Summertime Fruit Galore
Ah, summertime, searching for some shade in the sun, craving a breeze blowing through the branches of trees, colorful clothing and ice-creams. But for those that are looking to shed some weight, or just don’t want to stain that Aloha shirt – summer is also the best time of the year to really dig into some fruit! There is just something bright warm and fuzzy about summer fruit that sets it apart from produce of the rest of the year, and it’s not just because of the quantities. Here are a couple of ideas on how to consume some all-time summer favorites:
Mostly consisting of water, watermelon is perfect to quench any summer thirst and boost your metabolism. If you want to try something new, get creative and make some Chilly Watermelon Soup! Sugar-free and bathed in Greek yogurt, this is the best compliment you can pay to your digestive system.
Not only is it the only word that rhymes with “door hinge” (Thanks What’s with Andy), an orange is rich in potassium and vitamin C. It prevents muscle cramps, and mixes well with almost anything! You can serve it as part of a fruit salad, or as a standalone snack, and best of all, it is the least bothersome food you can eat in your office, just remember to share with your nearest colleague.
Containing even more vitamin C than oranges, kiwis are rich in vitamin E, fiber and potassium. Mix it with a banana, blend away into a smoothie. You will get an energy bomb that’ll keep you on your toes for half a day!
Berries are awesome, and strawberries are the best berries, so what does that make them? Supercool. High in Potassium, low in calories and completely devoid of fat, they are perfect for your summer figure. And if you won’t be bothered with diets, cover a bowl of strawberries with whipped cream during the day for the sweetest snack, and have some champagne with them when the sun goes down.
Tropicana! Pineapples may be hard to prepare, but once served, you are looking at a platter of vitamin bombs. These groovy antioxidants can be carved and served in numerous ways, slit along the length, or just cut into pieces. They also mix great with strawberries in smoothies.
Though high in saturated fats, more than 50% of coconuts is lauric acid, making it a legit heart disease suppressant. Served with mango, Greek yogurt and passion fruit in the form of a smoothie, it is a great way to provide refreshment on those scorching summer days. And let’s not forget about the trending importance of coconut oil.
It is said that blueberries prevent a mass of illnesses – from cancer to heart disease, and that’s just a mass of reasons we’d want to eat them to add on to the original one – they are really, really good in smoothies, and also prepared and served with meat. Keep in mind that blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit.
High in vitamin C, fiber and anthocyanins, cherries serve as cancer prevention. Served in a fruit salad with blueberries and banana, they provide a fantastic refreshment, and if you thought they had no place in a savory meal, think again – cherry sauce, my friends.
Mango is a very meaty fruit, much like avocados, which is what makes it a wonderful and fulfilling addition to any meal. It goes well with most fruit, but smoothie fans should try it combined with peaches. Overflowing with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene, not only does mango prevent cancer, but it also heals and moistens your skin!
Low in saturated fat and sodium and high in vitamins A and C, peaches are a great idea for any fruit salad! Cut ‘em. Mix ‘em with almonds. Add some honey on top. Enjoy. They are not as meaty or as versatile as mango, but they are considerably more affordable, and easier to find. And if you can’t find them (or if you can’t find the elusive mango, for that matter), holler up and have those Sydney boys deliver some fruit salad for you.