Saturday, November 26, 2011

7 Foods That Help You Shed Pounds

Everyone knows that water is good for you and can help you shed some pounds by filling you up before, during and after a meal.  If the foods you eat contain plenty of water, like fruits and veggies, they can help you shed pounds as well as drinking lots of water.

Through a study held by the University of Tokyo, women who ate high-water-content foods had lower body mass indexes and smaller waistlines.  Researchers believe that the water in these foods just might help you fill up faster so you eat less, as in the concept of drinking plenty of water.  This strategy can work for you by adding plenty of these in-season fruits and veggies into your diet – each is at least 90 percent water.

The good old green “rabbit food” known as broccoli is a great source of fiber and calcium too.  You can shed weight, add water to your system and get plenty of fiber and calcium for a healthy way to lose those Thanksgiving pounds.

Cabbage is a great immune-booster, plus is host to plenty of antioxidants like vitamin C.  It can be sautéed in a stir-fry or paired with sweet-tart apples. 

You don’t have to stick to just the greens – add some cauliflower into your meals to fight cancer with phytonutrients.  This cruciferous veggie is a good source of vitamin C and folate.  Either raw or lightly steamed florets will maximize the cauliflower’s antioxidant power or place it in with your other fave veggie line up to not only lose that weight but feel good and fight cancer!

A good fruit that fights a strong battle against heart disease, grapefruit is home to vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, and pectin which is a soluble fiber that may be a powerful ally against atherosclerosis.  Pink and red both have vitamin A and lycopene, a phytochemical that protects arterial walls from oxidative damage.  Grab the fruits that are heaviest for their size to get the best grapefruits in stores. 

Lettuce only contains sixty to seventy calories per pound.  It has always maintained a high place in diet food listings.  Romaine lettuce is a great source of B vitamins, folic acid and manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar and it also plays a vital role in keeping your immune system functioning properly.  Choose dark green or purple heads, or red leaf which contains the most nutrients.  Toss it with a homemade vinaigrette or use it in your favorite salad.

Packed with potassium, folic acid, antioxidants and sulfur compounds that aid digestion, the radish is a forgotten veggie.  Even the green, leafy tops house six times the vitamin C and more calcium than the roots.  Thinly slice and toss in a fresh green salad or julienne for coleslaw. 

Spinach is a tender yet flavorful leafy green that is rich in iron, folic acid and vitamin K.  Disease-fighting antioxidants as well as beta-carotene and vitamin C, and the phytochemical lutein for eye health are found in this yummy veggie.  Use as a substitute for lettuce in your favorite salad or lightly sauté with shredded carrot, sliced mushrooms and garlic for a savory omelet filling.  Use spinach in place of lettuce on most anything, or for you homemade bread makers, spread butter across the dough before rolling.  Chop fresh spinach and place in a bowl with grated Parmesan cheese and roasted garlic.  Lay a handful of the mixture across the dough before rolling into a loaf shape.  Roll into loaf, place in loaf pan and cook as you would normally.  Makes a wonderful, healthy, great tasting loaf of bread.

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