Best Fruits To Eat

Best Fruits To Eat

Are you looking for the best fruits to eat? With so many fruits available, Betsy has narrowed it down to four fruits to focus on. Betsy calls them Super Fruits because they are  Super  For You! You will look at fruits in a whole new way when you learn these additional nutritional benefits. Fruits are not only sweet and delicious, but also optimize the nutrients in your diet if you know the best and most nutritious ones to eat. Take a look at what dietitians have to say about the most nutritious fruits and what they can do for you!

Berries are the BEST fruits to eat!

Berries Are The Best Fruits To Eat including strawberries, blueberries, and blackberriesYes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries have been known to be healthy fruits, but did you know that Goji Berry is known to be nature’s most nutritionally complete food? Known as the “red diamond,” these little berries sparkle with nutrients and one of the few fruits to contain 18 different amino acids, including 8 of the 9 essential food-based amino acids that our body can’t produce on its own. Not only that, it is the “celebrity” of vitamin C content. We give it a Golden Globe because it has 500 times the amount of vitamin C content per weight of oranges, ranking it the highest source of vitamin C in the fruit category

It is also a stellar source of vitamin B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. Vitamins are not the only category we nominate for a gold star, these red diamonds also shine in the mineral category too!  They contain 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus. Because of its rich red hue, these bright-colored berries happen to be the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods and plants on earth. GO-GO-Goji!

Great ways to eat goji berries: Sprinkle on a salad, mix with nuts to make a trail mix, add to homemade granola bars, make “red” ants-on-a-log for kids using with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, place atop an açaí bowl, or mix into oatmeal.

Pucker Up with Lemon!

Lemon anyone? Zest it, squeeze it, juice it or eat it! This tart fruit has a lot of functional health benefits. Known for a highLemons Are One Of The Best Fruits To Eat vitamin C content, it is not only great for your immune system but also for your gut health, heart health, weight control and more! Help your heart and watch your waist with the fiber in the rind of lemons by adding lemon zest to your foods. This pectin (soluble fiber) helps to keep you full and eliminate bad cholesterol from the body. Lemons are definitely one of the best fruits to eat!

The tart flavor comes from the citric acid in the fruit, and although tart on the tongue, lemons fight hard against kidney stones. It does that by increasing urine volume and urine pH, creating a perfect environment to prevent kidney stone formation. This means that marinating lemons in your water is doing your kidneys good!

Did you know that lemons can also prevent anemia? Although they contain very little iron—which is used in blood cell production—it helps our bodies to absorb iron in the gut, so creating a marinade for your meats with a little lemon juice will help you pump up your blood by supporting iron absorption!

Great ways to eat it: make a spa water with lemon, mint and cucumber, zest lemon rind over a salad, meats or fish, or add it to baked goods. Use the juice of the lemon in salad dressings or marinades, or freeze lemons and water in an ice cube tray for beautiful ice that melts into a vitamin C-rich refresher! Try this delicious Lemon Pie Smoothie Recipe using Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.

The Green Avocado Machine!

Avocados Are One Of The Best Fruits To Eat. That is Right, they are a fruitIs it a fruit, is it a fat, is it a vegetable? What is avocado? Somehow it gets classified as all three! Technically it is a fruit (it has a seed and comes from a tree) but its creamy texture with lipids often classifies it as a fat, and because of the green color and non-sweet flavor people often call it a vegetable. I wonder if the avocado is having an identity issue? In my book, this is one of the most unique and best fruits to eat because of its versatility and subtle flavor. It makes smoothies thick and creamy, it is a great replacer of butter on toast, it is fabulous on a salad or in a wrap, and it can be blended into a delicious chocolate pudding! Sweet or savory, it goes both ways!

Avocados are not only delicious to eat but also have many health benefits. Move over banana, avocados have 14% of your RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of potassium compared to 10% found in bananas. Potassium helps maintain body cells and reduces your risk of heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. The fact that avocados are high in fat is not a bad thing because they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocados happen to be the fattiest plant food in existence, but this rich oleic acid found in the flesh is what gives it its superpowers!

Don’t let the creamy texture fool you, avocados are also a rich source of fiber! The soluble and insoluble balance of fiber gives it the perfect amount and together provide 7 grams of fiber in a 3.5 oz serving. That is 27% of your RDA! Make sure you feed your gut-friendly bacteria, lower your cholesterol, and feel fuller with all that plant-based fiber!

Great ways to eat it: atop a salad, in place of mayo on a sandwich, in a smoothie, mix with cacao and honey and blend into a chocolate pudding, grill it, or cut in half, place an egg in the seed opening and bake it! And let’s not forget the famous avocado toast, duh. You can also try this delicious mint and chocolate chip smoothie with avocado and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters!

An Apple A Day DOES Keep The Doctor Away!

Ol’ Johnny Appleseed knew a thing or two when it came to this sweet forbidden fruit! The almighty apple is a staple in most An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away because they are one of the best fruits to eathouseholds, yet many don’t realize all of the nutritional benefits that comes with each bite—we are talking antioxidants, which aid in giving apples their amazing benefits! Clearly, apples are among the best fruits to eat. These phytonutrients are the powerhouse behind protecting your cells from free radical damage and reducing the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. This is not only true for apples, but nectarines, peaches, and berries too! Many fruits contain antioxidants, but some are richer than others. So if you want to slow down the aging process of your body and protect your cells, then an apple a day is the way!

Fullness is the factor when it comes to the soluble fiber in the flesh of the apple; just like the creamy avocado, the crisp apple is also loaded with fiber. This keeps you full, satisfied, and helps you manage weight.

Apples can also be a perfect paring with many foods! Enjoy your apple with peanut or almond butter, on a salad, baked with cinnamon, in a smoothie, in a chia pudding, dipped in cottage cheese or diced over oatmeal. Try this delicious Apple and Spinach Salad with a Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter Dressing!

To Your Health!

Add berries, lemon, avocado and apples to your daily diet and you will be the poster child for good nutrition as you enjoy the best fruits to eat!!

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How To Eat Heathy on Thanksgiving

How To Eat Heathy on Thanksgiving

Knowing how to eat healthy on Thanksgiving can make this favorite Holiday even better! After all, a healthy Thanksgiving is for stuffing turkey, not your belly. The Thanksgiving meal is really not that bad when you think about some of the foods involved. It’s the over-sized portions that can be bad, and of course, tons of leftovers! At the end of the day, does it really feel all that good to be stuffed?  Instead, imagine a pleasant night of feeling healthy and filled with thanks!

Make this holiday stand out from the rest by putting your portion control knowledge to the test. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you fit during the holidays so you can spend your energy on what truly matters this season: family and friends.

Betsy’s 5 Best Tips For How To Eat Healthy On Thanksgiving:

Tip #1 Get Moving

Planning will help with this so make it a priority to fit exercise into your busy schedule; a little exercise is better than none. If you can’t make it to the gym, spend more time moving: go shopping, clean the house, or heck, wash your car by hand!

Bonus Personal Trainer Tip: aim to burn at least 100 extra calories a day. That’s as easy as three 10-min walks throughout the day, which is an accomplishable goal. The more you move, the better you’ll feel and the less you’ll be tempted to eat.

Tip #2 Aim for 5 a Day!

Fill up your stomach, not your calorie level, by loading up on fresh foods. If you focus on eating more fibrous foods you won’t have as much room for the holiday treats.
Dietitian Tip: eat your veggies first at meals to fill you up faster!

Tip #3 Don’t Temp the Temptation

Know your limits and have a plan of how much you will eat if you are going to indulge. Avoid the common pitfalls such as break rooms at work or the office candy dish.
Dietitian Tip: recognize which treats you’re most tempted by and try to find a healthier version. Be creative! Find healthy foods that spark your interest.

Tip #4 Never Go To a Party Hungry

Saving calories for the party could mean setting yourself up for a diet disaster. You’ll cringe when you start to binge as, naturally, your body is trying to make up for the calories not eaten earlier in the day.
Dietitian Tip: to win against the binge, eat a nutritious healthy snack such as Greek yogurt, Asian leaf wraps or an apple with gourmet peanut butter. When you get to the party you’ll be satisfied from your snack and won’t make a beeline for the buffet.

Tip # 5 Just say “NO”. Really, it’s OK!

We feel forced to eat more food during the holidays simply because people put it in front of us. If you’re already feeling full, train yourself to politely say, “No thank you, I’ve had enough. Everything was delicious,” or “I couldn’t eat another bite! Everything tasted wonderful.”
Dietitian Tip: for the relative that is relentless about making you eat and guilt-trips you out of saying “no”, suggest he or she fix a plate for you to take home.

If you do happen to indulge, don’t let the guilt hang over you or lead to more poor choices. Forgive yourself and be thankful. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

More Tips From Registered Dietitian, Betsy Opyt

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How To Hide Vegetables in Food

How To Hide Vegetables in Food

Are you wondering how to hide vegetables in food? You know greens are healthy for you. Your mother told you to eat them when you were little to make you strong; but are you getting enough in your diet?  Becoming a green eating machine is not as difficult as you might think even if you don’t like veggies.  You just have to know how to add them into your diet.  Here are some ways to sneak in those greens. Your health depends on it!

How To Hide Vegetables in Food?  Betsy’s Best Ideas

Smoothies: What better way to get your greens than to drink them in a smoothie!  For example, mask the taste with fruit and you won’t even know you are eating spinach.

Omelets: Turn your breakfast into a veggie fest by adding spinach, arugula, beet greens, parsley or cilantro and salsa into your eggs for a delicious twist!

Grilled: Roasting veggies is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a flavorful dish.  Grilled endive and radicchio are not commonly grilled foods but are flavorful companions to peppers, onions, and mushrooms.  Even throwing a portobello mushroom on the grill instead of steak will offer a healthier dish with a meaty flavor.

Baked: Baking or roasting veggies is as easy as 1-2-3.  Throw some kale on a baking sheet, spray with olive oil, massage 3 tablespoons of your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  You can also roast Brussels sprouts for a dish that is delish!

Shredded: When shredded finely, even tougher greens become easy to handle.  You can shred these greens for a healthy garnish on mashed potatoes or mix them into your favorite salad.

Wrap them up: Instead of using a tortilla, crunchy greens that contain a good amount of water, such as Swiss chard, bok choy, escarole, or romaine, make fantastic wraps for a variety of fillings, ranging from roasted eggplant, tomatoes, onion, and garlic to teriyaki chicken made with  Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter.

These are some unique ways for how to hide vegetables in food and make your diet more colorful this spring.  Make sure to eat at least one green veggie a day, if not more!  There are so many fun ways to wrap, toss, blend or shred those veggies that you can easily add them to any meal!

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