Lose weight with color

posted Nov 11, 2011, 8:31 PM by Mike Chen   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 9:05 PM ]
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When you’re trying to shed pounds, there’s no better time to strive to get 10+ servings of fruits and vegetables every day in every color of the rainbow.

Fruits and vegetables are naturally filling because they contain loads of filling fiber, plus you can eat a lot for very few calories. For example, for just about 50 calories, you can eat one full cup of sliced strawberries or fresh green beans. Contrast that with the 160 calories you would consume by eating 15 classic potato chips and it’s easy to see why snacking on fruits and vegetables can whittle your waist quickly.

Plus, choosing colorful produce over processed snacks gives you the extra health benefits of loads of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients – the chemical compounds in plants that give them their color and convey a variety of health benefits. For example, tomatoes contain lycopene, which supports prostate health, grapes have resveratrol, which is beneficial to your heart, and spinach offers lutein, shown to have health benefits for your eyes.

Here are a few tips for adding more color to your day!

  • Start your meals with a small salad or bowl of broth-based vegetable soup. Skip the creamy dressing on the salad and opt for a light vinaigrette served on the side.
  • As soon as you get your fruits and vegetables home from the supermarket or farmers market, wash them, prep them by slicing, peeling, or chopping – however you prefer to eat them – and then storing them in a prominent location in your refrigerator. Consider it your defense against unhealthy snack options – better yet, rid your pantry of those!
  • Don’t be bland about it. There are ways to dress up fruits and veggies to make them more palatable without loading on a bunch of fat and calories. Here are just a few suggestions:
    • Prepare your own hummus to taste using garbanzo beans, tahini, olive oil, and lemon juice as a dip.
    • Add spice! Use an Italian blend of spices on sautéed zucchini, green bell peppers, and onions as a side to whole wheat pasta or mixed right in. Make fajitas and use a generous helping of chili powder or even jalapenos to flavor red and green pepper strips.
    • Fruit is usually sweet enough for most people to enjoy on its own, but if it’s not your thing, try mixing your favorite varieties in a simple smoothie using low-fat vanilla yogurt or skim milk with vanilla extract. Add ice, blend, and enjoy!

As you start to incorporate more color into your diet, you’ll realize you don’t even miss the bland, boring snacks you used to rely on. Plus, your new favorites will help you reach your weight goals and provide countless health benefits. That’s something you can feel good about!

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