Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Anytime Fruits

One of the greatest healthy habits established in our home was to eat more fruit. As we began to seek healthier habits, we learned breakfast is very important and should never be skipped.  I don't like to eat until I've been up a few hours, but I knew something needed to be ate for health benefits. Fruit became the answer,  it was easily digested and fulfilled that portion of a healthy diet. 

I was thrilled when sweet hubby jumped on board with some morning fruit. He is super disciplined and has an awesome morning routine.  Fruits are on the list and citrus is his favorite type of fruit - every day.  I love variety and different types of fruits every day works great for me.  In late summer, citrus fruits are getting scarce and sweet hubby has to adapt some!  

I found this list of the healthiest fruits that can be found year round.  The plan is to keep these fruits always available for our morning fruit ritual!

The United States imports bananas throughout the year—mostly from nearby Central America—making them "in season" no matter the season.  Research shows that bananas fuel workout performance just as well as sports drinks do—and they provide more health-boosting fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. Mix up a banana smoothie or eat the fruit whole with some peanut butter for an energy boost that lasts for hours,

Avocados (classified as fruits due to their pits) come from California year round and contain more than 20 vitamins and minerals—including potassium, fiber, and vitamin C—along with a healthy dose of unsaturated fatty acids, 

Frozen Raspberries
Raspberries are among the healthiest foods you can eat, period. Plus, they're packed with antioxidants. Even though the berries do have a short season (peaking in late June and done by early August), you can eat them no matter the season, thanks to your freezer. Because they are picked and sealed at the height of their freshness, frozen raspberries actually have higher antioxidant levels than do never-frozen varieties.

pples are a fall favorite, hitting their peak ripeness between August and November, but they're available all year long, thanks to cold storage.

It used to be that summer tomatoes were red, juicy, and altogether amazing—while winter crops were basically just colorless mush. But with an increase in commercial greenhouse farming across the U.S., it's easier than ever to get them all year long..

Dried Apricots
Studies show that the antioxidants contained in dried fruits are significantly more potent than those found in their hydrated counterparts. Dried apricots are the perfect fruit to throw in your trail mix, cereal, or eat by themselves before your workout.

The lemon is available year round, but how often do you think to pick up a few at the market? A little lemon here and there can give your day a healthy dose of flavor. Adding a few squeezed lemon slices to your water can add flavor to help you increase your daily water intake, and lemons also contain the electrolytes that your body needs mid- and post-workout.

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