You need to have fruits the healthy way. When you consume fruits in a processed form or as canned juices, most of the nutrients available in the fresh fruits are lost. For example, the fiber content is entirely lost when you make the fruit into a juice. And potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron are considerably lost out when fruit juices are processed and canned into bottles. There is a healthy way of consuming fruits. Here are general tips which can help you do so
- Keep the whole some fruits on the table if you are going to consume the same within an hour or so.
The reason being cut fruits can get oxidized. All important nutrients and minerals get wiped out when exposed to the open air or room temperature for long. In that case, it is better, you put fresh fruits in air tight containers or porcelain bowls before you put them in the refrigerator.
- Seasonal fruits are always fresh and inexpensive. Plus all the flavors and minerals are retained in these fruits better than stored ones.
- In case you are opting to buy fresh fruits, buy ones that are deep frozen as the nutrients in fruits remain intact.
- Precut fruits like melons and pineapple chunks need to be consumed immediately upon purchase. Don’t store these for long.
What kind of fruits are ideal during meals?
You can make a healthy breakfast by including fresh apples, bananas or strawberries to oatmeal or corn flakes. These act as a good appetizer and is filling as well. You don’t feel hungry for long.
You can add fresh strawberries and kiwi fruits with low fat yoghurt or cream for a whole some breakfast.
If you are taking meals from an office cafeteria, then you can try your hand with a mix of tangerine, bananas and grapes else you can pick apricots and fresh pineapple chunks from the salad bar. Your appetite is half full and you don’t have a craving to eat double cheese pizzas and fatty burgers.
For dinner, you can try having a glass of fresh orange juice or have a fresh fruit salad with a combination of apples, celery, walnuts and peaches along with a low calorie salad dressing.
You can keep a mix of dried fruits in your desk or bag. Cashews, raisins, dried apricots, blue berries, dried plums, blackberries and walnuts make great crunchy snacks. You can gift attractive dry fruit baskets for Christmas to loved and dear ones.
You can also try adding apple sauce to substitute peanut butter for having along with bread sandwiches. Makes a healthy snack and keeps your appetite full. Similarly high calorific cheese can be substituted with a low calorie variant of mayonnaise.
Add a better twist to eating fruits in order to make it more appealing
You can try making a delicious fruit smoothie with a fat-free or low fat milk or yoghurt and can include fresh frozen fruits like strawberries and peaches. You can also try adding bananas, mangoes or apples for a super creamy smoothie combination.
These are exciting ways and means of eating fruits in a better and also in a healthier way.