For the same reason we should eat more green salads, we should also eat more fresh fruits. This was one of my new year’s resolutions a few years ago. Just in case you are living on another planet and still need to be reminded the benefits of eating more fresh food, here are a few cues:
- Great source of insoluble fiber
- Contain essential vitamins and minerals to protect you from chronic diseases
- Is the way nature intended for us to nourish ourselves
My recommendation is to have fruits preferably in the morning with your breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon. Another alternative is as a dinner snack if you’re not having a full-blown dinner.
- Fruits are best eaten early in the morning. They’re the best way to “awaken the stomach” after not having had any food while sleeping.
- Snacking on fruits is a delicious way to help keep your metabolism going while consuming natural sugars.
- Try not to eat fresh fruits as dessert… because fruits are mostly water and they slow down your digestion.
If it’s difficult for you to eat fresh fruits, here are a few ideas:
- Freeze fresh fruits that may be too ripen to eat at a later time – papaya, bananas, berries, mangoes all freeze very well
- Make milkshakes and smoothies with fresh fruits or frozen fruits – here are some of my favorites:
- Buy fruits you can eat without having to peel, just as they are, like grapes, apples, pears, apricots, peaches, strawberries. Just make sure you wash them well to take off any dirt or wax.
- Add fruits in your breakfasts – like adding bananas to your cereal, blueberries to your pancakes, etc.
- Make freshly-squeezed juices
- A citrus juicer is a great investment to juice oranges or grapefruit
- The best juices to consume while eating are apple, pineapple or papaya because they contain enzymes that help digestion
When making a fruit salad, it is important to know which fruits go well with other fruits. When we eat fruits that are incompatible, usually produces uncomfortable gas. Here are some good comphbinations:
- Papaya, mango, apple, pears, peaches, bananas, plums, etc.
- Strawberry, kiwi, grapes, passion fruit, pineapple, starfruits, green apples, orange, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits.
- All melons should be consumed by themselves – watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, musk, etc.