Monday, April 29, 2013

5 springtime detox foods that can also get you in shape for summer!

With summer right around the corner it's time to knock those eating habits into healthy ones, make sure to stock up on these 5 vitamin filled detoxing foods to help shed any unwanted weight.

1) kale
For a green, kale is unusually high in fiber. This helps create the bulk you need to fill you up and to keep you full for a good amount of time. Kale is also an excellent source of nutrients, especially vitamin A and calcium. With a combination of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, kale is a dieter's dream food.

2) blueberries
Blueberries are a nutritional powerhouse with a small calorie footprint. For example, blueberries contain Vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants that neutralize free radicals. Blueberries also contain fiber that assists your digestive system. They contain no fat, cholesterol or sodium. Finally, a half-cup of blueberries has only 40 calories. This potent combination makes the fruits a healthy and nutritious option for any weight-loss program.

3.) cabbage
Cabbage offers a major payoff -- the fewest calories and least fat of any vegetable. This powerful veggie is a must for dieters trying to lose weight.
From green cabbage you'll enjoy a fiber boost and a respectable amount of vitamin C. Two types of cabbage, savoy and bok choy, provide beta-carotene - an antioxidant that battles cancer and heart disease. For those who don't eat dairy products, bok choy is an important source of calcium, which may help prevent osteoporosis and aid in controlling blood pressure.

4.) broccoli
As broccoli helps you lose weight, it also provides health benefits such as lowering cholesterol, boosting your heart health and lowering your risk of cancer. Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C, K and A, as well as folate and dietary fiber.

5) onions
Onions are full of fiber and flavor, eating fiber helps you stay full longer, which helps control your weight. It also helps control your blood sugar levels, which may help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Until next time!

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