5 Essential Spring Superfoods for Weight Loss

5 Essential Spring Superfoods for Weight Loss

These mushrooms are the third highest vegetable source of vitamin D (only behind two other mushrooms), serving you 23 percent of your recommended daily value in a single cup. This vitamin has many biological functions beyond its classic role in bone metabolism, one of which is regulating your immune system. One study found that when vitamin D concentrations were low in a group of runners, they had a biomarker for increased inflammation. When your body is in a state of chronic inflammation, it can lead to clogged arteries, worsened insulin resistance, and even weight gain. So besides climbing out of that cold, dreary hole that you dug yourself into this winter and catching some Vitamin-D-producing rays, make sure to grab some morel mushrooms!

7 Strawberries
Strawberries come into season between mid-April and June, which makes them a great choice for your spring fat-burning diet. “A 2015 study examined the effects of chokeberries, which are high in the plant chemical anthocyanins,” explains Toby Amidor, MS, RD nutrition expert and author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes For Every Meal of the Day. “The study found that anthocyanins may help decrease belly fat accumulation in rats. Although you can’t find chokeberries very easily in the U.S., you can find strawberries which are overflowing with anthocyanins.” At only 50 calories per cup, they also provide 3 grams of filling fiber and loads of metabolism-boosting vitamin C.

8 Shrimp
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While fish is always a great go-to for weight loss, don’t overlook the shellfish that gets sidelined by diet stars like salmon and tuna. “I think shrimp sometimes is forgotten,” Gans says. “Three ounces of steamed shrimp contains only 84 calories with 17 grams of protein.” Shrimp is also an excellent source of the antioxidant mineral selenium, which maintains heart health. Those looking to avoid high cholesterol should be aware that there are 220 milligrams of cholesterol contained in a 4-ounce serving of shrimp but there’s a bright side: these crustaceans also contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

9 Greek Yogurt
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As the weather gets warmer, a cool bowl of Greek yogurt paired with a low-sugar granola and berries is a refreshing breakfast that will keep you full all morning long. Loaded with potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12, this tart and creamy dairy item is great as a snack or as a substitute for sour cream. And it’s been found to aid in staying slim. “A 2016 study looked at diet quality on the effects of belly fat and concluded that a high-quality diet was associated with lower belly fat,” Amidor says. “Foods that were included in a high-quality diet included yogurt.”

10 Whole-Wheat Pasta
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Pull your jaw up from the floor—indeed, this surprising carb just happens to be a not-so-guilty pleasure! “When we look at weight loss, we need to look at foods people love, and who doesn’t love pasta?” Gans asks, adding, “But we need to eat it in a healthy way. We mix it with the asparagus and the spinach. Maybe we add in some grilled shrimp.” High in B vitamins, copper, selenium, magnesium, and manganese, whole-wheat pasta is a filling addition to a meal balanced with plenty of veggies and healthy proteins. It’s also loaded with cancer-fighting fiber, which helps lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels

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