy of it. Both are a part of the same cruciferous family of vegetables and well-recognized for their anti-inflammatory benefits. Cauliflower is ready to pick during the spring. Studies have also shown that they can possibly offer protection against cancer and stroke.
Boysenberries: This berry is basically a cross between a raspberry and blueberry, it’s not a surprise that it is packed with similar brain power-boosting benefits, antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Though they are less common than other berries, they can be used in anything you’d put in a blueberry or blackberry.
Asparagus: A good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E, and K. It also has chromium, a mineral that heightens the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Eating asparagus can help fight cancer, give your brain a boost, and slim you down.
Fava Beans: Low in fat and cholesterol free, fava beans are a very nutritious option during the spring. They are not only a good source of vitamin B1, but also copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
Oranges: Oranges are a very popular fruit. They are ready to pick in February and March, as well as other citrus fruit. Oranges are low in calories and are a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. They can help us maintain clear, healthy skin, as well as help lower our risk of developing several different diseases.
As part of an overall healthy and varied diet, you should expand what you eat and try new fruits and vegetables for the new season. Eating foods that provide you with many nutrients is one of the best ways to lose weight. O’Conner Health Center in San Jose offers their patients a program that will help them reset their metabolism and achieve their fitness goals. Give us a call at (650) 334-1010 today!