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Fruits and Vegetables: Healthy Weight Loss Foods

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There is a reason that parents pass down the same advice to their children generation after generation. Eating your fruits and vegetables is one of the keys to a healthy life. Both fruits and vegetables provide our body with countless minerals and vitamins that we need for energy. Here are some other reasons why fruits and vegetables are so great for healthy weight loss diets.

Hydration

Not only do fruits and veggies provide low calories and high vitamin counts, but they also have lots of water. For example, grapefruits are 90 percent water and have only 39 calories (according to half a fruit serving). Carrots are also 88 percent water and have only 52 calories (according to a one cup serving).

Keeps you Regular

With all the fiber most vegetables and fruits carry, you will be sure to stay regular throughout your diet. This is a very important factor for losing weight because it helps to get rid of excess food and liquids that were consumed. Whole grains are also great at providing your body lots of fiber. These foods allow you stay full longer, so this is especially great so that you will eat less through out the day (great for breakfast).

Which Vegetables are the Best?

Low calorie veggies are the best, such as the following:

  • Salad greens
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini

These are great foods because they are low in calories and high in volume, so you are full longer without having to consume a lot of extras. Starchy veggies such as corn, potatoes, squash and sweet potatoes are higher in calories and are known to be more fattening than other veggies. So it's best to stay away from these.

Are All Fruits Okay?

Most fruits are okay to eat, but there are some that are preferred over others. Stick with fresh produce rather than canned and frozen fruits because they contain added sugar and syrup fructose, which add to the calorie count. Natural organic fruits are always best.

Adding Fruit and Veggies to Your Daily Diet

There are many ways that you can add the two to your daily diet routine. In the morning, chop up bananas or strawberries in your bowl of cereal, or include berries in them - whatever fruits you like. You can then have a turkey sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes for lunch. Or you can slice up all of your favorite fruit and make a salad snack for a midday munch. You can also try slicing up mango and placing it on toast with a little bit of low-fat peanut butter. Follow your taste buds. Try replacing fatty sweet foods, such as donuts and pastries, which seem to be popular in the morning, with fruits. Just try your best to substitute all of those non-healthy foods with fruits and veggies. For dinner, you can cook up a grilled chicken or fish and have a side of salad or green beans. Use the natural juice of the ingredients you cooked with that was mixed with the water to pour over the food. Avoid making gravy and sauces.

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/NU00195 http://www.healthcastle.com/nutrition-weightloss-plants.shtml

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