Spring & Summer Superfoods

Guest : Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®
From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Looking to banish that winter bloat? Learn the top Spring and Summer super foods to get you on your way to a flatter tummy.
Air Date: 5/7/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Spring & Summer Superfoods
The winter weather is finally behind us... but what about that winter bloat you might still be carrying around?

Super foods -- particularly vegetables -- are great for flushing out your system, flattening your stomach and just making you feel "lighter" overall.

But the benefits don't stop there.

For instance, lycopene, which is found in red and orange veggies like tomatoes, acts as a natural sunblock to protect your skin from the sun.

Red bell peppers contain specific phytonutrients that protect your eyes from macular degeneration (which is the leading cause of blindness).

Avocados are packed with over 21 vitamins and minerals and contain good, healthy fats. They are also what's called a "nutrient booster" -- when they are eaten with other vegetables, avocados help your body better absorb even more nutrients and also help fight free radicals.

So, should you eat your veggies cooked or raw?

Both ways are great. Some vegetables actually release more nutrients when they are slightly cooked. For example, cooked tomatoes unleash the lycopene so your body can absorb it better.

Frozen vegetables are also a good option, as time and temperature can quickly degrade nutrient density.

Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®, join Andrea and Lisa to share which Spring and Summer veggies you should be eating this season.