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9 Slimming Superfoods for Summer

9 Slimming Superfoods for Summer

By Sara Novak, Planet Green

The temp will break 100 degrees here in South Carolina this week and while this is likely not yet the case for the rest of the country, soon it will be. Our appetite naturally shrinks when the weather is hot which is a good thing because clothing square footage shrinks as well. So it’s best to make sure the foods you eat are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to keep you looking and feeling gorgeous even in the heat of summer.

Superfoods are made even more super when they’re sourced close to home because foods lose much of their nutrient density in commute. And the local summer bounty is often much less expensive than superfoods sourced from thousands of miles away. It takes cash to get them to us after all.

1. Broccoli

This low cost cruciferous vegetable has it all. Cruciferous vegetables are known for a compound that neutralizes toxins in the liver and helps cleanse the system, keeping us looking and feeling great. It’s in season from May to June.

2. Blueberries

According to research done at Texas Women’s College and reported in Time, blueberries actually help fight fat in a real way.

[Researcher Shiwani Moghe] applied polyphenols extracted from blueberries directly to tissue samples from mice in petri dishes, at three varying doses. What she found was encouraging. The samples treated with polyphenols had less fat than the control sample, and the effect was dose dependent: the sample given the largest dose of polyphenols had a 73 percent decrease in lipid cells, while the smallest dose led to a 27 percent decrease.

Blueberries are in season from May to August.

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3. Avocados

Though it may seem counterintuitive, avocados are the best form of summer fuel. The high fat content of an avocado provides a high-quality, long lasting fuel that gives you hours of healthy energy so you don’t end up snacking and you don’t endure the highs and lows that can make us eat junk foods. Avocados are not local to South Carolina but you can find them in California and Hawaii.

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4. Edamame

Edamame is a low fat and high energy form of plant-based protein. Dr. Weil recommends 1 to 2 servings per day of whole soy because it includes phytoestrogens, which act like estrogen receptors in the body. Edamame is in season June through September.

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5. Eggplant

Eggplants are loaded with nasunin, a potent antioxidant located in the skin that inhibits the spread of cancer. Eggplants also improve cardiovascular health. One study showed that they improve blood flow in the blood vessels. Eggplant is also chalked full of trytophan, so it can help you sleep at night which makes you look and feel your best. It’s in season June and July.

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6. Grapes

These little gems are laden with antioxidants, especially purple grapes. The antioxidants keep us looking younger longer and like many of the other colors of the rainbow; they protect us against cancer in addition to improving memory. Grapes are also a low calorie sweet snack available July thorugh October.

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7. Tomatoes

Red fruits and vegetables are known for lycopene, a powerful cancer fighting antioxidant. Specifically, it’s known for reducing cell damage caused from toxins and aging. Tomatoes are available June through October.

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8. Asparagus

Asparagus is a delicate summer veggie loaded with nutrients. One cup has more than your daily allowance of vitamin K. And it’s a great source of folate, vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, tryphtophan, fiber, and vitamin B6. It’s available April through June.

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9. Garlic

While still in its very early stages, according to WHFoods, research suggests that garlic consumption may actually help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body. Additionally, garlic is a low fat means of adding tons of flavor to our favorite dishes. Garlic is in season in June and July.

Related:
8 Superfoods You Probably Aren’t Eating
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12 Foods with Super Healing Powers

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9:48PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Yummyyyy.... Oh, if only corn on the cob and raw almonds were listed too, that's what I've been eating for the past month!

9:39PM PDT on May 30, 2013

Love some but not all Thanks for posting.

5:00AM PDT on May 30, 2013

I eat all of these except the soy and Asparagus. Soy is full of GMO's and asparagus I eat only in season. The others I eat weekly.

11:56AM PDT on May 29, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:36PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

super :)

10:32PM PST on Jan 15, 2013

During wintertime you can use dried berries and as far there are no adds they are superfood

11:13AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Good article with solid information. One bit of advice I question is that phytoestrogens are not recommended for people who have had cancer. My friend, who is 2 1/2 yr. breast cancer free states to me that she keeps soy completely out of her diet. I have been a vegetarian for 38 yrs. and I do use soy in my diet; however have cut back and am balancing with legumes, nuts, etc. for protein. Tis the time of year to think about what to rid from your diet, and body frame, to begin the year with an upbeat start!

11:02AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Eat as many foods as you can raw. Than you are ingesting pure nutrients, antioxidants and more. Good article.

10:02AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

way too many pages to just spotlight pictures. have to disagree with avocados. they're good, but only in moderation.

7:31PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Mmmm yummy food that's good for us. Thanks for the article!

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