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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Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie

With a cool blast of superfoods, our healthy banana berry smoothie is the perfect treat after a great workout. Loaded with the incredible nutrition of three berries plus chia seeds and Betsy’s Best, it’s exactly what your body needs to recover.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup almond milk or milk alternative

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp dried Acai berry powder

1 Tbsp Maqui berry powder

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp Cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (or 3 dates)

pinch of sea salt

Step By Step Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all smoothie ingredients into the blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your superfood banana berry smoothie!!

Fun Fact: Monkey’s peel their bananas from the bottom.  Why? Because it keeps those strands from sticking to the banana.  Give it a try! You’ll be as smart as a monkey!

Cool down and enjoy our superfood healthy banana berry smoothie recipe. Please tell us how you liked it in the comments.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” stated 2,500 years ago by Hippocrates, the father of medicine.

All these years later, Hippocrates quote is still relevant, even in today’s modern world of medicine. The prevention of illness and the remedy for disease can often be found in farmers markets and the healthy section of grocery stores.  Superfoods are a super way to make your body resilient to the clod and flue.

The average U.S. adult typically suffers 2-4 colds per year, while children may have up to 12. Keeping yourself resilient through the winter months and avoiding the cold and flu can be as easy as adding some preventative and protective nutrients into your diet.  Eating a few extra immune boosting superfoods can help prevent, curtail, or rebuild the body throughout the cold and flu season and provide all kinds of other health benefits.

Betsy’s 10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

Probiotics: Protects healthy gut bacteria, keeping immune system strong. Found in yogurts, fermented foods, Kombucha, or supplements. Good to take daily throughout the cold and flu season.

Garlic: Stimulates immune system and an anti-inflammatory food. Can be eaten roasted, raw, or in a supplemental form.

Elderberry Syrup: Therapeutic powerhouse for the flu and remedy for respiratory ailments. You can find elderberry syrup in your health food store.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Can prevent and alleviate symptoms of the cold and flu. Also keeps the pH levels on track, preventing the cold and flu from attacking your immune system. Can ward of chest congestion by soaking a piece of brown paper in apple cider vinegar and sprinkle one side of paper with pepper. Place on your chest for 30 min. Just a teaspoon a day is enough to keep the cold away!

Vitamin C: We all know the benefits of vitamin C and the benefits on the immune system, but what you probably didn’t know is that these foods are the richest sources: Camu Camu, chili peppers, bell peppers, strawberries, guava, thyme and parsley, dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, papaya, and oranges.

Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears: It is debated that most colds and flu viruses enter the body through the ears. As a preventative measure or treatment of symptoms, add 2-3 drops of 3% peroxide into each ear and hold for 10 min. This has the power to start killing the cold or flu within the first 2-3 min.

Oil of Oregano: Contains phenols that control and stop the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Also contains anti-oxidants to reduce inflammation, vitamins A & C to strengthen respiratory functions, and minerals to strengthen the immune system. At the first sign of a cold take 3 drops under the tongue or mixed into water. You can also mix the oil of oregano with coconut oil and massage into the skin.

Eucalyptus Oil: Studies show that by inhaling the eucalyptus oil it can strengthen the immune system by strengthening the white blood cells and reducing inflammation. It can also reduce inflammation in the lungs after inhaling and can relieve aches and pains caused by the flu. Can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin, or taken as a supplement.

Peppermint Oil: Can lessen the symptoms of the cold and flu. Rub a few drops on your abdomen to relieve an upset stomach, reduce a fever by rubbing 5 drops on the bottom of your feet, place one drop on your tongue to open your nasal passages, or drop the oil on your temples and forehead and massage to relieve a headache.

Vitamin D: Researchers agree that catching colds and flu may actually be due to a vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D can weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to the bugs of the winter season. The best sources of vitamin D is the sun, fresh salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, mushrooms, flounder, and ricotta cheese.

Read More About Superfood Nutrition From Registered Dietitian, Betsy Opyt

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