Losing weight can seem like a never-ending battle, but with certain foods on your side it can be much easier.
According to registered dietitian and chef Michelle Dudash , there are four groups of "super foods" that can help you in your quest to slim down.
Whether it's vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables or protein-packed nuts and seeds, there are healthy eating options sure to please every palate.
Strive to include fiber and antioxidant-rich tangerines, stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots) or berries daily.
Add berries to cereal, top buckwheat pancakes or waffles with sliced peaches, and puree tangerines into smoothies.
Nuts and seeds
Include daily servings of almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin and sesame seeds.
Nuts and seeds are a good source of protein and monounsaturated fats, as well as vitamins and minerals the body needs.
Since nuts are calorie dense, limit portion size to 1/4 cup. Sprinkle nuts into salads, stir into muffin batter, and layer into yogurt.
Mix things up this summer with the bounty of salad greens offered.
Toss pungent arugula with raisins, walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Drizzle delicate butter lettuce with toasted almonds and lemon Parmesan vinaigrette.
Brown rice, unhulled barley, quinoa, and wheat bulgur are full of fiber and are nutrient-rich.
Whole grains help you feel full and help keep insulin levels low.
Toss cooked quinoa with diced cucumber and tomato, feta cheese, pine nuts, and chopped parsley for an earthy side or main dish.
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