Summer is a magical time of year when the most delicious fruits become available, providing us the chance to receive nutrients in a refreshing way.
But do you know what wonders particular summer fruits can give you? Read more to find out!
Make sure to brighten up your summer with nutrients found in watermelon, apricot, cherries and other fruits.
Watermelon is the ultimate summer fruit, as it is super refreshing with a sweet taste that makes for a perfect summer dessert. Watermelons are 92% water and thus are very low in calories. The fruit is really good for your skin, as it contains a lot of beneficial minerals and antioxidants. To make sure the watermelon is ripe look for a heavy and symmetrical one with dried stems. If those benefits aren’t sure to impress you, it is also fat and cholesterol free, protects against cancer, speeds up digestion, and is high in vitamin A and C.
Apricots contain powerful antioxidants that keep your skin healthy and protect against lung and mouth cancers. What is even better, they are low fat and cholesterol free, which can help prevent heart disease. The fruit is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and minerals like calcium and iron. Rich in potassium, apricots regulate heart rate and blood pressure with compounds that are provided in body fluids.
Mellow peaches are firm and have fuzzy skin with no blemishes. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, which make them a perfect natural moisturizer. Moreover, peaches help reduce anxiety and stress, so make sure you eat a few a day to be in a happy state of mind!
Everyone seems to love strawberries, but it is good to know why exactly they are beneficial for you. Those juicy summery red berries are rich in vitamins C and K, fiber, potassium and make for a perfect smoothie ingredient that will boost your immunity! Mellow strawberries are shiny, firm and have a bright red color. Additionally, they are often used for teeth whitening, wrinkle prevention and regulation of blood sugar levels.
Melon is a sweeter alternative to watermelon, still rich in vitamins B, C and potassium. It is a treasure for hot summer days, as it keeps us hydrated and healthy. Melon contributes to helping with maintenance of optimum health and boosts immune system, as well as lowers risks of heart attacks, prevents cancer and reduces bad cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Raspberries look like real candies, only natural and with no artificial colors or added sugars. These antioxidant powerful berries are high in dietary fiber and vitamin C. They are said to be a brainpower fruit that contributes to memory improvement and overall human’s cognitive abilities, so make the most of the season by snacking on those juicy bits.
Sweet and tasty delicate grapes totally satisfy our cravings for sweets, and can even be consumed frozen for that extra refreshment! Some of the health benefits of grapes include prevention of heart diseases, cancer, constipation and high blood pressure and reduction of risk of diabetes, as it is super rich in potassium and fiber. Not to forget that it is also full of vitamin A and makes wonders for your skin.
Blackberries definitely cannot be missed this summer! As a good source of vitamin E and magnesium, blackberries protect us from heart, brain and cell damage and delay ageing. What is even better, other than eating them as sweet snacks and as desserts, we can also add blackberries into salads and mix with other fresh ingredients. A quick and light salad idea: mix together baby spinach, blackberries, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, green onion and walnuts and top it with splashes of olive oil!
Luscious firm red cherries are a favorite dessert for many people. They also have plenty of health benefits. They are loaded with antioxidants and cancer-preventive compounds such as fiber, carotenoids and vitamin C. The peak season for cherries is May to July, so get hold of them while you can! Cherries are one of the best fruits to use for pies, so we have a relatively healthy and super easy summer pie recipe for you.
You will need:
- ¼ cup margarine
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons water
- ½ cup white sugar (you can substitute it with healthier sweetener)
- 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
- Preheat oven to 220 Co
- In a medium bowl mix together margarine, brown sugar and vanilla
- Stir in oats, flour and water
- Press mixture into a pie pan
- In another bowl stir together cherries and sugar and pour into the crust
- Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown
Recipe source: Allrecipes.com
Enjoy the tastiness!
Photo credit: Sarah Merrill