Fresh fruits and vegetables are a central part of a healthy weight loss plan. But too often, we get stuck in a rut, and eat the same types of produce over and over again. Not only is this boring, and increases your odds of diet burnout, but it’s also not very healthy. A diet that takes advantage of fruits and vegetables that are “in season” is best for all of us. Plus, local seasonal produce tastes so much better!
This July, take advantage of these fruits and veggies that are in season. Pick them up at a nearby farmer’s market, or look for locally-sourced produce in your grocery store. You’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and taste.
Cucumbers. These are packed with B vitamins, which are great for combating anxiety and stress. Use cucumbers in chopped salads, dressings, or even with mint for a cool, refreshing twist in your water.
Tomatoes. Tomatoes contain all four of the major carotenoids, which fight against chronic disease: Lutein, lycopene, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene. Plus, they’re delicious, and one of the most versatile fruits in the kitchen. Remember to store them at room temperature, on your kitchen counter, to retain flavor and correct texture.
Watermelon. True to their name, watermelons are 90 percent water, but they’re also packed with vitamin A, B6, C, lycopene, and plenty of antioxidants. At only 50 calories per one-cup serving, you can fill up on watermelon without any guilt.
Sweet corn. Corn is an incredibly versatile vegetable. You can grill whole ears, cut the kernels for use in salads, toss it in casseroles, and so much more. Plus, corn contains lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamins B1 and B5, vitamin C, phosphorus, manganese, folate, and plenty of fiber.
Green beans. If you’re not a fan of green beans, it’s probably because you’ve always eaten them out of season, when they’ve been shipped from a thousand miles away and lost their flavor. Fresh green beans, in season, are a whole other story. Not only are they delicious, but beans are rich in fiber and low in calories.
If you’re on a medically managed diet, consult with us before stocking up at the farmer’s market. While these fruits and veggies are delicious and nutritious, we will need to discuss whether you can incorporate them into your diet without throwing off your nutrient ratios.
Otherwise, enjoy! When you discover how delicious fresh, seasonal produce can be, you might find out how easy it can be to stick to a healthy, low-calorie diet.