Packed with a unique phytochemical called cucurbitacin E that’s thought to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, watermelon is said to help prevent cancer and tumour growth. Satisfy your sugar cravings with a wedge of this juicy fruit.
1 / 10 1. WATERMELONRead more
2 / 10 2. CUCUMBERRead more
Rich in vitamin K that’s required for blood clotting, this low-calorie food has a high water content that creates a feeling of fullness. Add slices of cucumber to your sandwiches or snack on cucumber sticks with salsa.
3 / 10 3. APPLESRead more
This crunchy fruit is high in soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol, as well as quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that protects the heart. Stash a few apples in your bag so you will have something healthy to snack on during the day.
4 / 10 4. BERRIESRead more
Besides being high in antioxidants, berries have a low glycaemic index. What this means is they prevent your blood sugar levels from spiking and crashing, allowing your body to enjoy a more sustained energy release. Berries are also high in fibre, keeping you feeling full longer. Add your favourite berries to salads, cereals, smoothies and yogurt.
5 / 10 5. LEAFY GREENSRead more
Spinach and lettuce have high water content – up to 95 per cent for lettuce – and are high in fibre. Spinach is also a great source of iron and vitamin K, which is essential for bone health as it prevents the growth of osteoclasts, cells that break down bone tissue. Add leafy greens to any salad or sandwich, or enjoy them as a side to a main dish.
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This juicy fruit is high in vitamins A and C, as well as the antioxidant lycopene, which is thought to reduce the risk of certain cancers. It also has a high water content that increases your satiety. Offering a sweet burst of flavour, cherry tomatoes make a great snack any time of the day.
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This calorie-free beverage is chock-full of antioxidants, and is believed to carry a range of benefits, from improving cardiovascular health and reducing inflammation to fighting free-radical damage in the body. Drunk warm, it reduces hunger pangs and hydrates your system.
8 / 10 8. CELERYRead more
Celery has a blood pressure-lowering effect: the vegetable is high in phthalides, chemicals that dilate the blood vessels and act as a diuretic. It is also extremely high in fibre. So the next time you’re feeling peckish, try snacking on a celery stick or two.
9 / 10 9. GRAPEFRUITRead more
The red and pink varieties are loaded with phytochemicals called limonoids, which are believed to have anti-cancer properties. Like other citrus fruits, grapefruit is also an excellent source of immunity-boosting vitamin C. Have half a grapefruit for breakfast, together with a bowl of high-fibre, low-fat cereal, and you’ll keep those hunger pangs at bay until lunchtime.
10 / 10 10. CAULIFLOWERRead more
Besides being high in fibre, this cruciferous vegetable contains glucosinolate, which works to reduce inflammation and possibly reverse blood vessel damage, making it especially good for people with cardiovascular disease. Enjoy it in salads, soups and stir-fries, or serve it as an alternative to mashed potatoes by steaming and mashing a head of cauliflower.
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