Top 10 Power Slimming foods

The Celebrity Slim Program is primarily designed to help you lose weight, but we also want to help you learn to make healthy eating choices so that when you reach your target weight, it will be easier for you to stay there. To assist you on your journey, we've listed our Top Ten Power Slimming Foods. Try to include these foods in your diet often, at least 3 serves per week, and you will reap fantastic health benefits and really kick start your weight loss.

1. Broccoli

This powerhouse vegetable is bursting with Vitamin A and C, is high in important plant phytonutrients which boost your health and metabolism, and is also a good source of calcium. You can eat broccoli raw in a salad, cooked in a stir fry, or simply steam or microwave. Season with herbs and serve as a side dish to any meat, chicken or fish meal.

2. Berries

Berries like strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are delicious and packed with health giving nutrients. Berries contain relatively low levels of sugars, and so are ideal as a snack or dessert on the Celebrity Slim Program. Berries provide many vitamins including B,C and K, along with fibre, and they are high in antioxidants. They have also been shown to improve heart health and protect against arthritis. Serve with a small dob of cream or natural yoghurt - yum!

3. Avocado

Avocados are native to Mexico and Central America and contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. These are the "good fats", and they appear to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels. They also contain healthy levels of fibre, potassium, magnesium, folate and antioxidants to boost your health and metabolism. Recent research shows that avocado helps the body absorb more nutrients from other foods - the tomato in the same salad, for instance. Try to get 2-3 serves of this wonderful food each week.

4. Spinach

If you're preparing a green salad, do yourself a favour and add plenty of spinach. Calorie for calorie, leafy green vegetables like spinach provide more nutrients than any other food. Researchers have identified at least 13 different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as antioxidants and as anticancer agents. Spinach is a rich source of vitamins A, C & K along with folate, iron and magnesium. Recent studies also revealed spinach contains high levels of Lutein, a carotenoid that protects against eye diseases such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

5. Salmon

Studies show that eating oily fish like salmon dramatically reduces the risk of having a heart attack, especially in older adults. The Omega 3 fats in salmon help your body to adjust to burning fat as an energy source while you're on the Celebrity Slim Program, and the high protein levels help maintain lean muscle while you lose weight. Omega 3 fats also help to prevent depression, protect against the onset of dementia, and contribute to many other healthful benefits. Yep, it's true, fish really is an all-round super food!

6. Capsicum

Want to colour your life healthy? Brightly coloured capsicums, whether green, red, orange or yellow, are rich sources of some of the best nutrients available. To start, capsicums are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two very powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants work together to effectively neutralise free radicals, which can travel through the body causing huge amounts of damage to cells. Free radicals are major players in the build up of cholesterol in the arteries that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, the nerve and blood vessel damage seen in diabetes, the cloudy lenses of cataracts, the joint pain and damage seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, and the wheezing and airway tightening of asthma. Because capsicums contain very few carbohydrates, they are an excellent superfood to eat often while on the Celebrity Slim Program. Eat them, plus carrot and celery sticks when you get the munchies.

7. Nuts

Nuts are a very rich source of nutrients, including polyunsaturated fatty acids, vegetable proteins, fibre, vitamin E, potassium, folate, magnesium, zinc selenium, copper, phosphorus, phytosterols, antioxidants, and arginine. Although nuts can be considered to be high in fat, the fat is usually beneficial. Some healthful choices for dieters include almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts and pistachios. But remember, eating too much of a good thing can really increase your caloric intake, which could lead to and increase of body fat. A good guideline is to eat one or two palmfuls per day (say about 10-14 almonds).

8. Tomatoes

Not often do you find a natural food that actually benefits nutritionally by being cooked and processed. This seems to be the case, however, for tomatoes. It appears that even though some vitamin C is lost when tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant power is increased during the process. Researchers have found that the antioxidant lycopene, which is the pigment that makes tomatoes red, is made more bio-available to the human body after heating. Foods rich in lycopene include canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, tomato paste, salsa and ketchup.

9. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of Mediterranean countries. Several large studies suggest that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil are good for the heart. Olive oil lowers bad cholesterol levels and increases the good levels. Olive oil is also rich in antioxidants - it's probably one of the key protective aspects of the so-called Mediterranean Diet. Watch out for the calories - a little goes a long way. A tablespoon of oil contains around 120 calories, (about 500kJ), which is the same as a large slice of bread and butter. Olive oil is a staple in any kitchen. It's ideal for salad dressings and is also used as an ingredient in sauces and marinades and for sauteing, roasting, frying and baking. Extra-virgin olive oil can be used as a condiment when drizzled over a platter of roasted vegetables and is an excellent replacement for butter in cooking.

10. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits taste great and make a perfect snack or dessert. They contain flavonoids, a phytonutrient that lowers the body's production of cholesterol, inhibits blood clot formation and boosts the bang of vitamin C. They're also loaded with soluble fibre which lowers cholesterol, maintains healthy blood sugar levels, and helps you to manage your weight. It's also been postulated that the oils found in citrus peel may inhibit a variety of cancers.

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