8 Foods to Eat For Your Best Beach Bod Ever (Slideshow)
June 9, 2014
Looking good in your swimsuit is easy when you incorporate a few of these healthy foods into your diet
Nothing says summer like watermelon, and the pink, fleshy melon is a dieter’s best friend. Not only is it sweet and refreshing, but it’s also full of water and healthy. Eating foods that are high in water helps you to stay fuller longer and keep you hydrated in the summer heat as well.
Not only are raspberries a sweet and delicious snack or dessert, but they are also high in fiber. Eating fiber has been found to prevent weight gain and also help promote weight loss. Have about one cup a day, which contains about eight grams of fiber.
Not only are cucumbers crunchy and hydrating, but they are a great stomach-flattening snack. They are high in water and low in fiber. Munching on these instead of chips or crackers will make you slimmer and trimmer.
Avocados are one of the healthiest sources of fat. They are also high in healthy antioxidants. Instead of heavy mayonnaise-based dressings or spreads, try using avocados instead. They are creamy and rich, and offer much more nutritional value. Just be sure to add plenty of citrus juice to keep them from turning brown.
Mushrooms can offer a meaty bite to stir-fry or salads with empty calories. They are loaded with antioxidants and help to boost the immune system. Instead of a heavy beef burger, try grilling a large Portobello mushroom as a patty substitute.
Yogurt helps you beat the bloat. Choose a yogurt that has active cultures and incorporate it into your diet daily. Try a low-fat and plain yogurt and serve it at breakfast with some granola and fresh fruit on top. It can help digestion and prevent the stomach from bloating.
Quinoa isn’t really a grain, but is actually related to spinach, beets, and Swiss chard. Quinoa can trick you into thinking you are actually eating a starch, without the carb overload. Plus, it’s high in protein, minerals, and vitamins.
Whoops! Did you over indulge at the barbecue last night? No need to worry about your beach bod the next day — just have some walnuts for breakfast. Eating walnuts after a meal that was high in bad fat can help reduce the damaging effects.