One of the best things about summertime is the plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables available at the local grocery stores and farmers markets. Have you heard the rule of thumb, “Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables“? It's great advice, and it's probably the single easiest tip I've discovered to help maintain a healthy weight! It's very easy to do when so many fresh fruits are currently in season. Plus, I don't know about you, but I'm a very visual person and fresh sliced fruit looks so appetizing on a plate:
Did you know kiwi has more vitamin C than oranges? Plus, an entire kiwi only has about 55 calories!
Some people prefer their kiwi without the skin, but I don't mind it at all so I keep it on.
I always make sure I add a protein source with every meal, hence the cashews in the center of my lunch plate. If you prefer to get your protein through veggies, then edamame, peas, and broccoli are great sources. Check out my salad recipes if you're interested in quick and easy meals that fulfill the “half plate” rule. This roasted corn salad is a good one containing peas and this recipe for a chicken and avocado salad is packed with protein (omit the bacon for a healthier option).
I'm a Southern girl, so I cannot resist freshly sliced peaches!
Yellow peaches are a perfect afternoon snack! Add in a bit of protein (turkey slices work great), and you're all set.
If you need any additional reasons to add fruit to your daily diet, check out this infographic:
If you're really focusing on shedding weight and want to take things a step further, make sure you eat your veggies first. Veggies are typically fiber-rich, so they're more filling. Begin by drinking a full glass of water prior to your meal, then eat your veggies, and then move on to the rest of the meal. By filling up on water and nutrient-dense veggies, you're less likely to have room for dessert by the end of your meal.
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