When it comes to clothes shopping, you’re a black belt. No one has to help you find what you’re looking for. You know an investment piece when you see it and you can smell a bargain from a mile away. But when it comes to shopping for fruit, you’re clueless. Do you look for the fruit that will go with most of your clothing, or is it the one that matches your eyes? When it comes to buying produce, there is really no wrong choice, but there are a few selections that you may want to consider over others. Here are a few fruits that you might want to save the prime spot in your refrigerator for.
The inspiration for many fall lipstick shades, plums will make a great addition to your fruit basket. Plums are full on anthocyanins: heart healthy antioxidants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. In fact, according to a Harvard study, eating three or more servings of these babies week can lower a lady’s risk of heart attacks by 34 percent! Also, go for the darker colors, the black and red ones pack the biggest benefits.
Now that you’ve got em, want a great way to eat ’em? Try spreading some almond butter on the whole wheat toast, and top with a sliced plum, a teaspoon of honey, and a pinch of cinnamon for a yummy breakfast treat!
Cantaloupe is on trend this season. It’s a great source of potassium which means it’s good for keeping bones strong and fighting osteoporosis. Potassium also keeps your system from getting too acidic, which prevents acid neutralizing compounds from being robbed from bones and reducing their strength.
Here’s a great way to enjoy your melon: Cut the cantaloupe into cubes and toss with four ounces of mozzarella balls, a 1/4 cup of fresh basil, three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Serve as a side with some chicken or pork. Bon appetite!
Another great lipstick hue, raspberries are loaded with fiber to help control blood sugar and keep you full longer. In fact, a 64 calorie cup of the berries can contain twice as much fiber as a cup of cooked oatmeal, and one study showed that eating 30 grams of fiber per day can be just as effective for weight loss as cutting down on calories.
Start your raspberry centered diet by blending a cup of part skim ricotta with a cup of raspberries, two tablespoons powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest to make a dip for whole grain crackers or sliced pears.
Great skin is always a great fashion accessory and mango is just what you need to rock it. A cup of mango will give you more than three-quarters of your daily serving of vitamin C, which will defend your skin from pollution and help to keep it producing the collagen you need to keep your skin plump, healthy, and smooth.
Quesadillas, anyone? Just spread 2 tablespoons of goat cheese on half of a whole wheat tortilla and top with a 1/2 cup sliced mango. Add 1 tablespoon sliced red onion and 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro. Fold the tortilla and cook in a skillet until crispy. Muy Bien!
What fruits are you shopping for this season? Let us know how you’re eating the rainbow!