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Fruit – My Passion

I love fruit! You name any of this delicious food group and I love any and all of it. However, eating fresh is the ticket to getting all the nutrients and health benefits that your body needs.

Fresh FruitWhen you start dipping into the processed whether in liquid or solid form, you’ve entered the bad for the body zone. Is any product with the word “fruit” in the name a valid way to meet your fruit quota? Nope. Here’s what I mean:

Problem#1: Fruit Juice

Fresh fruit juice can be wonderful. It has great flavor, great color, and good amounts of important vitamins, minerals and fiber. But how often do you get real 100% fruit juice that is unadulterated? Not often. Unfortunately, many drinks labeled as fruit juice, contain a very low percentage of actual fruit juice. For these “hardly any” fruit juices, sugar and water make up most of the contents. This robs you of the most important benefits of all-natural fruit juice. Instead, it leaves you primed and ready to fill your fat cells. Filling my fat cells is not high on my list!

Problem#2: The Fruit Smoothie

Now, now, don’t get all up in arms. Smoothies have long been considered a healthy treat, but this is often a misconception. It’s not that all fruit smoothies are unhealthy. In fact, a smoothie can give you a big boost of vitamins and minerals that help you feel energetic and ready to face the day. However, it’s very easy to add more sugar than is found in many desserts, losing all the healthy benefits and putting you at risk for fat storage.

To keep your smoothie lean and healthy, don’t add ice cream or frozen yogurt, processed sweeteners, or other items that are high in sugar and filled with empty calories. Keep your smoothie clean with fruit, ice, real juice, yogurt, and a nice scoop of protein powder to ensure it is high on the health chart. By adding protein to the smoothie, it helps to give you a full feeling and sustains you for long periods of time.

Problem #3: Fruit-filled desserts

Lots of desserts are based around fruit. Cheesecake, pie, and upside down cake just to name a few. Though most of these desserts are unhealthy, there are a few healthy fruit-based desserts to enjoy. Fruit parfait and fruit sorbet are usually lower in sugar and calories than most desserts. And if you just have to have your cake and eat it with berries too, a light angel food will fit the bill. Just make sure the slice is thin.  I’m not a dessert kind of gal, so instead, I eat an apple or a sun kissed orange and that satisfies my sweet tooth.

Problem #4: Fruit-flavored cereals

Hopefully eating bowl after bowl of fruity cereals that leave your milk pink and orange is only a problem for your kids. But if you’re still hooked on cereals that claim to have some semblance of fruit, while being filled with added sugars and calories, it’s time for a change. Yes, these cereals may taste good, but sugar-laden breakfast cereals are ruining your fitness results—even if they claim to have real fruit flavors. Wean yourself from the fruit cereals by chopping some real fruit into a bowl of healthy, sugar-free, whole grain cereal. For me, oatmeal with blueberries is the ticket! It fills me up, fuels my engines and get’s me going for the day. Oh, some coffee too please!

Stick with the Real Deal from now on. Have it the way Mother Nature intended it to be:  raw, whole fruits and avoid packaged fruit in any shape or form at all cost.  Fruit, it’s for the winner in you.

Turn It On and Look Fab!

Juetta West

For more information:

http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/All-Star-Foods/Fruits.aspx

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