Top 20 Fit Fruits & Veggies

By Toby Amidor

Forget about crash diets. Eating the right fruits and veggies can play a major role in helping you reach your weight-loss and fitness goals. June is National Fruit and Veggie Month, so it’s the perfect time to name my top 20 produce picks. Get ready to eat your way slim!

Best for weight-loss
These five foods are loaded with appetite-suppressing fiber. Fill up on them to help keep hunger at bay.

1. Artichoke (one medium): 10 grams fiber
2. Raspberries (one cup): 8 grams fiber
3. Brussels Sprouts (one cup, cooked): 6 grams fiber
4. Pear (one medium): 6 grams fiber
5. Broccoli (one cup, cooked): 5 grams fiber

Best to repair muscle tissue
Your body constantly breaks down and rebuilds muscle tissue when you exercise regularly. This is the process that helps you get stronger and leaner. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, anthocyanin and quercetin, help fuel these repairs on a cellular level. Eat one cup of the following:

1. Blueberries
2. Blackberries
3. Strawberries
4. Sweet cherries
5. Russet potato (eat one medium-sized, cooked)

Highest in water
Consuming foods with high water content helps replace the fluids lost during exercise, especially if you exercise outdoors during the summer months. The following five foods are at least 90 percent water!

1. Lettuce
2. Zucchini
3. Watermelon
4. Grapefruit
5. Cantaloupe

Highest in potassium
Potassium helps convert carbs into energy, and keeps your muscles in tip-top shape. It’s also an electrolyte that you should replenish during and after intense workouts.

1. Baked potato (one medium): 26 percent recommended daily allowance (RDA)
2. Baked sweet potato (one medium): 20 percent RDA
3. Banana (one medium): 12 percent RDA
4. Cooked spinach (1/2 cup): 12 percent RDA
5. Tomato (one medium): 8 percent RDA

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