It’s that time of year where fruits are at their peak and I know you want to eat all of them! I always have a difficult time right around now. I love all kinds of fruit. But if you are living a low carb lifestyle, let me suggest some fruits that are better for you with lower sugar content and nutritional value.
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries, and gooseberries are all packed with antioxidants and vitamins. These are the smartest, most nutritionally-dense fruit you can eat. Aim for a half-cup to one cup daily. Keep in mind that these fruits, especially strawberries and raspberries, are excellent on grilled meats and in salads, so go ahead and experiment!
Cherries are similar to berries in terms of their antioxidant value. They have a bit higher natural sugar content, but they’re still very low-carb and are an excellent source of important fiber. Cherries are amazing with bacon, feta and greens; or try them smothered atop pork chops. OH YEAH!
Pear and apples low in sugar and contain a respectable amount of fiber. While antioxidants aren’t exactly overflowing from your average Granny Smith apples are still a great way to satisfy a craving for sweetness.
Apricots and Peaches have similar nutritional value as apples and pears. These fruits are a smart way to get a good dose of vitamin C and fiber. Avoid nectarines, which are much higher in sugar and are more affiliated to mangoes and papayas.
Here is a recipe I thought might be interesting for you to try. It really cuts your sweet tooth and is good for you. I added some almonds to make it attractive and give it some protein. Check it out….
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cut in half
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup roughly chopped Blue Diamond Roasted Almonds
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
In a large bowl combine strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, almonds, mint, and basil. Gently stir.
Quote for this week…. Unless you fill up yourself first, you have nothing to give to anybody. Therefore it is imperative that you tend to you first.