Summertime is one of the best times to start up a new diet plan and to start eating healthier. Not only will you have more motivation when it comes time to show off your bod at the pool or the beach, but summer is when you have more choices for fresh fruits and vegetables. During the cold, winter season, you might have been able to get away with layering up and skipping fruits and veggies, but with summer rolling around, you have no more excuses!
Weight Loss Food # 1: Grilled and Baked Veggies
Summer is perfect for spending time outdoors grilling by the pool. Many vegetables in season during the summer are suitable for the grill. Vegetables such as: corn on the cob, onions, sweet potatoes, zucchini, green peppers, eggplants, asparagus, squash, etc are all great for grilling. Another great way to eat fresh veggies is to steam them on the grill. Simply creative a medley of veggies and pack them in tinfoil with some water and drizzled olive oil, throw it on the grill.
Creative ways to use grilled veggies:
- grilled veggie fajitas
- grilled veggie and low fat blue cheese salad
- grilled veggie tacos
Weight Loss Food # 2: Fruit Desserts
Have a successful weight loss solution by satisfying your sweet tooth with natural sugars found in fruit. Fruit is a great choice for summer. It is light, refreshing and satisfying. Be on the lookout for fresh: cantaloupe, honeydew, cherries, pears, bananas, grapes, kiwis, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, apples, peaches, etc. Eating fruit will help fill you up naturally because they are high in fiber.
Creative ways to use fruit:
- frozen fruit and low fat whipped cream: blueberries, strawberries, cherries
- dark chocolate dipped fruit
- fruit salad parfait with greek yogurt
- grilled peach, honey and granola
Weight Loss Food # 3: Chilled Vegetable Soups
Everyone loves a hearty soup during winter, but chilled soups are just as great for the summer as warm soup is for the winter. A great way to use veggies and natural grains is to throw it in a pot or a crock pot. Let the flavors simmer and cook as you let the soup sit in the fridge to cool. Previous research have indicated that eating a vegetable soup will help keep you full for longer period of time.
Creative chilled soup ideas:
- fresh vegetable medley soup with couscous/wild grain rice/blackbean
- miso soup with soft tofu
- red bean soup/green bean soup
Weight Loss Food # 4: Creative Salads
Everyone knows that salads are great for weight loss. However the downfall is that many people don’t enjoy eating leafy greens, and if they do, they will add a large amount of fatty ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Instead of depending on artificial flavoring, invest in a few more ingredients to spruce up your salad.
Creative summer salad ideas:
- add fresh fruit to your salad
- use balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil
- add tofu, garbonzo beans, goat cheese, nuts, tuna
Weight Loss Food # 5: Watermelon
The quintessential summer food is watermelon. Not only is watermelon delicious, but it is low in calories–most of the watermelon is made of water!
Creative ways to eat watermelon:
- fruit salad with watermelon
- watermelon juice
- natural watermelon popsicles