"A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check." - Harvard.edu
Dates, Mangos, Oranges, Apples, Pears, Papaya, Pomegranates, Bananas, Melons, Grapefruits, Lemons, Limes, Pineapples, Plums, Figs, Apricots, Kiwifruits, Prunes, Mandarins ... and the list goes on!
With so much variety in flavor, texture and color surely we can never get bored of getting enough FRUIT each and every day.
Aim for eating three servings of fruit (other than berries) each day in your journey to optimal health. To get you started, check out the recipes below - two great options to satisfy your sweet cravings without endangering your health.
Replacing processed sugars with natural fruit sugars is a fabulous goal and this Date Syrup Recipe is an easy go-to when you need that sweet fix. You can use this as a fruit dip, cook with it and even freeze it in ice trays for blending smoothies!
Wash the dates and remove the pits. Cover with boiling water, add the Lemon Citrus Cube and allow to soak for a minimum of one hour. Place the dates and water in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and blend until smooth. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 15 days.
If you soak the dates with extra water, you can store the excess water and use it as a sweetener added to lemon juice or water. This sweet water can also be used to cook grains.
You can also make these sweet syrups from any dried fruit - apricot, figs, prunes etc. Add in some spices to the water to create unique sugary syrups, dips and condiments for your meals - get creative!
Whole-food sugar is your friend as it has retained all its nutrients and fiber - it is intact and can provide your body with its bountiful goodness that reduced/processed sugars simply do not have.
Do you have a weakness for chocolate? Well, check out this quick and easy recipe for Chocolate Mousse - without any processed sugars or dairy!
1 C Almond Butter
1 C Water
1/2 C Date Syrup
1/2 C Raw Cacao (powder)
1 Vanilla (pod-deseeded and diced)
1 TBSP Cinnamon
And if you are looking for a cold, sweet treat for dessert after a meal, well look no further than the amazing Mango Sorbet! Add a little cinnamon and chili powder to the recipe for an extra kick to your taste buds and a super hit of extra anti-oxidants too!