Bring The Roses To Your Cheeks

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Apples

With so many choices – Ambrosia, Gala, Honey Crisp, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Cortland and Granny Smith, apples are a great way to snack while keeping a check on calories.

They are a rich source of polyphenols, which have antioxidant effects. Apples are high in fiber and water, helpful in digestion. Pectin found in apples works as a prebiotic. It has a gentle and mild flavor, leaving a fresh aftertaste.

With so may ways to use – fresh, in milkshakes, pies, toffee, candy, grilled, in salads, fried, pureed and even with meat – the choices are practically endless.

Blueberries

Cute, tasty and popular, blueberries are a favorite world-over. They are rich in Vitamin C and K, manganese and small amounts of fiber.

They are one of the highest in antioxidants, helping skin stay fresh and young. They help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood, and lower blood pressure.

They help fight urinary tract infections, and flush out bacteria if present on the wall of the bladder.

They are pretty and colorful and can be had fresh, or in smoothies, pies, cakes, jams and salads. A refreshing way to start your day, they are loaded with all things good and fun. Snack on them during the day, or toss them into a cup of oatmeal, with pancakes or ice cream. One of nature’s best, and daintily tasty – they are a great way to keep your water content high.

Raspberries

Well, who doesn’t love to play with things pretty, and even so are raspberries a delightful way to entertain children, a healthy and refreshing snack, loaded with goodness.

They are a rich source of vitamin C, E, K, and high in fiber and folate. They are made mostly of water, and are rich in carotenoids and antioxidants.

The leaves may be used in herbal tea, while the fruit may be eaten fresh, or in pies, smoothies, cakes, pancakes, waffles, jams, salads and pureed.

Grapefruits

One of the best tropical fruits, it is quite popular despite it’s sour taste. It is certainly is sweet as well, and comes in both red and white shades on the inside.

It is a good friend to those especially in cold and weatherworn places, where one might be prone to light and frequent respiratory infections. The high levels of Vitamin C help colds at bay.

It is a good dose of antioxidants, fiber, Vitamins A and C – and is delightfully low in calories. It helps prevent inflammation. It also contains traces of copper, zinc and iron. It contains a lot of water, and helps fight weight loss.

They help prevent kidney stones, and may help reduce insulin resistance in the body.

One may take some time acquiring a taste for the quaint taste, but it is a very good snack and alternative to fatty foods. It can be had in vegetable smoothies, in salads or in juice form.

Pomegranates

Pomegranate contains Vitamin C and K, folate, potassium, protein and is a good source of fiber. It is also very sweet, and is loaded with antioxidants, much higher than green tea.

It is rich in phytochemicals and is best had fresh and homemade, since pasteurization can reduce the amount of Vitamin C.

The pomegranate peel which is high in antioxidant content, is made into powder. The fruit fights inflammation, thus lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. It has been known to significantly reduce blood pressure and tri-glyceride levels.

The anti-bacterial property of the fruit helps prevent dental infections and inflammation. It helps in digestion, and has a calming effect, helping heal ulcers and bowel infections.

Pomegranate juice aids in fighting fertility issues and can increase testosterone levels in men and women.

Vitamin E in pomegranates can help prevent infections. It is also good for maintaining healthy skin and hair growth. It is one of the healthiest foods you can have, and a good glass of pomegranate juice or just the fruitlets will help in overall health.