EDWARDS1411's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EDWARDS1411 EDWARDS1411's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #10 - Low Fat Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835477 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #10 - Low-Fat Yogurt <BR> <BR> A daily cup may reduce your chances of getting a cold. Look for labels listing "live and active cultures." Some researchers believe they may stimulate your immune system to fight disease. Also look for v... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:19:36 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - # 9 - Wheat Germ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829909 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #9 - Wheat Germ <BR> <BR> Wheat germ is the part of a wheat seed that feeds a baby wheat plant, so it is full of nutrients. It has zinc, antioxidants, and B vitamins among other vital vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ also offers a go... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:13:39 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - # 8 - Grapefruit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826569 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #8 - Grapefruit <BR> <BR> Grapefruit is packed with flavonoids -- natural chemical compounds that have been found to increase immune system activation. They have a good amount of vitamin C too. Dislike grapefruits? Try oranges or tang... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 19:01:22 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - # 7 - Almonds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823616 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #7 - Almonds <BR> <BR> A handful of almonds may shore up your immune system from the effects of stress. A recommended 1/4 cup serving carries nearly 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin E, which helps boost the immune system... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:24:51 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #6 - Cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817239 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #6 - Cabbage <BR> <BR> This is a source of immune-strengthening glutamine. And cabbage is easy and inexpensive to find during the winter months when it's in season. Try adding cabbages of any variety (white, red, Chinese) to soups and... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 12:01:01 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #5 - Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813674 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #5 - Watermelon <BR> <BR> Hydrating and refreshing, ripe watermelon also has plenty of a powerful antioxidant, glutathione. Known to help strengthen the immune system so it can fight infection, glutathione is found in the red pulpy fl... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 15:26:02 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #4 - Oysters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811013 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #4 - Oysters <BR> <BR> Aphrodisiac? Immune boosters? Maybe both, thanks to the mineral zinc that's found in oysters. Low zinc levels have been associated with male infertility. And zinc appears to have some antiviral effect, although ... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 00:06:03 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #3 - Acai Berries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807863 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #3 - Acai Berries <BR> <BR> Hawked as a "super food" along with produce like blueberries, the little acai berry's dark color signals that it is high in antioxidants called anthocyanins. While the acai is not scientifically linked to s... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:29:38 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #2 - Button Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805315 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #2 - Button Mushrooms <BR> <BR> Don't dismiss the lowly mushroom as nutrient poor: It has the mineral selenium and antioxidants. Low levels of selenium have been linked to increased risk of developing more severe flu. And the B vitami... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:38:12 EST 15 Immune Boosting Foods - #1 - Elderberry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801796 Cold and flu season is upon us. Let's be proactive and build ourselves up by eating these immune boosting foods suggested at <link>www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ss/slides<BR>how-immune-foods?ecd=wnl_lbt_092612&ct<BR>r=wnl-lbt-092612_ld-stry </link> . <BR> <BR> #1 - Elderberry <BR> <BR> An old folk remedy, extract from these dark berries appears to block flu viruses in test tube studies. But scientists caution that further study is needed. The fruit itself is rich in antioxidants and may als... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:20:50 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #7 Thyme http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797591 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:06:03 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #6 Oregano http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5792243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Sat, 4 Oct 2014 12:22:04 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #5 Ground Cinnamon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:58:15 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #4 Marjoram http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786329 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:14:22 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #3 Sage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784182 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:03:18 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #2 Ground Jamaican Allspice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779135 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:15:44 EST 7 Super Spices For Healthier Food - #1 Ground Cloves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776025 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l269948759.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/food-remedie<BR>s/7-super-spices-healthier-food?cid=so<BR>cHE_20140902_30887166 </link> tells us that a touch of spice might be just what we need to minimize the damage of aging—and even offset the impact of diabetes. Research from the University of Georgia finds that antioxidant-rich herbs and spices can block the formation of harmful compounds that are associated with aging and may inhib... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:34:11 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #14 Pitted Fruits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770779 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #14 Pitted Fruits <BR> <BR> Save apples and oranges for the colder months—summer is the prime time to take advantage of sweet and juicy pitted fruits. Not only are they delicious, Glassman ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:13:24 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #13 Whole Grain Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768384 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #13 Whole Grain Salads <BR> <BR> We know, salads are the standard summer weight-loss meal. But lettuce eventually gets boring, right? Get out of the mixed greens rut and toss around the ide... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 22:38:33 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #12 Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766792 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #12 Pears <BR> <BR> Get the term "pear-shaped" out of your mind—this fruit is a part of a winning diet plan. According to Glassman, pears have high levels of pectin, which is known to promo... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:36:03 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #11 BBQ Salmon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762974 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #11 BBQ Salmon <BR> <BR> Salmon is full of healthy monounsaturated fats and muscle-building protein, De Fazio says. Ditch the heavy meats and throw some of this omega-3-packed fish on the B... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:39:11 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #10 Mango http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761117 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #10 Mango <BR> <BR> If you're craving something creamy, Glassman suggests making a mango smoothie. The tropical fruit is full of fiber and has a thick quality that will fill you up—plus, ma... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:44:17 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #9 Iced Green Tea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759821 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #9 Iced Green Tea <BR> <BR> Nothing hits the spot on a sweltering afternoon quite like a glass of ice tea with lemon. This summer, De Fazio suggests swapping your usual herbal blend for a g... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:26:07 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #8 Grilled Vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758452 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #8 - Grilled Vegetables <BR> <BR> Veggies are low in calories and high in fiber, but we're so quick to dunk them in creamy dips and dressings that they often morph into a secretly high-fat ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:11:54 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #7 Raspberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749893 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #7 Raspberries <BR> <BR> Berries are ripe for the picking all summer long. We love them sprinkled over cereal, blended in smoothies, or even tossed into a salad. According to Glassman; howe... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:52:17 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #6 Greek Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746606 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #6 Greek Yogurt <BR> <BR> Greek yogurt is definitely having its moment in the culinary spotlight. And for good reason: It has twice as much protein as other low-fat yogurts, which gives it ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:42:41 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #5 Chilled Soups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743039 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #5 Chilled Soups <BR> <BR> Low-calorie, broth-based soups hit the spot when it's cold outside, but the mere thought of eating piping hot soup on a summer day makes us sweat. Susan Moores, a... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:59:44 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #4 Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738246 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #4 Watermelon <BR> <BR> We're all familiar with the importance of drinking water—especially during the hot summer months—which is why eating its namesake melon is a no-brainer. Watermelon w... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:41:42 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #3 Canned Tuna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736427 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following fourteen light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #3 Canned Tuna <BR> <BR> Canned tuna is loaded with protein and makes for a great summer lunch or snack. Nutrition expert Lisa De Fazio suggests forgoing mayo and instead mixing tuna with G... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:20:31 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #2 Frozen Grapes or Dark Cherries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730788 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following 14 light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #2 Frozen Grapes or Cherries <BR> <BR> When the temperature rises, it's only natural to crave a frozen treat. Unfortunately, our metabolisms aren't quite on par with those of our energetic kids, ... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:46:08 EST The 14 Best Summer Foods for Weight Loss - #1 Shrimp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725059 <link>www.redbookmag.com/health-wellness/s<BR>ummer-weight-loss-foods#slide-1 </link> points out that summer is the season to skimp on clothing, not flavour, and that the following 14 light and refreshing summer foods will not only tingle our tastebuds, but will help us shed pounds too. <BR> <BR> #1 Shrimp <BR> <BR> One upside to the summer heat? We're less likely to crave those heavy foods that weigh us down and pack on the pounds. Even when opting for lighter fare; though, it's still im... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:25:52 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #30 Sugar Snap Peas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721742 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #30 Sugar Snap Peas <BR> <BR> These sweet, crunchy pods are only 26 calories per cup, so you can chomp on them until you’re green, says Amy Goodson, a registered dietitian at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, TX. “They’re great in a salad, or... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:31:06 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #29 Cucumbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720237 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #29 Cucumbers <BR> <BR> With a cup of slices at 16 calories, what’s not to love about cucumbers? “Because cukes are high in fiber and contain lots of water, they also fill you up, so you’ll be less likely to spoon up high-fat fare later,” says Good... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:19:16 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #28 Strawberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718605 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #28 Strawberries <BR> <BR> "Of all fruit, berries, including strawberries, are the richest in health-enhancing antioxidants, yet ounce for ounce, they’re the lowest in calories, making them a waist-watcher’s best friend," says Goodson. One cup of st... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 18:00:31 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #27 Cilantro (aka Coriander Leaves & Chinese Parsley) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717862 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #27 Cilantro ( aka Coriander Leaves & Chinese Parsley) <BR> <BR> This spring herb, which can be added to everything from salsa to salads, is a dieter’s secret weapon, says Bazilian. Why? “Half a cup of fresh cilantro contains just one calorie, so yo... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:47:01 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #26 Artichokes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716129 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #26 Artichokes <BR> <BR> “The beauty of an artichoke is that it takes a while to eat, so it’s almost impossible to overindulge,” explains Wendy Bazilian, registered dietitian and author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet. Bonus: One medium bulb contains a mer... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 23:07:21 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #25 Bananas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714564 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #25 Bananas <BR> <BR> Need a fast, healthy snack? Nibble on a banana, advises Goodson. "They're easy to transport, contain around 100 calories each, and are very versatile. For example, bananas can be chopped into oatmeal or cereal, put on a peanut ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 22:38:03 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #24 Nectarines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713000 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #24 Nectarines <BR> <BR> Peaches get good press, but nectarines, which are in season starting in April, deserve equal attention. “They’re super sweet, but at only 60 calories each, you can indulge with zero guilt. Plus, their skin is chocked with s... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 19:35:11 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #23 Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711688 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #23 Avocados <BR> <BR> Avocados are higher in fat and calories than your average veggie. They possess about 120 calories and 11 grams of fat per half cup cubed -- but the fat they do contain is the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind, explains Bazili... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 23:20:48 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #22 Asparagus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709979 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #22 Asparagus <BR> <BR> One large asparagus spear contains just four calories. Even better? “Asparagus is a water-rich vegetable, and research shows that maintaining proper hydration can improve metabolism, helping your body burn even more calories... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:43:48 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #21 Pineapples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708247 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #21 Pineapples <BR> <BR> Skip the canned stuff (which is usually soaked in waist-widening syrup) and opt for fresh pineapple, which is at its peak in spring. “Although pineapple is slightly higher in fructose (natural fruit sugar) than most produce,... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:32:04 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #20 Okra http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706644 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #20 Okra <BR> <BR> Okra’s a bit of a mystery. According to USDA researchers, it’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-carb and not particularly high in protein. Yet, these edible seed pods are rated as one of the most filling veggies around. The secret ... Fri, 30 May 2014 09:06:44 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #19 Guavas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704559 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #19 Guavas <BR> <BR> These sweet, tropical treats contain 112 calories per cup, but don’t let that scare you off. When women add guavas to their daily diet, it doubles their ability to lose weight and to keep it off long-term, say Stanford Universit... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:33:04 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #18 Witloof (Chicory/Belgian Endive) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703021 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #18 Witloof (Chicory/Belgian Endive) <BR> <BR> Heard of the glycemic index? It’s a measure of how badly a food messes with your blood sugar -- and with your ability to lose weight. Lower numbers are better, and that’s where witloof really shines. Ac... Sun, 25 May 2014 20:16:52 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #17 Asian Greens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700290 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #17 Asian Greens <BR> <BR> Bok choy, napa cabbage, Chinese mustard greens, choy sum...Asian greens are now showing up in grocery stores nationwide. And experimenting with them could help you reach your weight loss goals a whole lot sooner. That’s be... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:42:29 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #16 Tamarillos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698022 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #16 Tamarillos <BR> <BR> They look like tiny tomatoes, but they’ve got a bit more of a kick. Gold and amber colored tamarillos have a slightly tart flavor -- and the red ones can make you pucker! Tamarillos contain just 30 calories each, plus they’r... Mon, 19 May 2014 00:28:23 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #15 Peppermint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697157 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #15 Peppermint <BR> <BR> These aromatic leaves add a cool burst of flavor to warm-weather salads and drinks. And according to researchers at Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, adding one tablespoon of fresh, chopped pepperm... Sat, 17 May 2014 17:10:59 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #14 Button Mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693901 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #14 Button Mushrooms <BR> <BR> To lose weight at a steady pace, you need to keep your blood sugar levels low, since your body will only dip into your fat stores if its supply of easy-to-burn sugars dries up, says Dr. Gillespie. And that’s where butt... Tue, 13 May 2014 06:19:00 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #13 Zucchini http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692136 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #13 Zucchini <BR> <BR> Thanks to their crispy texture and almost nonexistent flavor, these summer squashes make a filling, yet unobtrusive addition to salads and veggie platters. They can also be stuffed and baked, grilled, or added to stir fries, m... Sat, 10 May 2014 18:27:14 EST 30 Spring Foods for Weight Loss - #12 Eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687244 <link>www.ivillage.com/top-10-spring-foods<BR>-weight-loss/4-b-331269?nlcid=dt|03-19<BR>-2014|&_mid=5844032&_rid=5844032.7203.<BR>354306.2 </link> encourages us to shop for these fresh, fat-fighting Spring picks to help us trim down. <BR> <BR> #12 Eggplant <BR> <BR> This purple powerhouse is actually a berry, not a vegetable. And it’s a dieter’s dream, since it contains a measly 20 calories per cup, plus it’s low in sugar and high in muscle-strengthening protein and potassium. Eggplant is... Sun, 4 May 2014 14:23:13 EST