A gift basket with fresh fruit is a great way to send greetings for any occasion. A popular reason for sending fruit gift baskets is as a "Get Well" gift. Not only are the fruits delicious, they contain nutrients necessary…
Published January 11, 2012 by
Ripe, juicy berries, succulent melons, crisp, crunchy apples, exotic star fruit, and pomegranates... there is a reason why fruit is a favorite snack and a main ingredient in endless recipes. It’s delicious; sweet enough to satisfy sugary cravings, and sensible enough to be guilt-free; organic fruit is not only a wonderful treat, but it also provides a host of health benefits. Next time you reach for a snack, think about reaching for some tasty snacks from the fruit basket – and think about giving your body and mind a boost.
Filled with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber, fruit is a nutritious, convenient snack that fits into even the most hectic of schedules. Studies show that people who eat “generous amounts” of fruits – and veggies – are less likely to develop chronic diseases, stroke, certain cancers, and cardiovascular diseases than those who do not eat enough. How much is enough? Fruit and Veggies Matter, a site powered by the CDC, has a handy tool to help you determine how much you should be eating every day. Say you are a 40-year-old female who exercises 30 to 60 minutes each day; according to the CDC, you should be eating (and enjoying) 2 cups of fruit each day, and 2.5 cups of vegetables.
But not all fruit is created equal: some are mostly sugar, and their juices typically contain more sugar than a can of soda. Your body isn’t going to give you credit for getting your sugar from fruit instead of candy; it treats it the same way.
The following fruits are loaded with sugar:
Fruits like oranges and other citruses do have health benefits, but you have to be careful not to go overboard with consumption.
What fruits give you the most bang for your calories?
Fruit is excellent on its own, eaten fresh, and it can also be included into recipes for desserts, appetizers, and main courses.
Try this easy smoothie for a healthy, delicious treat anytime:
Put everything into the blender until thick, smooth, and delicious. Serve immediately for a fantastic breakfast, dessert, or snack.
Eat more fruit; your body will thank you!