(CNN) – Saturday is the first day of summer and we take a look at foods that are ripe this time of year and find out how they can help us keep the weight off.
Want to lose a little weight this summer? Eat your fruits and vegetables. The variety doesn’t get much better than this time of year. Let’s take berries.
“They’re actually very high in fiber and that fiber helps to keep you feeling full. And you can eat less food that way. They’re also a great source of water. So those 2 things combined really do help to keep your weight on track.”
Registered dietitian Marisa Moore says honeydew melons, cantaloupe and watermelon are also full of water. Another low calorie choice is cherries.
“For every cup of cherries it’s about 100 calories and 3 grams of fiber. That’s the perfect pool side snack.”
When it comes to vegetables, Moore recommends tomatoes, peppers and green beans which are not only good for the waistline, but they taste great this time of year.
And if you’re up for something different, add Swiss chard to your smoothie. It’s one of the few greens in season during the summer months.
Experts recommend 2 cups of fruit and 2 and a half cups of veggies each day but most Americans don’t eat anywhere close to that amount.
If you’re looking for healthy ways to trim down this summer, a good place to start might just be in the produce section.