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Today's post is short, sweet and FULL of flavor and nutrition.
We are talking about the fabulous food of FRUIT. Now, if you're following a low-carb diet, well I do encourage you to add at least 1-2 fruits to your diet. There are lots of low-glycemic fruits that provide so many nutrients and necessary vitamins and minerals to the body that simply can't be surpassed through taste by any other comparable foods in my opinion. However, if you asked me to pick my favorite, there's NO way I could! I love, love, love fruit!
Surprisingly, for 4 years I didn't eat fruit. I have a seizure disorder caused by a rise in glucose levels, and after discovering this, I went off medication and controlled seizures through diet instead which did wonders for my health and skin and seizures! However, I avoided almost all carbohydrates to prevent seizures from occurring. Then last year, my body became very tired, and I knew as a nutrition major that my body was not receiving enough carbohydrates. Glucose is what the brain primarily runs off of. It can not run off protein, fat or fiber. It runs off of glucose. However, that doesn't mean to be smart we need to be eating sugar everyday so don't get excited!:) However, the body uses carbohydrates as fuel and my body wasn't receiving enough fuel.
I knew I had to start changing my diet a little so I did my homework and I added more low-glycemic carbohydrates from whole grains and other naturally healthy carbohydrate foods like fruits and beans. I didn't have seizures because I introduced them slowly, so if you're not eating carbs, I encourage you to do the same.
The body needs nutrients like Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin A, E, etc and eating one serving of fruit is a great way to a healthy dose of these. They also usually make you happy eating them because they supply a quick shot of glucose to the brain so give yourself a "mood makeover" and eat your fruit!:)
Although you can get same vitamins mentioned from many different vegetables, I encourage you to add fruit to your diet. It is just fantastic! Some of my favorites are blueberries, strawberries, papaya, cantaloupe, red grapes, oranges, apples, pineapple and the ever famous, banana!
Here is a sensational recipe that uses one of my favorite, the ORANGE. I didn't eat oranges for quiet awhile and once I did, I realized what I had been missing!
*Here's an interesting tid-bit of trivia about the ever loved Orange! *
Oranges have been growing in Southeast Asia and China for approximately 4,000 years !! They made their way over to the United States in the 1600's. They also have 25% of your daily value of Vitamin C and contain about 3 grams of fiber per orange. It is also said that oranges were given at Christmas time years ago as a sign of blessings and if you received an orange, it was a symbol that you were truly blessed. I read this and took up eating an orange everyday now as a sign I realize I am blessed:) Its a small spritual way I connect to my food:) I also gave one to my mom this year!:)
I like to eat mine cut up into quarters, peel it with a small pairing knife and then sprinkle the quarters with a little cinnamon, flaxseed , dash of cloves and ginger. YUM. It tastes like Christmas morning in your mouth!:)
Today's recipe is a neat breakfast dish or an afternoon or after-dinner snack. It is perfect for kids, or as I like to eat it, an adult indugence that reminds you of your inner child which I love to do with food!:)
So feel a little younger, get your Vitamin C and even try this for your next Super Bowl party!!:)
Super Duper Orange Bowls
4 medium or large organic navel oranges
2 small organic Red and Delicious Apples
2 small Asian pears
2 bananas sliced
1 cup of red grapes
1/2 cup no sugar added fat free Vanilla flavored yogurt of your choice ( like Dannon Light and Fit)
1 tsp. cinnamon
Using a small knife, cut off one end of each orange. Next, cut the top of each orange into quarters like you are going to cut down the entire orange, but only cut half way to expose the top half of each orange. Then, with the knife, slowly peel away the pulp from the insides of the peel of each orange but leave the peel in tact ( don't continue cutting it You want the peel to be your shell of the bowl .
After you get your orange pulps removed, chop them into small pieces in a bowl.
Chop the apples into dices, as well as the pears. Toss with the oranges
Add the banan slices and the red grapes. Toss all together.
Add the yogurt and cinnamon and toss all together.
Add this "fruit salad" to the hollowed orange bowls.
Serve with a spoon and a smile!:)
* After I make mine, I like to put them in the freezer for 15 minutes to get them really cold and this allows the flavor to really set in with all the fruits together as well as chill the yogurt really cold, resulting in a more "ice cream " like resemblence.
*Serve this with your favorite breakfast staples like scrambled eggs ( made with part eggs, part egg whites or Egg Beaters), an omelet, oatmeal, and/or whole grain toast with no sugar added jam and have breakfast for dinner as a fun treat! *
*Nutritional PLUS*- This recipe is FULL of vitamins, fiber, minerals like potassium and natural sugars. PLUS, you're getting some calcium and protein from the yogurt and the cinnamon delightful spice that is proven to lower blood sugar aborption and aid in digestion!
*All nutritional reference and food trivia comes from