By the time summer rolls around you find you’ve either held strong to your New Year’s resolutions (lucky you) or ditched any hopes of getting a swimsuit body. The truth is that it’s never too late to get into swimsuit shape and believe it or not, food may be just what you need to realize a healthy, more fit you!
The best strategy for a healthy weight starts with Q2, quality and quantity. You want to not only consume high quality foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables but you also want to keep portions in check. Keep in mind however that healthy food does not mean endless portions.
More and more research finds that certain foods are able to keep your body healthy and lean. Consider adding the following to your diet and you just may be able to bring those resolutions back to life and make your swimsuit body a realization!
There’s a new kid in town and its cherries. Tart cherries have become the latest super fruit. More and more science based studies find the amazing anti-inflammatory benefits of cherries includingtheir ability to reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain.
Beyond the medicinal benefits of cherries, they are loaded with antioxidants and are a great source of fiber, Manganese, Vitamin A and Iron.
Given that cherries come dried, frozen and fresh, they’re great for smoothies and a variety of other dishes. A great way to kick off your morning!
Fruit or vegetable? If you paid attention in your science class, tomatoes are classified as a fruit. You can never go wrong with tomatoes as they are versatile and easy to incorporate into any meal. For breakfast, use on your eggs. For lunch, toss in a salad or on a veggie sandwich. For dinner, a homemade spaghetti sauce is delicious and loaded with nutrients.
Tomatoes are low in sodium, fat and cholesterol. Tomatoes are also a great source of Vitamin E, A, C, K, and Potassium and Manganese.
If you’ve never had the chance to eat fresh raspberries right off the bush, put it on your to-do list. There is nothing better than fresh raspberries. Not only are raspberries great for smoothies or a nice addition to sparkling water, they too are a nutritional power food.
Raspberries are chalk full of Vitamin C, K and have plenty of Magnesium, Manganese and fiber. Remember, foods high in fiber increase satiety which translates to less calories consumed.
Kale has never been more popular. Not only is kale a true super food, it’s inexpensive, lasts forever in a garden, and can be used in soups, smoothies and eggs. That’s just the beginning. It can also be used in spaghetti sauces, stews and cooked down as a perfect mix with a quinoa (another super food).
Aside from Kale’s versatility it’s full of Vitamin A and C, Calcium and Iron. Like cherries and raspberries, kale can be found fresh, frozen (great for quick meal additions) or dried.
Cucumbers belong to the gourd or squash family. Generally speaking they’re considered a vegetable. Regardless of fruit or vegetable, their high water content makes them the ideal summer vegetable as they’re great on salads, sandwiches and in soups.
The outer skin of a cucumber is rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber, which brings great health benefits to the body. Cucumbers also contain Vitamin C and Silica, which are important for tissue growth and skin cleansing.
So how can these foods get you ready for swimsuit season and improve your health too? Each is rich in vitamins and nutritional value. Due to their high fiber content you’ll feel full longer so you’re less likely to overeat. There is nothing that your body likes and needs more than whole, fresh fruits and vegetables. The sooner you incorporate these five super foods in to your diet, the sooner you’ll be ready for the beach!