Turn your spring cabbage into a super diet food by making it into sauerkraut. “Sauerkraut helps to reestablish healthy populations of bacteria in the gut,” says Stella Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and owner of W8less Nutrition.
“Lamb is a clean-burning protein, full of nutrients like B12, which are critical if you’d like to maintain your weight once you’ve reached your weight loss goal,” says Stella Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and owner of W8less Nutrition.
“Rye contains a component of fiber that absorbs water effectively, providing you with a feeling of fullness longer than other fibers,” Metsovas says.
“Basil is the perfect seasoning herb to make your foods taste fabulous—especially when you’re trying to keep your diet clean. I especially like adding basil on top a fresh fruit salad,” Metsovas says. We love this recipe for watermelon, feta and basil salad.
Although growing season varies, some types of millet are harvested in late spring. “Millet is a grain that contains optimal amounts of magnesium—a mineral deficient in most women’s diets,” Metsovas says. “Magnesium is essential to almost every physiological reaction in the body—it’s one of the most overlooked nutrients in our diets,” says Metsovas. And emerging research shows a connection between healthy magnesium levels and preventing metabolic syndrome. We love this chicken, millet, and mushroom recipe.
Rabbit meat contains high protein equivalents to other meats, and is very low in calories. “I know it might sound cruel to many, but rabbit is easily digestible and should be considered if you’d like to experiment with something other than chicken,” Metsovas says.
“Beets are one of the super foods of the Mediterranean diet,” Metsovas says. “One cup of beets contains over 30 percent of the recommended daily intake of folate, a B vitamin lacking in most diets. B vitamins provide energy to the body, which is especially important if you’re keeping on track with your workout regiment,” says Metsovas. Try them in this springtime roasted beet, fennel and arugula salad.
“Sprouts are considered a living, raw food full of antioxidants and vitamins like A, B, C, D, E and K,” Metsovas says. “And the more nutrient-rich foods you consume, the less cravings you’ll have throughout the day”. Don’t like sprouts?
“Scallops contain high amounts of tryptophan, an essential amino acid that has been shown to regulate your appetite. They are also high in B12—a nutrient critical for overall energy,” Metsovas says. We love this light and healthy recipe for seared scallops with orange sauce.
A natural diuretic, parsley is rich in antioxidants and vitamin K. Women who restrict calories are at a higher risk of missing out on essential nutrients like vitamin K (recent studies have linked low vitamin K levels with an increased risk of osteoporosis), Metsovas says. Keep your calories in a low, healthy range without missing out on necessary vitamins by consuming nutrient-dense foods like the ones mentioned here.
A nutritious whole grain that is often harvested in spring, barley contains over 50 percent of your daily fiber in just one cup. And consuming at least 25 grams of fiber a day can help make you feel full longer, which may aid in weight loss, Metsovas says. “Barley is an unrefined grain that keeps blood sugar imbalances in check so you don’t have sugar cravings or moods swings and it can prevent the pounds from piling on,” Gilbert adds.
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