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Eat Your Way To Weightloss With These Fruits



Everyone knows that losing weight is not a joke!

Finding time to exercise is even more challenging. Just before you give up on losing those love handles, why not try eating your way to weight loss. This involves eating fruits as your main diet.

Not just the type of fruits you eat but the quantity matters. The World Health Organisation recommends that at least five 80g servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables should be eaten daily to lower the risk of serious medical problems.



Here are some of the fruits that can help you lose weight;

  1. Avocado: This fruit is rich in Vitamin B, C, E, K and potassium. Avocadoes contain fewer calories compared to its weight and is filling when added to meals. It can be added to meals such as sandwiches, smoothies, salad, ice cream, shakes etc.
  2. Lemon: It is rich in vitamin B, C and riboflavin, phosphorus, and magnesium. Replace fizzy drinks and soda with drinking lemon water, lemon juice, and honey lemon tea. Drinking a combination of lemon and honey every morning helps to lose weight.
  3. Watermelon: 90% of Watermelon is water. It is rich in vitamin A, B, C and contains lycopene, which helps to prevent heart diseases and cancer. It also contains arginine, which helps lower blood pressure. When you eat watermelon, it satisfies your hunger and leaves no room for other meals.
  4. Orange: it is a healthy option for satisfying your craving for sweet things. It contains low calories and it dietary fibre helps to control weight. It is better to eat oranges instead of the store bought packed orange juice.
  5. Pineapple: This is rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It has low-calorie content in comparison to its size, so you get full faster and longer as you consume fewer calories. Fresh and whole pineapple is the best for weight loss, not the packed ones
  6. Guava: This is a delicious tropical fruit that is rich in vitamins, protein, minerals and roughages with a little quantity of carbohydrates and no cholesterol. Fresh guavas contains less sugar in comparison with apples, oranges and grapes.
  7. Grapefruit: It is rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium. The grapefruits of the pink and red varieties are rich in vitamin A, lycopene, pectin.
  8. Apple: There are numerous benefits associated with eating apple. Eating apple regularly is associated with a reduction in risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma, and type II diabetes and weight loss.
  9. Banana: Banana helps to protect the body against muscle cramps and keep blood pressure low. It is a great fruit to snack on during workout and even on your daily routine. One banana contains 105 calories and three grams of dietary fibre, which makes it one of the best fruits for weight loss. One banana a day will do. Eating too many bananas will be counterproductive to your bid to lose weight.
  10. Tomato: Are you surprised? Yes, tomatoes are fruits! Not a vegetable. Tomatoes are known for their ability to prevent water retention, reduce inflammation and it is one of the best fruits for weight loss.

Although all these fruits are great for weight loss, they do not replace the importance of a balanced diet. Therefore, a good diet with lots of fruits, sleep and exercise will help you get your much desired trimmed body.

Do you know any fruit that helps with weight loss?

 

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Your Baby Should Eat Nuts



Introducing complementary foods to your baby can be easy if you try out different food options. One of which is nuts- peanuts ( groundnut), cashew nuts, walnut and others.

Nuts are highly nutritious and known to be a rich source of beneficial fatty acids, vitamin E, and protein which very good for babies that require lots of good nutrition for proper growth and development.

If there is no history of allergies, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends you can introduce your baby to nuts as early as six months. Waiting until your baby is older to introduce nuts is not necessary.



Some parents delay giving their babies nuts and other highly allergenic foods like soy, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, and wheat. This does not help to prevent allergies in the future rather when these foods are introduced early since it reduces the chances of children from becoming allergic to them later in life.

In spite of loads of benefits found in giving your baby different types of nuts, parents need to take caution on the following.

  • Do not give a child less than five a whole nut to eat and giving peanut butter in a spoon to a baby. This could cause a choking hazard.
  • If you are introducing nuts to your child’s meals ensure that it is ground or crushed into smaller piece.
  • If you have a family history of allergies such as Eczema and other food allergies, you need to see the doctor before giving nuts to your baby as a weaning food.

Here are simple ways to infuse your child’s meal with peanut

  • Mix a teaspoon or two of ground peanut into a plate with your baby’s cereal, yoghurt. Ensure that it is not too thick; stir it well before giving it to your baby.
  • You can also use spread peanut, cashew nut butter on bread to serve as a finger food. Toddlers would enjoy this better. Though your baby may not be able to bite off, she can suck on it and lick up the nutritious butter too.

Peanut butter is great for vegetarians and vegan babies. You can either make your peanut butter or get a store bought one. In getting a store-bought peanut butter, look out for the ones that do not contain added salt or sugar.

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