Soaring temperatures make people lazy. Experts suggest that adding certain fruits and vegetables to your everyday diet can show up great results. Laurence Beeken, food information executive at Weight Loss Resources, enlists some super foods that can do wonders if consumed religiously throughout spring and summer, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
* Spring onions: Spring onions contain allicin, which may keep you from overeating by stimulating satiety in the brain. Spring onion has a milder, sweeter taste than the dried white bulbs you buy later in the season. Enjoy it diced on a salad for a fat-fighting side or lunch.
Flatbread with Spring Onions
* Asparagus: One of the first foods that signals the start of spring is the appearance of fresh asparagus at local farmers' markets. Asparagus is a good source of fibre and protein, both essential for good digestion and immunity. It also contains a unique carb called inulin, which remains undigested until it raches the large intestine, where it helps to absorb nutrients better.
Spicey Sauteed Asparagus
Asparagus with Creamy Mushrooms
* Lettuce: Lettuce has been called 'the perfect weight loss food' because it contains fibre and cellulose. Besides filling up, fibre improves your digestion. Improving your digestion is important for long-term weight control. Fibre also helps remove bile salts from the body. When the body replaces these salts it breaks down cholesterol to do so.
Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
Mixed Leaves Salad
Lettuce Wrapped Cottage Cheese
Green Salad with Feta
* Broccoli: Love it or hate it, broccoli is great for you! It is known as a smart carb and is high in fibre, which aids digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating. Furthermore, a cup broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.
Broccoli with Onion and Garlic
Lentil and Charred Broccoli Chaat