Bright and bustling beaches, sparkling swimming pools, blissful and lively concerts and festivals, the great outdoors in the brilliant light of the summer sun—the onset of summertime brings many different things to mind for many different people. But if you’re going through a medical weight loss program, other things may be occupying your mind as the warmer month’s approach, like how you’re going to safely navigate the many dangerous food choices that summer may present to you.
Cutting calories is a big part of any successful weight loss plan, but just because you are cutting down on fat doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice flavor. These great summer foods pack in more healthy content than your typical summer treat, and they taste great too!
Avocado. Also called alligator pear for its green, bumpy skin and tapered shape, the avocado is a powerhouse of nutrients. A good source of Vitamins C, B6, K and folate, avocados also contain high levels of fiber, potassium and healthy unsaturated fats. Avocados are full of their own antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help improve your vision and may help fight some forms of cancer, but also improve your absorption of antioxidants called carotenoids from other foods.
Arugula. Fresh, leafy greens are among the best choices for any diet, and arugula may be the best of the best. Arugula makes for a far superior salad base to iceberg lettuce, with four times the amount of iron, eight times the calcium and five times the content of Vitamins A, K and C. Unlike other salad greens, arugula is actually classified as a cruciferous vegetable, making it a cousin of broccoli and cauliflower. Along with their other excellent nutritional qualities, these kinds of vegetables have been linked to protection against some forms of cancer.
Boysenberries. Though perhaps not as well-known as the blueberries and raspberries crossed to create them, boysenberries pack in healthy doses of the nutrients found in both. Chock full of Vitamin C, dietary fiber and calcium, boysenberries also contain nearly twice the antioxidant content of blueberries, which are frequently touted as a “superfood” for their own antioxidant levels. These antioxidants are called anthocyanins and give boysenberries their rich color in addition to fighting the ravages of agents in your body called free radicals. Boysenberries are cholesterol free, low calorie and even provide one gram of protein per cup.
This doesn’t have to be the summer of boring health food. Foods like the three above are great for your health and their vibrant flavors and colors may make you forget about those other treats you used to crave.