Best Summer Fruits To Eat
Eat for the season you are in! There’s no denying that summer is here. It’s hot and humid outside and if you don’t have air conditioning, it’s probably starting to feel boiling inside too. These hot and humid days are the perfect time to take advantage of the best summer fruits that will refresh and hydrate you.
Sweet, healthy, and packed with nutrients, it won’t be hard to include fruit on the daily. Some new recipes and fruit-filled ideas will get the whole family on board.
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What does the NHS Recommend?
The NHS recommends that you should be eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That should account for just over a third of the food you eat each day.
Fruits and vegetables are amazing sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals. This contributes to the evidence showing if you eat your 5 daily portions, you lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers.
Your fruits can be:
The possibilities go on…
So What’s a Portion?
One full piece of fruit like a banana, apple, pear or similarly sized fruit
80g fresh, frozen, or canned fruit
30g dried fruit
150ml glass of fruit juice or smoothie
You can get 5 in no problem!
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Grapefruit: One of the healthiest citrus and best summer fruits, it has some unique properties. Eating grapefruit can help lower insulin levels and cholesterol, prevent kidney stones and is even useful in losing weight.
Pomegranate: Fun fact, the antioxidant levels in this nutrient-dense fruit are three times higher than those found in green tea and red wine! They have anti-inflammatory properties and have been said to reduce the risk of cancer.
Strawberries: These gems of the earth have lower glycaemic levels than other fruits, meaning they shouldn’t cause a big blood sugar spike. They are full of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese.
Watermelon: It’s an obvious best summer fruit but no one is blaming you for loving it! Watermelons are 92% water, making them super hydrating. Lycopene, the main antioxidant found in watermelon, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.
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Mango: Look no further for a great source of vitamin C with a delicious tropical taste. Mangos have also shown in studies to help prevent diabetes.
Pineapple: Another tropical fruit full of vitamin C. Pineapples also contains a mixture of enzymes known as bromelain which has anti-inflammatory properties and promotes protein digestion.
Cherries: Cherries are full of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. They are also rich in melatonin, a hormone that signals your brain when it is time to sleep. Long story short, eat cherries to promote your quality of sleep!
I Always Forget that's a Fruit...
Olives: Yes, they are technically a fruit. A fruit with a great source of iron, vitamin E, copper, and calcium. Studies have linked their plant compounds to reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Still probably don’t want to add these to your fruit salad!
Avocados: Avocados are pretty different from most best summer fruits. They are low in carbs and high in healthy fats. This fat is mainly oleic acid, which is linked to heart health and lower risk of stroke. They are also loaded with potassium, fibre, and magnesium. Mash up that guac!
Be Like the Fruit Bat:
Eat fruit everywhere!
Start the morning off with a fresh smoothie bowl, add some granola on top for a nice crunch
Try some fruit like apples or strawberries in your salad
Test out some fruit salsas! Great on top of tacos or for chip dipping
Make your own frozen fruit treats by freezing different juices in ice pop moulds
Check out Living Healthy With Chocolate’s recipe for a delicious traditional Acai bowl here!
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