Want to know how to get your body beach ready in no time? Or are you just looking to maintain your weight over the silly season? Then look no further than these essential summer foods! We suggest you add them to your diet.
This delicious summer fruit has been cherry-picked for their health benefits! They do more than just satisfy your sweet tooth, they are loaded with resveratrol, an antioxidant that packs some serious body-transforming powers. Research has shown that resveratrol can convert the excess white fat into brown fat, which can increase metabolism and help you burn more calories.
2. Portobello Mushrooms
Bye, bye burger buns! This summer, the hottest choice for BBQ’ers is portobello mushroom. A flavourful, low-fat and carb substitute for bread! Studies have shown that portobello mushrooms were great at stabilizing female test subjects’ blood sugar and minimizing cravings and keeping those unwanted kilos at bay.
Here is our recipe for our Mushroom Bun Steak Sanga!
Be as cool as a cucumber this summer by including this crunchy veggie in your diet. They’re super-hydrating and low in calories, loaded with inflammation-fighting antioxidants, and can even reduce your risk of hypertension.
Grapefruit is high in vitamin C, which can boost your immune system and help you fend off those summer colds. Plus studies have suggested that grapefruit is an amazing choice for anyone trying to slim down. Due to its ability to stabilize insulin levels, reducing your sugar cravings!
Summer wouldn’t be complete without watermelon! It’s a great way to stay cool and hydrated as it’s made up of more than 90 percent water! What’s even better, studies have found that mice who consumed watermelon juice lowered their cholesterol, decreased the amount of plaque in their arteries, and lost more weight than a group given a non-watermelon carbohydrate solution.
Throw some blueberries into your lady shake or just eat them on their own! Every time you grab a handful of these berries, you’re navigating your way to better health! Blueberries are a low-glycemic food, meaning that they don’t result in drastic insulin spikes brought about by other sweet treats.
Sweeten up your day by adding strawberries to your list of go-to snacks this summer. Why do we love them? 150g has just 47 calories, has 147% of your daily vitamin C, plenty of energizing B6 and packs nearly 3 grams of gut-health-promoting fiber. Strawberries are a great source of iron, which can help keep away anemia-related fatigue and weight gain.
Whether in a salad or salsa, tomatoes are a refreshing way to load up on antioxidants while making every meal more filling, plus they rev up your metabolism. Just don’t think you’ll get the same benefits from ketchup; it’s just a sweet sauce which is more sugar than vegetable.
Peaches are a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Both have been linked to enhancing immune health and lowering weight. If you’re going to add one summer fruit to your diet, peaches are a great substitute for sugar-filled sorbets. All you do is blend and freeze for a no-sugar-added dessert the whole family will enjoy.
Feel free to top your parfaits, smoothies, and even oatmeal with a scoop of some juicy pomegranate arils. This super-food is bursting with free-radical-fighting polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that have been shown to shrink fat cells. And they provide a solid dose of gut-regulating fiber to keep you full and suppress stubborn cravings.
Spinach will be the star of your salads this summer, its full of vitamins A and C as well as heart-protective folate. Plus this leafy green taste is practically undetectable in breakfast shakes and smoothies, so go ahead and toss a handful in your Lady Shake and blend for added nutrients and an added dose of filling fibre.
12. Mint Leaves
Mint has the ability to soothe an upset stomach as well as the capability to kick seasonal allergies to the curb. And the benefits don’t end there, studies have found that Brazilian mint tea is just as potent at treating headaches as Indometacin, a prescription drug given to those who suffer from migraines and severe headaches.
The last thing you look forward to during the summer heat is bloating or inflammation! Pineapple contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme that helps break down proteins in your stomach that usually cause bloat.