Did you know certain fruits are great for your health and body. Yes it is true. These fruits listed below are providing your body with vitamins and much more.
• Papaya: This tropical fruit is known to have properties that help firm up skin and prevent sagging. Papaya has beta-carotene, vitamin C, flavonoids, folate, potassium and magnesium. Of the fruits on this list, all have some amount of vitamin C, but papaya is considered an excellent source. This vitamin is essential to the body’s production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its
Firmness. Papaya is one of my favorite fruits to add to a protein shake or to make sauces with.
• Avocado: Because they’re more savory than sweet, avocados are often confused as a vegetable. But these green orbs are actually a fruit, one of a tropical nature like papaya. The key to an avocado’s benefit to skin cells are the high levels of monounsaturated fat, considered a “good” fat. Monounsaturated fats help moisturize skin and replace oil that gets removed when washing. Avocados are great as a skin mask or even a hair mask. I actually have made a few hair masks for my hair clients & they love the results.
Cooking with avocados are amazing. I love to make a tuna tartar with diced avocados & mangos.
• Strawberry: Next on the list is one of spring and summer’s most sought-after treasures, strawberries. Known for their sweetness, strawberries are a great addition to a bowl of whole grain cereal. But hiding behind that sweetness is a host of health-boosting vitamins and minerals. In addition to high concentrations of vitamin C, strawberries are rich in antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals are broken down molecules that can cause damage to cells, including skin cells. If you love strawberries & you want to make a nice easy dessert why not try to make your own chocolate covered strawberries. Super easy & fun. Recipe will be below.
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well
Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)
Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries.
Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.
• Plum: Another sweet fruit that’s good for your skin is the plum. In the same study on antioxidants, plums were just behind strawberries in the amount of antioxidants per serving. And plums, like many other fruits, are a great source of dietary fiber. Fiber is important in ridding the body of harmful toxins by “escorting” them through the digestive tract. I love plums! Very great in cereal. 🙂
• Pear: A Sweet treat on their own, pears are also great in a number of recipes. They also happen to be a fantastic source of fiber. Of common fruits, pears provide the greatest amount of fiber. One large pear has 5 grams of fiber, three of which are soluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps rid the body of toxins that damage skin cells.
I actually would like to get into some pear recipes. I don’t cook much with them, but I would like to. I hope you enjoyed this.