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Saving Dinner
by Leanne Ely, Certified Nutrition Counselor

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If there's one thing I love, it's a good top 10 list... especially one that involves food. And when it's a list that gets me salivating and helps me lose a few pounds at the same time, what's not to LOVE about that?

Here then are the Top 10 Skinny Foods for Summer. This is the stuff you'll want to buy, eat, keep in your pantry or fridge and make sure you return to often.

Cherry1) Life is a Bowl of Cherries
Cherries boast an alphabetical punch of vitamins A, C, and E as well as phytochemicals that help block the formation of breast, lung, liver, stomach and skin cancers. Add the fiber factor and the medicinal properties that help fight gout, and you can't say no to cherries!

2) Melon Mania
Cantaloupe, AKA Muskmelon, is chock full of potassium, vitamin C and beta carotene. If that wasn't enough, how about some disease fighting properties that help you control blood pressure, protect against cancer and lower your cholesterol? Cool sliced cantaloupe is a terrific way to start your day!

3) Beet It
Another colorful entry into the top skinny foods from summer is, believe it or not, BEETS. Yes, beets. Not the icky pickled kind found on salad bars that no one touches. The fresh variety. They're at their peak in summer months and both the greens and the bulb can be eaten. Yes, they can stave off cancer and are folate-rich, an essential nutrient for fighting birth defects. Grate the purple part into your salad and chop the tops, sauté in olive and garlic for a satisfying side dish.

4) Big on Basil
Who can say no to fresh basil, sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella drizzled with olive oil in the middle of summer? Not me! But basil is more than a fabulous summer flavor; it, too, helps prevent cancerous changes in cells. Add to that the digestive benefit of helping to quell gaseous spasms (you know what I'm trying to discreetly suggest!), you have one of nature's most powerful herbs.

5) Provocative Avocados
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@ 8:36am ET on June 16, 2008 What a great list! Exactly what I wanted to read right before going grocery shopping!! I love Guacamole with baked pita chips instead of tortilla chips! I also use it as a spread on my turkey sandwiches sometimes too! Just think whe guacamole, you get numbers 5, 7, AND 10 in one swoop!

Now, I'm hungry...
@ 7:27pm ET on June 16, 2008 I love almost all of these foods and they are a part of my diet! I can't wait for fresh tomatoes from my garden, yummy. Thanks for the great info!
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