Spring Foods That Can Help You Slim Down

Apricots At just 17 calories per serving, this tart yet sweet fruit is an excellent pick for dieters. Though you can buy dried apricots year-round, fresh is best. “Dried versions often have added sugar, and they’re not as filling as fresh apricots because they lack the water content that helps you feel full,” says Rachel Zimmerman, a dietitian at Indiana University Health. Add them to salads or pair them with nuts for a satisfying snack.

Artichokes This quirky-looking veggie contains just 60 calories, but it’s a great appetite-tamer thanks to its impressive 7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Try roasting artichokes with olive oil and garlic.

Asparagus For some, asparagus is an acquired taste, but at just 20 calories per half-cup, it’s a taste worth acquiring if you’re trying to lose weight. Roast asparagus for the richest flavor or add it to stir-fries.

Peas “Peas tend to get a bad rap because they’re one of the starchier vegetables, but they can actually be helpful for weight loss if you eat them in moderation,” says Zimmerman. Though peas do contain 117 calories per cup, they also pack two filling nutrients: fiber (7 grams) and protein (8 grams.) Try adding them to rice and pasta recipes.

Spinach At just 7 calories a cup, antioxidant-rich spinach is one of the lowest-calorie veggies out there. It’s also one of the most versatile. You can add it to just about anything, including soups, sandwiches, and smoothies. Spinach can even play a starring role at breakfast. Add it to omelets or make it part of a healthy veggie breakfast burrito.

Strawberries These tasty berries are good for your waistline and your overall health, says Zimmerman. “The antioxidants found in strawberries help protect your heart and may reduce your risk of cancer and stroke,” she explains. They’re an ideal mix-in for yogurt or your morning oatmeal, and they’re equally tasty when added to salad. 

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