EAT ME-How to Eat Well and Healthy for the Summer
By Ken Hunt
Summer is the time to shed layers of clothesâ€”as well as
some pounds. So who doesn’t like walking around with a great looking tank to or shirtless. You want to look your best this summer. And since Memorial Day is right around the corner. So how will drop those last few pesky pounds? Well, you could choose a stringent diet, but what about just enjoying all the wonderful foods the season
brings? You’ll slim down and do wonders for your health. Here are some
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and other
phytonutrients that may slow aging, protect against cancer
and stroke, improve blood pressure and keep your heart
healthy. And just about all of them are low-calorie, so your
waistline stays in checkâ€”another big health benefit.
Start your summer â€œdietâ€ with tomatoes and peppers
for vitamin A, vitamin C and Lycopene. Tomatoes and bell
peppers of all colors deliver large amounts of vitamins A
and C. Lycopene may prevent as well as treat several types
of cancer. Try cutting up a variety of these veggies and spread a little low-calorie dressing on them. Got a sweet tooth? Don’t reach for those cookies. Instead reach for strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
I promise these will satisfy your sweet tooth and are rich in nutritional
bonuses such as vitamin C. Throw them in the blender along with some low fat milk or juice. You have a great smoothie. Add some peanut butter for extra energy. If its still not sweet enough, add Splenda or any of your favorite sweeteners.
A â€œcoolâ€ way to preserve them?
Pop them into the freezer and eat them frozen for a refreshing
snack. Yogurt can even help you slim down, according
to recent studies showing a low-calorie diet that includes
three servings of dairy a day can help promote weight loss.
The benefits of beans or legumes are as wide as the varieties
available: Peas, lentils, black beans, butter beans, lima
beans and garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) are all
nutrient-rich and great sources of fiber, iron and protein.
These small, tasty treasures can help you feel full longer
while curbing your appetite for foods that are high in fat.
Create a salad with your favorite greens and beans.
Skip the bacon bits and go easy on the cheese.
Mangoes contain more fiber than most fruits, which helps
curb your appetite.
But the most important â€œfoodâ€ of any diet is lots of water.
In fact, it’s essential. It may have no nutritional value,
but it is a catalyst for a majority of bodily functions, including
digestion, metabolism and cell function. Water is also
key for helping those trying to lose weight in that it curbs
hunger pains, especially when it’s included in foods such as
fresh vegetables and fruits.