Fruit of the Month

December

Watermelon 

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Tis the season, Christmas is coming and what better way to represent the Christmas month than to have a green and red fruit?  We all know it, and we all love it- the watermelon isn’t just delicious and incredibly refreshing, it is also packed full of nutrients. Being about 92% water, the watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.

And if you are trying to keep off the pounds over the Christmas period (which lets face it, we all are), the watermelon should definitely be your choice of fruit, it is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup. So the next time you are in the supermarket, pick up a watermelon, it’s festive, good for you, and fat free!

 

November

Kiwi

 

Often overlooked, there is nothing like the Kiwi. Packed with vitamin C to help boost your immune system and keep you out of the doctor’s office. Great for diabetics as it is categorized as ‘low’ on the glycemic index, which means it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels quickly. Kiwi’s also help manage blood pressure because of the levels of potassium in them it helps keep our electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium. So next time you are fixing your fruit salad, make sure you include the Kiwi.


OCTOBER

Blueberries

  Tired of the same old fruits, and want something new  to add to your mid-day snack? Try nibbling on some blueberries. They are delicious, and also amazingly good for you. Blueberries are packed with vitamins C, E, riboflavin, niacin, and folate, as well as being a good source of minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

Not only are they a good source of vitamins and minerals, if you are struggling with your weight loss, eating blueberries may be able to help with that too. Blueberries contain a substance called catechins, which is known to activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in particular.  According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77% and double total weight loss! I’m sure you don’t need any more convincing… Add blueberries to your diet today!

 

 

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