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By Tallulah Ray
Diet and health articles are always talking about foods that you can’t eat:
Stay away from carbohydrates.
Don’t ingest too many calories.
But today I’m going to talk about foods that you should be eating more of. Specifically, fruits.
I am a fruit-aholic. I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas so I’m glad that I can fill the sugar void with fruits instead of things like cake (which is equally as awesome but not nearly as healthy).
Ladies’ Home Journal suggests that women should up the intake of these fruits in your diet. In addition to listing them off, I also looked up the health bennies, and threw in a few of my favorite recipes. That’s how much I love you ladies. All right, let’s get started.
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I should really devote an entire article to the health benefits of blueberries. That’s how awesome they are.
They decrease wrinkles and other signs of the aging process(like age-related memory loss and motor skill loss), protect your brain from environmental toxins, help burn abdominal fat, have vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, AND have phytonutrients that are proven to have anticancer properties.
And that’s not even the entire list, but we have to give other fruits a chance to be in the spotlight too. As far as recipes are concerned, I suggest just using it to top your salads, French toast, cocktails, cereal, etc.
You could also try blueberry salsa (jalapeno, lime juice, salt, fresh basil leaves, and blueberries), or chilled blueberry soup (boil with orange juice, sugar, salt, and cinnamon. Cool, blend til smooth, add half & half and enjoy).
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Kiwis are not only an adorably sad, flightless bird (if you have a box of Kleenex handy, I suggest you check out this link. I seriously go into sobbing fits whenever I see this but I can’t help but click on it.).
Kiwis are also a delectable fruit which helps your digestive tract, manage your blood pressure, protect you from DNA damage, and it helps boost your immunity. It also has low glycemic index and high fiber content with means that if you eat it, your body will not respond by storing fat produced by it.
Not only that, it also helps clean our toxins from your body (or at least your intestinal tract), helps fight heart disease, and protects you from vision problems.
Want more health benefits? It’s also naturally organic (voted one of the top safest foods from pesticide residue) and is a good source of vitamin E (which means it is great for your skin).
Hopefully, I’ve convinced you to try and add more kiwis to your diet and hopefully you’re still not bawling your eyes out at that video. Let me distract you by giving you ways to eat this awesome fruit.
I suggest eating it raw (cut it in half and scoop it out with a spoon – seeds and all). Some people eat the fuzzy skin too, which is completely safe as long as you wash it off. The fuzzy skin is a good source of fiber. If you’re looking for a recipe, why not try a strawberry, kiwi, and spinach salad or this great recipe for kiwi lime pork ribs.
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Papayas are pretty cool fruit that we’re not seeing too much of. They contain papain (which aids in digestion), lots of vitamin C, and folate (which enhances your metabolism and restores cellular growth). Did you know that one papaya has 3 days worth of vitamin C in it?
You can eat papayas raw, in salads, or toss it in a recipe. The easiest way to eat it plain is to cut it in half, then scoop out the seeds, and eat it raw.
Now, you can eat the seeds but they are not nearly as sweet as the actual fruit. Actually, they are more peppery. So if you dry them, you can use them in place of peppercorns and grind it over dishes to help flavor them.
Why not try this recipe for Mango Papaya Salsa which can be served with chicken or fish.
The article in the Ladies’ Home Journal also suggests eating more strawberries, bananas, apples, oranges, and red/purple grapes. I think that in general, opting for fruit over any other sweets is always a better choice. If you have the choice, pick one of the ones on the list, melt some dark chocolate (packed with antioxidants and helps improve memory and concentration), and fondue your way into a healthy, happy-coma.