You don’t even need to think about what this year’s top New Year’s resolution is. Because it’s pretty much the same as it always is:
Lose weight. Get healthy.
Of course, we know why so many make the weight loss resolution: As a nation, we’re getting heavier. In 1990, according to the Centers for Disease Control, 56 percent of Americans qualified as obese or overweight. Today, 70 percent fall into that category.
So obviously not everyone is sticking to their resolution.
Luckily, your farmers’ markets can help. Because even if you exercise a lot, you’ll still need to eat well in order to be healthy.
For weight loss, some fruits and vegetables are better than others. But let’s start with the fruits:
- Watermelon. It’s all about the water here. After all, watermelons are 90 percent water, which means that a 100g serving contains just 30 calories. That high water content means a watermelon snack will keep you hydrated, which keeps you satiated for a long time. And if all that wasn’t enough — they contain lots of amino acids called arginine. which helps burn fat.
- Apple. We won’t guarantee that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, but that apple does have a lot of health benefits. And they make your teeth whiter! At just 50 calories, one medium-sized apple does very little damage to your waistline, making it an ideal snack.
- Grapefruit. Known for its benefits to the heart, the grapefruit has long been a staple of healthy diets. To enhance the flavor, try adding grapefruit to a salad.
- Banana. Even as you improve your eating habits, exercise will still be important. Andthis is where the banana is especially effective. Offering a great, low-calorie source of energy, it’s a perfect snack to eat after a workout. It also helps stave muscle cramps and keeps your blood pressure in check.
- Orange. When they’re good, oranges are in the running for the best-tasting fruit out there, which makes it compete with even the best of snacks. Except unlike chocolate, chips or ice-cream, this snack contains just 47 calories.
- Pear. Fulfilling a quarter of your daily fibre requirement, a pear can keep you satiated, meaning you won’t crave snacks.
- Tomato. Yes, they go great on a turkey sandwich. But even better, tomatoes are full of antioxidants that reduce water retention, and they help proteins do their job keeping your weight down.