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Food Benefits

A balanced diet not only promotes weight loss, but each food group provides essential vitamins and minerals to your body to keep it functioning.  Take a look at what these foods offer your body.

•    Essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.
•    Helps to build strong bones; slows bone loss; and reduces fragility.
Choose: Fat-free or low-fat milk and yogurt.

•    Lean meats contain the essential amino acids the body needs.
•    More iron is absorbed by the body from beef than from spinach.
•    High in protein and zinc.
Choose: Beef and pork cuts with the terms “loin” or “round.” These are naturally lean cuts of meat.

•    Important for cardiovascular health.
•    Helps regulate blood clotting and vessel constriction.
•    Omega-3s improve the condition of your skin, hair, and nails.
Choose: Salmon, tuna, or tilapia, as all are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

•    Help curb your appetite and aid in long-term weight loss.
•    Great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
•    Tons of fiber and nutrients.
Choose: Whole grain pastas, breads, and cereals that are high in fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium.

Fruits & Vegetables
•    Low in calories.
•    Broccoli is rich in vitamins A and C.
•    Tomatoes are high in flavonoids which help prevent heart disease and cancer.
•    Mushrooms are high in vitamin B which help with red blood cell functioning.
Choose: A variety of fresh or frozen vegetables/fruits without the extras, such as added sauces.

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