Get the most of these 5 summer fruits
The summer sun zaps a lot out of you, leaving you feeling tired and low on energy. What if there was a deliciously smart way to fix this? We’re bringing you the lowdown on 5 summer fruits that you cannot afford to miss this season:
Luscious, red and juicy… this is one fruit that is loaded with taste and the goodness of countless vitamins. A cup of strawberries has only 50 calories but will make up for 12% of your daily fiber need. Since it fills your stomach, it takes care of your hunger pangs without piling up the calories. Make this your source for Vitamin C and folate and boost your metabolism too.
Try this: Chop strawberries into small pieces and put in a bowl. Now add fresh cream to cut the sourness.
Have you caught yourself stress-eating? You need foods that can calm you and provide you with the nutrition your body is asking for. Cantaloupes are rich in fiber, nutrients and minerals. A cup of cantaloupes will keep you full for a long time and prevent bouts of comfort eating or stress eating.
Try this: Cut cantaloupes into thick strips and place on a grill for 3 minutes. Turn the slices and grill for another minute. Serve by brushing with honey and cayenne pepper.
Eating an orange is a better idea than drinking orange juice. So keep one handy in your bag for times when you crave water or sugar! Not only does it give you fiber and vitamin C, it also helps keep your body hydrated.
Try this: Separate the orange segments and add to a bowl of iceberg lettuce and chopped avocado. Add cilantro vinaigrette dressing and you have a delectable Mexican salad to dive into.
Summer can slow you down and the same goes with your digestive system. Dig into a nice, fleshy papaya to give your body natural enzymes that boost digestion and metabolism. Add in some fresh yoghurt with your plate of papayas and you are summer-ready!
Try this: Grate raw papayas into long strips and toss in a bowl of sprouted green grams and some steamed soba noodles. Add a dash of salt and pepper for taste.
It would be a shame if you don’t treat yourself to the king of fruits when in season. Many shirk mangoes worrying about the calories. But don’t dismiss this fruit as it helps with a healthy dose of Vitamin A and Vitamin C along with beta-carotene. Simply put, it keeps your skin radiant and helps prevent cancer in the long run.
Try this: Cut ripe mangoes into long slices. Line a broiler pan with foil and place the slices in a single layer. Broil for 8 minutes till brown spots appear. Serve with lime wedges.
Summer fruits take care of your body’s requirements, help you stay fit and cut out the bad calories that lead to weight gain. Guess it’s time to fill up your fruit basket and treat your taste buds to some wholesome goodness of fruits that are in season.