Add These Summer Veggies to Your Plate for Weight Loss
Nutritionists always say to eat what is in season to get the most nutrients, but how do you know what exactly is in season? Every time you go to the grocery store, there is a large variety of produce, but that does not mean it is always in season or at its prime. Here are the top six summer vegetables to look for this season. They offer the highest level of nutrients and can help trim you down.
Arugula is in its peak season almost all year round. Look for it from March to November. It is high in folate, which has been found to deactivate the genes associated with fat storage. Arugula is also high in vitamin K, which can improve your insulin sensitivity. When our insulin levels do not work properly, we are more apt to gain weight and be at risk for diabetes.
If you have never tried beets, this is the summer to do so. They are in peak season from June to October. They can help you lose weight because they contain betaine, a micronutrient in the beets that helps turn off the genes associated with belly fat and insulin resistance. The beet root is a great source of blood pressure-lowering nitrate, while the leaves are a great source of folate.
Red Bell Peppers
Red Bell Peppers add an appealing color to any dish. They are in season from July to December and have three times as much vitamin C than organs have. They are also high in antioxidants.
Grape tomatoes are a fun addition to sautéed dishes and salads. They have the most nutrients from May to August. They will even help you glow a little, since they are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps make skin healthy.
You may eat green beans all year long, but they are actually packed with the most nutrients from April to October. They are a great source of iron and fiber, and also naturally low in calories. You can fill your plate up with them to help satisfy you longer.
Zucchini are best from June to August and have a lot of riboflavin, which is needed for red blood cell production, as well as converting carbs into energy. They also make the perfect pasta substitute if you spiralize them.
Eating these top vegetables in the summer time means you will taste them at their best. You might be surprised by how delicious these six health foods taste when eaten in the right season.
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