5 Fruits That Deserve the Buzz: Your Dietitian’s Picks
Is your favorite on the list?
You’ll notice a theme here. Our dietitians’ favorite fruits are packed with nutrients and fiber. And while they’re sweet enough to eat as a treat, they won’t trigger a sugar binge. Consider munching on more of these tasty, tempting fruits:
1. Fresh blueberries
“They’re sweet, juicy, flavorful, and bursting with fiber and plant nutrients,” says Anna Taylor, MS, RD, LD. “Blueberries are particularly high in antioxidants that protect your cells from free radical damage.
In fact, blueberries rank high on the American Institute for Cancer Research’s list of Foods that Fight Cancer. Some research even suggests blueberries may help reduce age-related memory loss.
“What’s not to love? I sprinkle them on everything – yogurt, oatmeal, salads,” she says.
Here’s how to enjoy blueberries all year, at a fraction of off-season prices. Buy them in bulk in the summer, when they’re cheapest and most flavorful, she advises. Then wash, dry and store them in plastic zipper bags in the freezer.
“Add frozen blueberries and cinnamon to plain Greek yogurt in the morning, and store the container in fridge at work,” she says. “By mid-day, the blueberries have thawed, and their juice has melded with the yogurt. What a healthy way to sweeten your yogurt!”
2. Pomegranate seeds
“Pomegranate seeds may be tiny, but don’t let their size fool you,” says Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD. The small seeds are filled with some of the most powerful plant-based nutrients (polyphenols) that help decrease oxidative stress and inflammation.
Research also links antioxidant compounds in pomegranate seeds (ellagic acid and anthocyanins) to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
One-half cup of pomegranate seeds contain 72 calories, 3.5 grams of fiber and 12 grams of sugar…….
Read more: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/10/5-fruits-that-deserve-the-buzz-your-dietitians-picks/
Source: Cleveland Clinic