Spring is a time when a girl’s mind turns to shorter skirts, sleeveless tops, and of course, bathing suits. This almost inevitably leads to thoughts of losing some weight, especially if the winter pounds have crept on. The good news is that spring is also a terrific time of year for enjoying fresh, flavourful food that will also help you lose weight. Looking to add a little spring to your diet? Try some of the foods below.
Sugar Snap Peas. Sugar snap peas are low calorie and high in fiber, the perfect addition to any spring diet. Put them in salads, steam them as a side dish, or toss them into your favorite rice dish. A diet high in fiber is sure to help you lose weight as you get ready for spring fashions.
Blueberries. Recent studies suggest this spring food may help cut down on belly fat. They are also rich in antioxidants, which will make your exposed skin look good and your complexion radiant. Add blueberries to your morning oatmeal, toss them in your yogurt or smoothie, or just enjoy them plain.
Radishes. Purchase this spring food to add a Vitamin C- and B6-loaded touch to any salad or side dish. Crunchy radishes add flavor and snap to almost any meal, and will help you lose weight and enjoy a more nutritious meal as well.
Carrots. This sweet and tender spring food will help control sugar cravings, keeping you from veering off your diet into the cookies and ice cream trap, and helping you lose weight. Add carrots to a salad, eat them raw with a low fat dip, or steam them as a side dish.
Collard Greens. Collard greens have been shown to increase metabolism, a sure way to help you lose weight. Collard greens are delicious on their own, and will also add a tasty punch to your spring salads.
Asparagus. With only five calories a spear and each one loaded with Vitamin A, this tasty spring food will fill you up and help you lose weight. Asparagus can be grilled, roasted lightly with a spritz of PAM, steamed, boiled, or cooked just about any other way you can think up.
Broccoli. Broccoli is rich in Vitamin B and has been shown to increase metabolism, contributing to weight loss. Fresh broccoli in the spring is delicious when steamed as a side dish, and also makes a nice crunchy snack. Pack this spring food with your favorite low fat dip for a quick snack at the office.
Onions. Some studies suggest that this spring food can help speed up your metabolism and help you lose weight. Add onions to a salad, a sandwich, an omelet, or your favorite spaghetti sauce. Sauté© a handful and use them when roasting chicken, fish, or almost any other entré©e.
Cucumbers. Cucumbers have a high water content that can help reduce bloating and fill you up while you are trying to lose weight. Try them sliced up and splashed with a touch of vinegar, or mix them into a spring salad for a tasty, weight loss meal.