5 Essential Spring Superfoods for Weight Loss

5 Essential Spring Superfoods for Weight Loss

Sweet potatoes have often outshined the lowly white potato in terms of superfood status. Newsflash: The pale starchy vegetable isn’t the diet enemy so many presume it is. In fact, your average tater has wonderful nutritional benefits. A medium-sized baked potato, which is roughly 110 calories, contains the potassium and fiber that’s beneficial in lowering blood pressure. The tubers are also loaded with vitamins B6 and C, which promote brain function. Just be sure to withhold the sour cream and opt for healthier toppings. “People don’t realize hummus is delicious on a baked potato. Mustard is great on a baked potato. Salsa is great on a baked potato,” Gans says.

12 Eggs
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There’s nothing like a protein-packed egg to get your body and your diet energized. “A study published in the International Journal of Obesity examined the effects of an egg breakfast compared to a bagel breakfast containing similar calories in obese participants who want to lose weight,” explains Amidor. “Those who consumed two eggs in their breakfast while following a lower calorie diet lost 65 percent more weight and reduced their waist circumference by 34 percent compared to those who were on a similar calorie bagel breakfast.” What’s more, a 2015 study from Purdue University found that adding eggs to salads increased the body’s ability to absorb carotenoids, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Amidor suggests combining eggs with other superfoods, such whipping up a seasonal vegetable omelet with asparagus, zucchini, and tomatoes, for a nutritional double-whammy. For more antioxidant-rich foods, check out our list of 30 Foods That Fight Inflammation.

13 Hibiscus Tea
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If you’ve been keeping warm all winter by sipping on soup, your pants may be feeling tight. Lighten up! You likely haven’t packed on the pounds if you generally stick to a healthy diet; you’re just bloated from all the salty broths. When you consume a lot of sodium, the body retains fluids, resulting in a paunchy belly. Luckily, there’s a simple solution: Sip some hibiscus tea. Doing so will help your pooch deflate. The flavonoids in the hibiscus plant counteract bloating by influencing how aldosterone, the hormone that regulates water and electrolyte balance, affects the body. We like Alvita’s, Bigelow’s, and Good Nature’s varieties.

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14 Spinach
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Rich in muscle-building protein, satiating fiber, and vitamins A, C and K, spinach is one of the healthiest greens out there. It also contains powerful appetite-suppressing compounds called thylakoids. Add this leafy spring green to your meals liberally throughout your day and you’ll feel your cravings vanish.

15 Ramps
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With a mildly sweet flavor, these wild onions, similar to leeks, are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Plus, like leeks, they can pack up to a gram of fiber per ramp. You can eat them raw, make a pesto, or add them to eggs (with asparagus) for an amazingly fresh-tasting spring treat. Ramp season is quick, so grab them when you see them or else you might miss out.

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