There are so many things to look forward to with summer around the corner. Vacations, family gatherings, and relaxation to name a few. Another thing that gets us especially excited this time of year is the food. Summer offers us some of the most delicious fruits and veggies to choose from. We’ve worked hard on our summer bodies. Luckily, summer provides us with foods that are not only delicious additions to our weight loss diet, but also full of added health benefits. Check out these 5 summer foods to add to your diet.

Eggplant

Eggplants are high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that helps regulate appetite, improves sleep quality, and elevates your mood. Eggplants also help improve blood flow in blood vessels which is good for cardiovascular health.

Blueberries

Although they are little, blueberries back a big punch. Blueberries help fight anti-inflammatory issues, help improve brain function, enhance mood, and help combat cancer cells.

Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are low in calories and delicious. This sweet and crunchy vegetable also provides 240 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C.

Tomatoes

While you should always wear sunscreen, eating an extra tomato or two may help protect your skin from sunburn. This is due to the consumption of lycopene (the pigment that makes tomatoes red).

Strawberries

Strawberries are packed with antioxidants. They are high in vitamin C, helping to boost immunity. Strawberries can also help promote eye health. This is extra helpful during sunny summer months. Another sun related benefit is the fact that the vitamin C in strawberries is important to the production of collagen. Ultimately, this helps keep wrinkles away. Additional health benefits of strawberries include lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation, and regulating blood pressure.

Are you ready to work on your summer body? We believe that weight loss does not have to be difficult. Our Springfield Weight Loss Center team can show you how you can lose weight without starving yourself or running on treadmills for hours. We understand the struggle that many people in Springfield have with weight loss. Call us today and ask about our 6-week program!