’Tis the Season of Flavor and Fun — Enjoy these Summer Superfoods for Weight Loss

’Tis the Season of Flavor and Fun — Enjoy these Summer Superfoods for Weight Loss

Watermelon: At the sweetest through the end of August, a few slices of watermelon can curb thirst and sugar cravings. It also contains lycopene and makes a surprising addition to salad greens; try it with a pinch of goat cheese to bring out the savory side.

Tarragon: This herb is a staple in French cuisine and its aromatic, slightly licorice-like flavor is a delicious replacement for bloat-causing salt in marinades and sauces. It’s also loaded with antioxidants that can help reduce cell damage.

Basil: Packed with vitamin K and so much iron that it’s on par with spinach, this fragrant little herb is a flavorful addition to most any summer dish, from sautés, sauces, and salads, to grilled meats and roasted veggies. Plus, it’s also been shown to help detoxify the liver.

And, here are two summer treats that pack some unexpected health benefits:

Plain popcorn: When you lose the fake butter and sugary add-ins, a serving of popcorn wraps whole grains, fiber, and antioxidants into one yummy bite. Forego the microwave kind and opt for an air or oil popper to get the most healthy batch. Plus, shake on some ground cayenne pepper to really rev your metabolism.

Real vanilla bean ice cream: Yep, this quintessential summer sweet is actually hiding a few good-for-you nutrients, too. One half-cup serving contains calcium, phosphorus, potassium, B vitamins and even some protein. While eating a tub in front of the tube is obviously not going to help your weight loss goals, enjoying an occasional scoop of this cold and creamy treat can help keep you feeling — and looking — great.

The next time you’re looking for something to eat, consider one of these summer superfoods for your weight loss journey.

To get more information about support for your health goals, as well as the weight loss procedures performed at Olde Del Mar Surgical, schedule your consultation online or call (858) 457–4917.

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