The Fat-Burning Fruit Salad

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Can fruit salad help in your weight loss goals? It sure can! But on the other hand, if you use the wrong combination of fruits, it can backfire on you and keep your weight at a standstill. Here’s one of the best fruit salad recipes I use for weight loss:

Ingredients

3 cups chopped watermelon

1 can peaches in 100% juice

1 can pineapples in 100% juice

1 cup chopped strawberries

1 cup grapes

1 1/2 cups blueberries

2 Tbsp lemon juice

Directions:  Simply add all the ingredients except the peaches, pineapples and the lemon juice. When adding in the peaches and pineapple, drain off about half of the juice in a separate container. You don’t need it for this recipe. Then, add the lemon juice last and toss. 

Now for the good part. Here’s why this works to burn off excess pounds:

Watermelon – Eating less to lose weight isn’t easy if you’re always hungry — the key is to eat foods that help you feel full for longer. Watermelon is a good candidate for prolonging fullness. Each wedge has 5 percent of the daily recommended intake for fiber, which slows digestion and promotes satiety.

Blueberries – Blueberry is a fruit that helps you lose belly fat by taking advantage of the health benefits, such as the positive effect its antioxidants such as anthocyanin have on your body, vitamin C to keep your immune system strong, and vitamin E for anti-aging. Blueberry antioxidants have been linked to the banishing of belly fat, heart disease, and diabetes.

Strawberries – Strawberries can help promote weight loss in three ways: (1) They increase the body’s production of a hormone that stimulates your metabolism and suppresses your appetite. (2) They can slow the rate of digestion of starchy foods. This helps control the rise in blood sugar that follows a starchy meal. This is a key benefit for those with adult-onset Type 2 diabetes. (3) Strawberries also can help your weight-reducing hormones function properly.

Pineapples – Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps your body digest protein. Consuming pineapple — or supplemental bromelain — may help people who lack digestive enzymes digest foods and fats better.

Lemon – Excellent liver detoxifiers, lemons also alkalize our body. They may seem acidic based on taste but in the process of being metabolized by the body, they actually alkalize our bodily fluids and tissues. Maintaining the health of the liver is also imperative to the body’s ability to digest and burn fat, since the liver is one of the organs responsible for these functions.

SIDE NOTE: You may want to eat a banana about 30 minutes after this salad to jumpstart your body into moving its bowels even better! (BlackDoctor.org/Chef Dee Lawyne)