8 Summer Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Summer is officially here and in addition to some fun in the sun, you’ll want some pool/beachside snacks to munch on throughout the day. These light snacks are perfect for the summer months because not only are they delicious, they’re also good for you.

Each of these seasonal bites are easy to make and could play a part in weight loss. (Hello, beach bod!)

1. Watermelon


Watermelon is probably one of the most popular summer fruits because of its watery but sweet flavors. According to this study by Purdue University, the red and green fruit contains citrulline, an amino acid that can improve your cardiovascular health and blood pressure.

Serving suggestion: Eat them in slices or make these watermelon ice cubes to give your drink a healthy, sweet taste.

2. Avocado


Everybody loves avocados—and for good reason! This healthy fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) contains a high level of vitamins and antioxidants that can help reduce hunger and improve nutrient absorption.

Serving suggestion: Slice some avocado on top of your salad, make some guacamole or utilize one of these 11 delicious avocado recipes. You won’t regret it.

3. Blueberries

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Blueberries are sweet and flavorful, and they are easy to toss in a Ziploc bag and eat on the go. They’re a perfect snack to munch on when you’re in a hurry or when you’re poolside. One cup of the berries is under 100 calories and they contain anthocyanins, which can help lower your blood pressure.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add them to a fruit salad or get creative with these frozen yogurt blueberry kebabs.

4. Pineapple

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This tropical fruit is a perennial favorite, and it’s no surprise. Pineapples contain a high amount of Vitamin C and manganese, a mineral that contributes to calcium absorption and fat metabolism.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add some to a smoothie or add some to your drink for extra flavor.

5. Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are a key veggie to consider for weight loss, since they contain capsaicin, a known metabolism booster. Also, one cup of the peppers is only 45 calories!

Serving suggestion: Get creative with a stuffed peppers meal, add some to your salad or incorporate them into your next salsa.

6. Corn

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Corn is the perfect healthy addition to your grill-out because it’s a rich source for Vitamins A, B and E, as well as a provider of necessary minerals such as iron and zinc. (Just don’t slather on too much butter!)

Serving suggestion: Corn on the cob, corn bread or corn salsa.

7. Turkey Burgers

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Yes, you can eat a burger without the guilt! There are many ways to modify a burger to make it healthier: opt for turkey burgers instead of beef, use a tomato instead of ketchup, ditch the bun and wrap it in a lettuce leaf instead.

Serving suggestion: A modified burger as we mentioned above or add some oven-roasted turkey breast to a salad.

8. Bananas

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We know bananas are high in potassium, but they’re also a low-energy density food, which can contribute to weight loss. Honestly, the health benefits of the fruit are endless.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add them to a smoothie or incorporate them into a fruit salad.

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This Insane Hotel Room Costs $18,000 Per Night

With $18,000 you could buy a new car, pay off student loans, or put a down payment on a house.

But, if you don’t feel like doing that, you could always fly to California and spend a night in this ridiculously expensive 6,000-square-foot penthouse suite at the Fairmount San Francisco.

Just one night in the penthouse will cost you the full $18,000, and to show you why, we’ll go room by room:

The Living Room

The living room includes plenty of seating for up to 50 people, a baby grand piano and a fireplace.

The Billiard Room

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Besides the billiard table, this room has hand-painted wood-carved walls and Moorish architecture.

The Guest Room

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As the first of three bedrooms in the suite, this room has plenty of natural light as well as more than enough closet space and a private, full bathroom.

The Library

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This two-story library has plenty of seating, over 2,500 books and yes, even a hidden door behind one of the many book shelves.

The Master Bedroom

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This huge master bedroom comes equipped with plenty of space, a fireplace and full private bathroom.

Another Guest Room

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Another guest room… because, why not?

The Kitchen

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With plenty of counter space, the kitchen is fully stocked with fine china and organic food from The Ferry Building Farmer’s Market.

The Dining Room

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The chandelier in this dining room has nearly 2,000 pieces of Czech crystal. Just in case you were wondering.

The Balcony

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Spend your afternoons getting some sun and taking in a skyscraper view of San Francisco.

15 Quick Tricks To Make Your Dog’s Life Significantly Better

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Dogs are man’s best friend. Dogs also have pretty great lives. From taking walks, to eating treats and wagging their tales, a dog’s life seems to be the one to beat.

We’ve seen many life hack videos and posts for us humans, but what about some genius life hacks for our furry canines? Well look no further, because this video via Youtube user, Ariel Hamilton, shares 15 life hacks for dogs that we’re going to break down for you.

Use these in your day-to-day routine and your pup will definitely appreciate it.

1. 1:36 – Keep A Lint-Roller In Your Car

When your dog sheds its hair all over your clothes and you need a quick clean-up, having a lint-roller in your car will be the easiest way to instantly look more polished.

2. 1:48 – Keep A Carabiner On Your Dog’s Leash

Just in case you’re out with your pup somewhere and a situation arises in which you need to chain him or her to a tree or pilar for a couple minutes, the carabiner will be an instant solution.

3. 1:55 – A Quick, Yummy Snack: Flavored Ice Pops

For when you want to switch up the treats you give your dog without an expensive solution, this YouTube user suggests apple and chicken broth ice pops.

  1. Cut up apples into small slices and put into an ice cube tray.
  2. Pour chicken broth on top of the apple slices.
  3. Put ice tray into your freezer until frozen.
  4. Serve!

4. 2:08 – A Toy With Both A Loop and Ball Will Allow for Multi-Tasking

If you’re busy working but your pup wants to play, having a toy with a loop on one side and a ball on the other is the perfect multi-tasking solution.

Just put the loop around your foot and your dog can play with the ball while you still get to work. It’s a win-win.

5. 2:19 – Remove Dog Hair From Your Couch and Carpet

To remove dog hair from your couch, wet a rubber glove and run it against your cushions.

To remove dog hair from your carpet, run a window squeegee across the floor to make it come right up.

6. 2:35 – Apply Your Dog’s Shampoo With A Water Bottle

Get a water bottle with a pop-up nozzle and fill a quarter of it with your dog’s shampoo. Fill the remaining 3/4 with water, and shake the bottle.

The nozzle will make it easier to apply the shampoo to your dog’s fur, and since you’re only using a quarter of the shampoo, it’ll last longer.

7. 2:51 – Quench Thirst With A Portable Water Dispenser

When you’re taking your dog on a long walk during a hot day, water bottles such as The Gulpy will come in handy. It has a nozzle for you to carry the water and sip on, as well as an attached water bowl for you to pour water out for your dog.

8. 3:04 – Study Up On Dog Safety

If your dog chokes on something or any other safety issues arise, having studied up on what to do in dangerous situations beforehand could be potentially life-saving.

9. 3:18 – Clean Up Your Dog’s Breath With Parsley

If your dog has bad breath, sprinkle some parsley into his or her food to freshen it up.

10. 3:24 – Protect Your Dog From Salt On Sidewalks With Vaseline

If you live in a place that has snowy winters, apply some Vaseline on your dog’s paws before a walk to protect them from the salt chemicals put down on the sidewalks during that time of year.

11. 3:33 – Calm Your Dog During A Thunderstorm With A Dryer Sheet

If your dog gets scared during thunderstorms, calm him or her down by rubbing their fur with a dryer sheet. The cause of their scared emotions often have to do with the static electricity in the air, so doing this should help to calm your pup down.

12. 3:42 – Store Your Dog Food in An Airtight Container

This will give you easier access to your dog food, will make it more difficult for your dog to get into and keep it fresher.

13. 3:50 – Use A Basket To Keep Your Dog’s Items Organized

If you have a lot of things in your house, keeping a basket specifically for dog items such as their leash or treats will help you become more organized.

14. 3:58 – Use A Chart To Track Feeding Your Dog

If you sometimes can’t remember whether you’ve fed your dog or not, make a chart on a dry-erase board and hang it on the wall by their food bowl. Mark an ‘X’ for when you feed your dog to keep track of how much he or she has eaten per day.

15. 4:08 – Find Most Or All Of The Items For These Hacks At The Dollar Store

From the dry erase board chart to the lint roller, most of these items can be found in any dollar store, meaning you can improve your dog’s life without breaking the bank.

Your Kids Can Now Drive A Mini Tesla Model S, Built By Radio Flyer

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In case you may have forgotten, Tesla Model S cars are really, really nice. With state-of-the-art technology such as autopilot with Autosteer and Summon, and all-wheel drive, their vehicles are the ones to beat.

But it was recently announced that they’re expanding their sales elsewhere, with an unlikely partner: Radio Flyer. Yes, Radio Flyer is the company known for making those little red wagons your parents used to drag you on while walking to the park.

Radio Flyer making the move to partner with Tesla S means one thing – they’ve made upgrades.

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Radio Flyer and Tesla have made a mini version of the popular automobile specifically for young children in the hopes of giving them the ultimate driving experience. Here’s a quick overview of the car’s awesome features:

  • It’s powered by Flightspeed Lithium Ion batteries
  • You can “plug in” the car like the real thing to charge
  • It has working headlights
  • It has a functioning front trunk (or frunk, as they call it)
  • It has two speeds, 3 and 6 MPH
  • It includes forward and reverse driving options
  • It comes with an AUX cord so you can plug in your phone to play music

Here comes the catch – the car retails at $499. That’s at a minimum – the price goes up if you also buy the optional car cover, personalized license plate or parking sign. This is comparable to the cost of some Mercedes branded kiddie cars – the Avigo Mercedes ML63 costs $549.00.

These Teslas are so popular and in demand that they’re only available for preorder and not ready to be shipped until June.

But hey, if you’ve got the money laying around, then why not?