Why choose junk food when you can make a bowl of fresh fruit salad? It’s not as complicated as you’d like to think—you don’t need to be Martha Stewart to do it—and you can enjoy so many health benefits:
1. Salads are never boring.
First, the different colors and textures of the fruit are not only visually stimulating but also very appetizing. Second, you’re free to make your own combinations and even create different types of salads each day. You can also add other ingredients such as greens (e.g., lettuce, spinach, or aragula), as well as some healthy fats like avocado or a tablespoon of olive oil. You can even toss some meat such as some fresh tuna or shrimp.
2. They help you achieve the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
To be completely healthy, you need at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. However, only a few are able to meet that. The more that you don’t eat enough, the higher is your risk of developing some form of deficiency in the future. A small apple, one large orange, and a half cup of other raw fruits are already 3 servings!
3. They are a good source of fiber.
Although fiber doesn’t contain vitamins and minerals, your body still needs them. They sweep waste products by helping you eliminate them through a regular bowel movement. They slow down the release of glucose, so you don’t feel hungry very quickly and tired. They also make you feel fuller without being so bloated.
4. A serving is rich in vitamins and minerals.
Fruits are packed with vitamins and minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants, all of which your body needs so the cells can do their work properly and you can become healthy. They delay the signs of premature aging, reduce chronic inflammation, and protect your cells from free radicals. They can help raise your body’s pH level, making it more alkaline.
- Give more preference to fruits that have a low glycemic index to avoid sugar spikes.
- Visit your doctor first before you start eating salads regularly. He’s the best person to tell you which types of fruits you should choose and which ones to avoid.
- Pick organic fruits as much as possible.
- If you can’t finish an entire salad, store it in a bowl with a covered lid and place it in the refrigerator. You can eat it later in the day. Another way is to blend it and drink it as a juice or as a smoothie.