Spring is here—and with it comes an array of excellent produce that will help you get healthy for life and achieve your weight loss management goals. Load up on some of the veggies listed below and you will enjoy a wealth of health benefits.
- Artichokes. Cultivated since the rule of the Roman Empire, this superfood is an excellent source of dietary fiber, which fills us up and helps us keep the weight off. Artichokes promote healthy digestion with their cynarin content, a compound that combats bloating, boosts bile production and helps to expedite the digestive process. They also boast good levels of folate, manganese and vitamins C and K.
- Asparagus. Native to Asia Minor and the eastern Mediterranean, this herbaceous plant is ranked one of the top veggies when it comes to antioxidant content. Asparagus is also rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, dietary fiber, folate and chromium, a trace mineral that augments insulin’s ability to transport glucose to our cells.
- Beets. This flavorful root vegetable comes in an array of vibrant colors and different sizes. Beets are loaded with fiber, vitamin C and important minerals, including bloat-fighting potassium and manganese. They are also a good source of folate and betaine, which helps protects our bodies from environmental stress to keep us healthy for life.
- Green Peas. With less than 100 calories per eight-ounce serving, peas are an excellent weight loss food. Native to southwest Asia, they’re loaded with filling nutrients such as protein and fiber and are an excellent source of manganese, folate, phosphorus and vitamins B1, C and K. Peas also contain good amounts of niacin, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, choline and coumestrol, a polyphenol that has been shown to help prevent stomach cancer.
- Radishes. Named by the ancient Greeks for their speedy growth, radishes are often overlooked yet host a bevy of important nutrients. At only around 20 calories per cup, radishes are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium and riboflavin. They also contain copper, calcium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin B6.
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