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SUMMER FRUITS!

Summer is here! Although I may be a few weeks late, it is never too late to share with you all my favorite healthiest fruits! I know I have a lot of favorites, but you can’t beat these summer fruits. You can always buy fruit at any time, but from experience I know that it is best to buy them when they are in season. So that means the best time to buy fruit (depending on what kind of fruit you like) is the summer time! I eat about 2-3 servings of fruit a day, so my refrigerator is loaded and so is the fruit bowl on the table counter. It is easy for me to grab a piece of fruit before I leave out for work in the morning. I also either prep my fruit at night by cutting or slicing and placing them in a ziplock bag or tupperware container. So as the season approaches I like to go to whole food supermarkets to get my favorite healthiest fruits! Below check out healthy eating tips for summer tips!

1. Be sure to know which fruits are in season. Summer season you see a lot of bright colored fruits in the shade of red and orange. These fruits look wonderful if you go to a farm. You will find many of these nearby because many farmers know this is the season for picking fresh healthy fruits. Be sure to pick your fruits wisely. Don’t just pick up the first fruit you see. You gotta test it out y’all! Feel it, look at it, and smell it to see if its worth buying. These are always good indicators to find the best fruit, trust me! Fruits like:

Strawberries, cherries, plums, peaches, nectarines, mangos, melon, lemons, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelons, and apricots.

2. Make sure they are ripe. There are many myths about telling whether fruits are ripe or not. Also different fruits have different ways of letting you know if they are ripe or not. For example, you may want to feel the fruit or smell the fruit. If it smells sweet then it is ripe and if it is soft then its ripe. You may also be able to tell ripeness from the color of the fruit. This could change for different type of fruits.

3. Be aware of what fruits are on sale, especially if you can’t make it to any farms for fruit picking. It is also important to know where to buy good fruit from. Not all grocery stores have the best produce when it comes to healthy foods like fruit. Get to know your area and scope the produce section of the store to figure out if you should stay or find another store. This could mean different stores have really good prices and it will be worth your money to buy. Look up your closest grocery store weekly ad and every week there are so many different healthy fruits on sale for you! This could help you save money but also have those healthiest fruits available to you!

4. Lastly, make sure you have time to prep your fruit and prepare them for eating. For example, some fruits are readily available for you to eat on the go like peaches, apples, plums, pears, etc. You can also cut and slice these fruits but many people don’t if they are in a rush like me. But if you buy watermelon, cantaloupe, oranges, pineapples, mangos, kiwi’s, and melons then you would need to cut and prep these before eating. I use a cutting board and a really sharp knife to ensure these fruits are cut properly. You can also use a tupperware container or ziplock baggies, I find those a bit more easier to take with you throughout the day.

 

Wow! Fruit is amazing huh? & oh so healthy for you! I love eating the healthiest foods like fruit in the summer, they’re really sweet and on top of that they are healthy foods. One thing I found out about fruit, they are really hard to not like but once you find your favorite go for it and keep it handy! I also make fruit my “in-between” snacks throughout the day. I found out that once I buy fruit they can go bad really fast so I have to eat it quickly throughout the week. You can prevent this by snacking on it periodically throughout the day to get your money’s worth or buy it daily as you go which can be time consuming. Whatever works for you, go for it! Below I have attached some video examples of how you can learn to cut watermelon, pineapples, and mangos. I hope this was helpful with your summer fruits!

How to cut a:

Pineapple: https://youtu.be/AJJ-iQkbRNE

Mango: http://www.mango.org/en/About-Mangos/How-to-Cut-a-Mango

Watermelon: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-cut-up-a-watermelon-step-by-step-tutorial-221100

Kiona XO

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