The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has published studies that show that individuals who consume more vitamin C have lower waist-to-hip ratios. The University of Arizona researchers discovered that those with higher levels of vitamin C in their system oxidized 25 percent more fat during cardio sessions.
Cucumber are 95% water and are loaded with vitamins K and C, potassium and silica. The nutrients in cucumbers help to build and maintain connective tissue.
Celery only contains about 6 calories per stalk! This low calorie vegetable contains one third of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K per cup. Celery is also high in vitamin A, fiber, folate and potassium. This nutrient dense food contains phthalides which have been shown to lower blood pressure.
An apple a day can help you to maintain an ideal body weight. The apple skin is packed with fiber, which helps to boost our metabolism, and ursolic acid, which helps prevent unnecessary weight gain.
This sea vegetable is loaded with vitamin K, helping to keep bones strong. Newcastle University in the U.K. found that kelp contains alginate, which has been shown to block fat absorption.
Asparagus contains just 20 calories per one half cup, and is packed with vitamins A, B and K. Asparagus may help to regulate blood sugar levels and decrease your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, due to the high concentration of vitamin B, which helps break down starch and sugar in the body.
One half-cup of cauliflower contains just 14 calories, and is packed with vitamin C. Use mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes for your next holiday gathering. Check out our recipe here (include link to blog post).
Red chili peppers
Chili peppers are packed with capsaicin, which has been shown to increase your metabolism and help your body burn more calories.
Green tea contains high amounts of the antioxidant ECGC, which will boost your metabolism, burn more calories and eliminate stubborn belly fat.
Consuming enough plain water daily is critical for your health. Water helps to keep your body running smoothly and keeps us alert throughout the day. Consuming 8 oz of plain water prior to your meal will help you to eat less, and control your portion sizes.