Now that the holidays are over, many people start thinking about the summer season. If you've overindulged at the many holiday parties and dinners over the last several months, you may be focused on weight loss so you can fit into a bathing suit. One of the best ways to lose weight and promote your overall health is to eat fresh foods, especially fruits and vegetables. That's possible even in winter and early spring!
Although the supermarket usually offers a wide array of fresh produce, in many cases that food has been on the road for several days to a week before it arrives in your home town. Apples and oranges store well and lose few nutrients during their travels. But for lettuce, other greens and vegetable like broccoli and cabbage (which are in season right now), travel time eats up nutrients and makes them subject to quick spoilage.
To maximize your opportunities, you might want to make a commitment to eat local. Many communities run farmers markets year round. Although you won't find a luscious ripe ear of corn, you may very well find greenhouse-grown tomatoes that are miles ahead of store-bought offerings. Explore community-supported agriculture (CSA), in which you pay a subscription fee for locally-grown fresh seasonal produce every week.
Storage and Cooking
Once you have that fresh produce, think maximum nutrition and taste appeal. First, make sure you store it properly. That means refrigeration for lettuce and other greens, but room temperature for tomatoes and cool temperatures for potatoes. Minimum cooking means that heat-sensitive nutrients are less likely to be lost – braise or saute quickly, or stir fry. Spices can jazz up flavor and help keep calorie counts low. Explore some recipes that will allow you to take advantage of some fresh seasonal vegetable that you may have never encountered before.
When You Need a Little Help
In addition to buying locally and eating seasonally, you may find that you need a little help on your weight loss quest. If that's the case, consider Meratrim®, a patented blend of two plant extracts, Sphaeranthus indicus flower heads and Garcinia mangostana fruit rind. Three randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled studies found Meratrim® helped reduce weight, waist, and hip size in study participants.
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