Everyone has heard the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We also know that citrus fruits and the Vitamin C they contain are beneficial to our immune systems and that the potassium in bananas is good for our muscles. There are many fruits beyond these staples, though, that can positively affect our bodies while tasting great. Here are 7 fruits to keep you happy and healthy all year.
1. Aronia berries.
These delicious little berries are native to North America and were used by some Native Americans to promote good health. We now know they are full of vitamins A, C and E, folate, and such minerals as potassium, iron, and manganese, and other important antioxidants. They can be purchased fresh, in juice concentrate, or in other products like Superberries Aronia berry Gummy Chews. They can be used in baking and cooking just like other colorful berries you enjoy.
Just like Aronia berries, cherries are an antioxidant superfruit. They contain anthocyanin which researchers say can have a positive effect on inflammation and cholesterol levels. They taste delicious fresh, baked into pies and muffins, and frozen blended in smoothies, or for a delicious snack on a hot day. Their gorgeous colors brighten up any meal.
Many people probably think of cranberries as a winter holiday fruit, but they can be enjoyed year-round. They are known to be beneficial for urinary tract health, but interesting studies have also been done on cranberries helping to prevent other diseases and aid in recovery. They are a little tart, so they are best enjoyed cooked or in juice form.
4. Açaí berries.
These little Brazilian berries have made a big splash on the world stage in recent years. They are considered an antioxidant heavy hitter for all their benefits. It can be difficult to find them fresh in the United States because they travel a long way to get here, so look for them frozen or in powder form that can be added to smoothies and baked goods.
Though an avocado is probably not the the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fruit,” remember that not all fruits are sweet. Avocados are an important addition to our diets because they contain healthy fats that regulate cholesterol levels and promote the absorption of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene. It’s also one of the most versatile fruits because it can be the star of guacamole, serve as a delicious toast spread for breakfast, or be substituted for other fats in some baked goods.
Tomatoes are another super star of the fruit family. They contain lycopene, an important antioxidant that is not found in most other fruits. Tomatoes also contain Vitamin C and potassium, and they help the body absorb iron. Just like avocados, they are delightfully versatile in cooking, their flavors shining in any dish you use them in.
It might be a stretch of the imagination to believe that pumpkins are fruits, but they really are. Like carrots, their orange vegetable counterparts, they contain high levels of beta-carotene, which has long been recognized as an essential antioxidant for the body. In addition to pumpkin pie, you can bake pumpkin into breads, muffins, and cookies. It is also delicious as the base for a savory soup served with a crusty loaf of bread or mixed into hot or cold salads.
Adding these 7 fruits to your diet, along with those you already enjoy, will help you maintain a healthy balance of vitamins and minerals. Their varieties of colors and textures can also make cooking and eating healthy more fun for your whole family. Experiment with your favorites. Don’t forget that Superberries produces a variety of Aronia Berry products, prepared for your convenience. Whether you love the Freshly Frozen Aroniaberries, Aronia Berry Concentrate or the Aroniaberry Gummy Chews, you are doing your body a favor by including some in your diet.