Load your plate with seasonal foods to keep the weight down

Simply put, ‘seasonal foods’ are those foods which are available to be eaten during a particular season (spring, summer, autumn or winter), when their flavour is at its peak.

Vegetables or fresh produce play an excellent role in any weight-loss programme, in that they contain fibre. Fibre helps you to feel full for longer periods of time, thus reducing the chances of unnecessary snacking – especially if you consistently tend to snack on junk foods that are high in calories! In addition to this, they are loaded with valuable nutrients, are delicious to eat and are easy to prepare – definitely a bonus, with the busy lives we lead!

What seasonal fruit and vegetables can I look forward to in South Africa this winter?

Seasonal fruits and vegetables

In South Africa, we can look forward to an abundance of delicious fruits this winter. These fruits include apples, dates, avocados, grapefruit, pears, naartjies, lemons, melon, pineapples, lime, papayas (also known as paw-paws), not forgetting the very popular oranges.

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Vegetables that may be widely available during this time will include beetroot, raddish, turnips, broccoli, asparagus, broad beans, Brussels sprouts, fennel and not forgetting pumpkin – all tasty ingredients to add to a comforting winter soup!

Take advantage of these seasonal foods, enjoy their wonderful depth of taste and flavour and reap the super health and weight-loss benefits that they have to offer!

See a dietician

If you need help in creating a diet plan of healthy and balanced meals, seek the help of a dietician.

Source: News24

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