These flavour-packed spring delights are loaded with rich concentrations of waist-slimming fiber and energizing iron.
All you need is one cup of asparagus to load up a whopping 3 grams of fiber and an impressive 16% of your daily dosage requirement of iron, at the cost of just 27 calories.
An iron deficiency is one of the main reasons behind constant bouts of fatigue, grogginess and exhaustion, and it also reduces the body’s ability to successfully combat and ward off infections, viruses and germs. So, load up on asparagus to eliminate your iron deficiency and energize your body along with achieving your weight loss goals.
You can add sautéed or steamed asparagus to your grilled chicken, baked tofu or grilled salmon meals, or even shave off some raw asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler to create noodle-like layers that you can add to a leafy green salad with some extra virgin olive oil, aromatic herbs and some vinaigrette.
13. Spring Lettuces
Even though you can shop red leafy lettuce and butter lettuce throughout the year, spring is the best time of the year to pick out juicy, sweet and tender lettuce. These delights are packed with water, and a large bowl of chopped lettuce, or 2 ½ cups of lettuce will only pack up 10 calories, which is hardly worth counting. These delights are perfect to add a low-calorie crunch, a rich flavour and dark colour to your meals.
You can add them to your salads, low-calorie rolls for your chicken slices, turkey slices and cheese, or even use them as fajita wrappers instead of this carb-loaded tortillas.
During the winter or cold spring evenings, you can always create a rich broth or soup with wilting chopped lettuce leaves.