Want to incorporate better eating habits into your routine and strengthen your heart? You’re in luck! We’ve found a few seasonal superfoods that will nourish your cells, and help naturally guide your body to its ideal weight.
You can do it with us, one seasonal veggie or fruit at a time. We’ve compiled a list of delicious, high-nutrient foods which will lead to weight loss, strong health, and longevity.
4 Seasonal Foods To Help You Lose Weight
1. Blood Oranges For Weight Loss
Blood Oranges are one of my favorite fruits. They differ from oranges as they have 40% more vitamin C and antioxidants which give them their beautiful red coloring. Blood oranges taste like oranges that have a slight berry-like flavor. I love incorporating blood oranges in salsas for a zesty tang and in a sangria for a fun girls’ night. Pick blood oranges that are firm and dense, heavy for their size.
If you’re trying to lose weight, don’t eat too many blood oranges. Although they are packed with nutrients, they’re also packed with sugar, which will affect insulin levels and make you feel hungry.
2. Brussels Sprouts For Weight Loss
Maybe you resisted eating brussels sprouts as a kid, but try them again as an adult. You might just find yourself preferring oven-roasted brussels sprouts to the truffle fries at restaurants! Aside from being a staple appetizer, brussels sprouts are low in fat, a good source of fiber, and rich in folate.
Folate is especially important, as people cannot synthesize folate on their own and need to absorb folate through food. Folate is crucial for cell division. This is why many women take folate supplements during their pregnancy. It prevents many pre-natal diseases. Brussel sprouts are best when they are bought on the stalk and can be stored up to a week in the refrigerator.
3. Kale For Weight Loss
Kale is the ubiquitous superfood of the health world. It shines as a detoxifier in juices, doubles the nutritional value of meals and salads, and relieves the guilt of junk food as an alternative to chips.
Many people have transformed into kale fanatics due to its nutritionally-dense leaves that are high in fiber and iron. Kale has high concentrations of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and glucosinolates, a compound that reduces the risk of cancer.
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Although kale is available year-round, it reaches peak in the winter. It is cheaper and more delicious around January and February. Kale has been integrated very creatively into diets by juicing, steaming, pressure cooking, boiling, and sauteeing. But it is delivers the most nutrients and vitamins when it’s raw, like in salads.
When buying kale, avoid yellow leaves. Smaller, thinner leaves tend to be more tender and less bitter. Kale can keep up to five days. Don’t wash it until right before you’re about to eat it, because it will shorten the shelf-life, even in the fridge.
Want a detox? Try this Skin-detoxifying Kale and Aloe Vera Smoothie Recipe.
4. Cherimoya For Weight Loss
Mark Twain said the cherimoya is “the most delicious fruit to known to men,” but I had never tried one until college. Known as a custard apple for its creamy, fleshy interior, it tastes like a mixture of different fruits. Because of its custardy inside, cherimoyas are best enjoyed cut in half, and eaten with a spoon, like ice cream.
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However, do not eat the big brown seeds – they are very bitter. Cherimoyas are high in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Lightly press the green skin of the cherimoya (like you would an avocado) to check for ripeness.
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