Fruits


1. Cayenne pepper:

Contains the ultimate fat-fat burning compound – capsaicin. Try chili power, paprika or jalapeño peppers; which also contain capsaicin.

2. Cinnamon:

This thermogenic spice is linked with curbing cravings, controlling blood sugar levels and burning fat.

3. Curry powder:

The turmeric found in curry powder is a well-known fat-burner. It will keep you sweating as well as burning calories.

4. Spinach:

Magnesium and B vitamins are extremely important for all body functions – metabolism included. Spinach provides both nutrients.

5. Nuts:

Walnuts and almonds are full of fat-burning omega-3’s.

6. Grapefruit:

A compound found in grapefruit (naringenin) is being linked with fat loss.

7. Berries:

A handful of fibrous berries helps keep your metabolism going by providing the necessary sugars to curb cravings, with fever calories.

8. Zucchini:

This vegetable is fibrous and water packed, meaning its fills you up and is easy to digest.

9. Yogurt:

Combines carbs and protein. Perfect for snacking, warding off hunger and building muscle.

10. Edamame:

The isoflavones found in edamame (a.k.a. soybeans) are linked to less belly fat. Edamame is a great alternative to fried appetizers.

Grapefruit is by far my favorite of all fruits and having lived in Texas for 10+ years, I can tell you that there is no other place in America that can grow such a citrus fruit like the Rio Grande Valley. On frequent trips to south Texas, my mom and I would always look forward to making our usual pit-stop at one of the local fruit stands to pick up a 20lb bag of the Texas sweet treats – for about a buck. Now living in Maryland where citrus is scarce, I am having a hard time finding good varieties of my juicy bliss. It seems as though most grocery retailers here in the East are only carrying Florida varieties – puh! Its peak season for grapefruit and I’m sacrificing time, money, and taste buds in an attempt to enjoy what Florida can provide.

My grapefruit habit has become somewhat of a morning ritual and I feel as though I can’t begin the day without meditating over the peeled citrus rinds. I love everything about grapefruit. The smell, the texture, the taste. Not to mention the overall feeling of total wellness that I have after devouring the tangy and sweet softball, section by section. To me, grapefruit is a super food. Better yet, a miracle food. It’s bright color indicates powerful nutrients such as Vitamin C , Vitamin A and potassium and is rich in phytonutrient lycopene which is also found in tomatoes. “Lycopene is recognized as one of the strongest cancer fighting antioxidants.” A simple grapefruit can help fight hunger and fatigue, combat colds and insomnia, protect against certain forms of cancer and heart disease, as well as promote bone and digestive health. What more could you ask for!

In an attempt to find my peace this morning, I peeled a $1.79 Florida grapefruit only to find the usual spongy white center to be brown, seeping, and sickly looking. Today, I mourn over nonexistent 44¢ Texas Rio Star grapefruits.  However, I found a website with a listing of  Texas grapefruit shippers that will certainly ward off any future pains.

For you grapefruit connoisseurs: http://www.texasweet.com/Shippers

Nutrient Values of Grapefruit per 100g
Calories
42kcal
Energy Value
176kj
Total Fat
0.14g
Carbohydrates
10.66g
Sugars
6.89g
Dietary Fiber
1.6g
Protein
0.77g
Sodium
0mg
Zinc
0.07mg
Potassium
135mg
Iron
0.08mg
Magnesium
9mg
Copper
0.032mg
Calcium
2mg
Vitamin C
31.2mg
Vitamin E
0.13mg
Vit. B3 (Niacin)
0.204mg
Vitamin B6
0.053mg
Vit. B1 (Thiamin)
0.043mg
Vit. B2 (Riboflavin)
0.031mg

Citrus Fruit

Make one of your five daily servings of fruits and vegetables an orange or grapefruit to help you manage your weight. Murray Huff, director at Robarts Research Institute at the University of  Western Ontario in Canada, found that naringenin, a flavonoid in citrus fruit, causes the liver to burn excess fat instead of hanging onto it. The molecule also helped improve triglyceride and cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of insulin resistance and stabilize glucose metabolism (risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease).

Look for oranges that are firm and heavy for their size with no mold or unusual soft spots. Keep in mind that the ripe oranges may retain green streaks or spots depending on climate conditions during the growing season.

 

Vinegar

The vinegar in your pantry isnt merely handy when it comes to shaking up your favorite salad dressings for salads or quick-pickling produce for sandwiches – it may help you break down fat and reduce its accumulation in the body, thanks to acetic acid, an organic chemical compound that gives vinegar its potent taste and scent. In a Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry study, animals given the acid along with a high-fat diet developed up to 10 percent less body fat than those that consumed the fatty fare alone. Of course, upping you intake of vinegar just so you can eat more fatty foods is not my recommended course of action.