If you’ve always wondered standing outside a high-segment supermarket about what would be the best pick for you, you’ve got the answer-new fruits and vegetables. If you are bored with your regular watermelons, musk melons, grapes and oranges why not try upon unexplored territories-something such as a passion fruit, mangosteen or the mulberry? A wholesome diet is a great combination of fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy, fats and proteins that offer the body with the essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients. Its not a single fruit or veggie that satisfies these requirements and that’s why we suggest any individual to eat rainbow-colored produce that have a great variety and benefits.
A Twist to the Tale
Numerous fruit and veggie families exist each of them bearing numerous plant compounds that are great for the health. Eating a variety of them fulfills your body’s nutrient needs and beyond fulfilling the health part of it they are also eye-catchy and appealing on the plate with their colors and brightness.
Maybe it’s time now to look beyond your regular produce and try your hands on those fruits and vegetables you have constantly eyed upon but keep passing by at the grocery store. Food experts strongly believe that diversifying your diet can help an individual stick to the weight control plan (which is an important aspect in the life of many people). More variety ensures that the things we do/eat are interesting. All the more, adding variety in the fruits and veggies domain aids in keeping healthier items on the plate rather than grabbing a few desserts!
Though the name might scare you the pink and bright dragon fruit gets its name from its scaly outfits. But once you eat the fruit, I can bet that you are sure to give a second try for its taste as well as its antioxidant property. We’ve been using the bottle gourd to make subzi but our supermarkets these days store other squashes that can find a place in our home too. The spaghetti squash is the latest craze as it exists as a low-carb and gluten-free alternative to pasta.
Another amazing fact is that broccoli (green cauliflower that works great against cancer and improves bone health) can often be seen in pull-along carts and road-side shops as well. There are many other advantages of consuming broccoli and other such cruciferous vegetables which are clearly explained at www.firsteatright.com. That’s the same in case of kiwis and strawberries that seemed out of reach to the general public. Thanks to the plethora of supermarkets and international grocers that we get a chance to explore new foods that are a regularly used in other cultures across the world.
With the latest gadgets and the world in your hand with the availability of the Internet learning to cook such produce has become easier. If you are a picky eater try slowly-maybe some iceberg lettuce that are like your cabbages, purple cauliflower instead of your normal one and some blueberries instead of strawberries.
Remember, these exotic fruits and vegetables are just a suggestion to expand your eating horizon and are never a compulsion. All the nutrients are easily available in our very own mangoes, apples, papayas, brinjals, lady’s finger and drumsticks. If you are on a weight loss program and looking forward to some delicious and different recipes the exotic produce is readily at your disposal. Its got its own disadvantages of being priced at a fancy price but we hope for a day where these produce become cheaper like how the kiwis and strawberries have!
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.