It just got a whole lot easier to lose weight this summer if you know what to buy.
But Farmers’ Market prices can often be two or three times what you’ll pay the grocery store.
Are the prices worth it? YES…..ONLY if you’re buying the right vegetables like the ones packed with
Nutrients….. Like Folate, Resveratrol and Betaine which have been shown to REDUCE your body’s ability to
store belly fat. Invest in the right vegetables, and you’ll reap speedy weight loss returns.
Peak Season: (March to November)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: Like other leafy greens, arugula is high in the B vitamin folate, which has been
shown to deactivate the genes responsible for fat storage. They’re also high in Vitamin K, which may
improve insulin sensitivity, offering protection against diabetes.
Perfect Pick: The smaller the leaf, the less pungent its bite. Look for emerald green leaves that are not
yellowing or limp.
Handle with Care: Enclose roots in a damp paper towel and place the leaves in a plastic bag. Store in the
fridge for 2 to 3 days.
Peak Season: (June to October)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: Betaine, a micronutrient that turns off the genes responsible for belly fat and
insulin resistance, gets its name from beets. The roots are filled with nitrate, which may help lower blood
pressure, and the greens are one of the best sources of folate (and more nutrient-dense than kale or
spinach!). And they’re high in fiber, which fills you up for hours.
Perfect Pick: Find beets with a smooth, deep-red surface that’s unyielding when pressed. Smaller roots are
sweeter and more tender. Attached greens should be deep green and not withered.
Handle with Care: Remove the leaves (which are great sautéed in olive oil) and store in a plastic bag in
the fridge for no more than 2 days. The beets will last in the crisper for up to 2 weeks.
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3.) RED BELL PEPPERS
Peak Season: (July to December)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: Don’t waste your green on green peppers. Red peppers—which have been allowed to
ripen on the vine—have nearly three times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges. The high levels of
antioxidants give peppers the power to fight obesity-causing inflammation in the body.
Perfect Pick: Lots of heft for their size with a brightly colored, wrinkle-free exterior. The stems should
be a lively green.
Handle with Care: Refrigerate in the crisper for up to 2 weeks.
4.) GRAPE TOMATOES
Peak Season: (May to August)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: They’re about 94 percent water and low in calories. Note: the primary source of
nutrients from tomatoes—such as lycopene, an antioxidant that lends your skin a healthy glow—are found in
the deep red skins, so grape tomatoes are a better nutritional bargain than beefsteak.
Perfect Pick: Look for heavy tomatoes that are rich in color and free of wrinkles, cracks, or bruises. They
should have some give, unlike the rock-solid ones bred for transport. Too soft, though, and the tomato is
Handle with Care: Never store tomatoes in the fridge; the cool temps destroy flavor and texture. Keep them
at room temperature out of direct sunlight for up to 1 week.
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5.) GREEN BEANS
Peak Season: (April to October)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: Low-cal and fat free, green beans are also high in belly-filling fiber—and are an
excellent source of iron.
Perfect Pick: Find ones with a vibrant, smooth surface without any visible withering. They should “snap”
when gently bent and appear moist on the inside.
Handle with Care: Refrigerate, unwashed, in an unsealed bag for up to 1 week.
Peak Season: (June to August)
Why You’ll Lose Weight: They’re packed with riboflavin, a B vitamin needed for red blood cell production
and for converting carbohydrates to energy. That means you burn off your Frappucino faster!
Perfect Pick: Purchase heavy, tender zucchini with unblemished deep-green skins that are adorned with faint
gold specks or strips. Smaller zucchini are sweeter and more flavorful.
Handle with Care: Refrigerate in the crisper in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.
Compliments from: The Editors of Eat This, Not That! magazine