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8 Slimming Foods for Bathing Suit Season Icon: Print this recipePrint This

Trying to squeeze into your itsy bitsy bikini? Eating the right foods can help. Be sure to munch on these 8 slimming foods during the summer and before heading out for your next dip.

#1: Artichokes

One medium artichoke has a whopping 10 grams—that’s 40% of your daily dose for the day! Fiber- packed foods help keep you feeling full and satisfied.

#2: Hot Sauce
Bring on the burn! Hot sauce contains a compound called capsaicin shown to slightly boost your metabolism several hours after eating. Add a touch of hot sauce to soups, stews, grilled meats, pasta dishes, stews, or pizza.

#3: Green Tea

Numerous components found in green tea (like caffeine) help slightly increase metabolism for a short period of time. Aim for 1 to 2 cups of hot or cold green tea per day.

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#4: Asparagus

You want your digestive system on its best behavior when you need to slip into your swim suit. Asparagus contains a type of carbohydrate called inulin and fructo-oligosaccharides, both which promote healthy bacteria in your intestines. These gorgeous green stalks also contain a plant chemical called asparagine, which gives it a diuretic effect.

#5: White fish

Three ounces of cooked white fish like flounder, mahi mahi, cod and halibut contain between 72 to 90 calories and 13 to 19 grams of protein. Cooking methods like grilling and baking can help keep calories in check plus the high amount of protein helps keep you feeling satisfied.

#6: Whole Grain Cereal

Start your morning (and digestive system) off right with a daily dose of whole grain cereal. Look for at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. Eating breakfast can also help rev up your metabolism to help jump start your day.

#7: Coffee
The caffeine in coffee gives your metabolism a small temporary boost. Whether it’s iced or hot, aim for around 1 cup a day.

#8: Salads

Salads are a perfect way to enjoy seasonal summer produce. Veggies don’t provide many calories but are chock full of fiber to help fill you up. Veggies also provide a ton of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A study conducted by Penn State University found that women who ate salad before a meal ended up consuming 100 calories fewer at that meal.

Reference: MSNBC

Here’s one of my favorite salads I grew up on. It’s a delicious side for fish or pork, perfect to stuff in a whole wheat pita with grilled chicken, or a refreshing side to your morning scrambled eggs.

Israeli-Style Salad

Israeli Salad

Serves: 4 (¾ cup per serving)

Ingredients:

2 medium cucumbers (about 1 pound)

1 medium tomato (about ½ pound)

1 yellow or red bell pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

¼ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

Chop the cucumbers, tomato and pepper and place in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Toss well to combine.

Nutrition info per serving:
Calories: 69
Total Fat:  4 grams
Saturated Fat: 1 gram
Total Carbohydrate: 8 grams
Sugar: 3 grams
Fiber:  2 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Sodium:  154 milligrams
Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

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