Category: Fruits and Nutrients
Growing healthy children and keeping them strong
In today’s world, many parents are faced with the challenge of getting their kids to eat fruits. In my last article, we looked at how to get your children to eat vegetables and found out some really great ways to have our children asking for more.
But what about fruits, there are a lot of parents that are having issues with their children eating fruits. You would think that because fruits are sweet and children love sweets they would except eating fruits with open arms
but this is not the case. First of all, I believe that this is a physiological thing with children because if you offer them a candy bar, a donut, candy or some other sweet treat they would be all smiles. But by using reverse physiology we can have our children eating out of our hands or even begging us for more fruits.
The nature of fruits
There are so many varieties of fruits that it is just mind-blowing, different sizes, colors and so on but what I love about fruits is that fruits are natural healers that are filled with vitamins which
are the building blocks to keep up bodies in tip-top shape. So by getting our kids to eat fruits will be of great benefits.
For more on fruits and the benefits, they offer, refer to the health section of this website, I am sure that you will find some helpful tips that will help you.
I believe that more parents should be educated on the benefits of fruits and in this way will encourage them to put forth the effort to invest in their children’s health.
What I love about fruits is that they are not only filled with vitamins but can help to fight illness saving us as parents $$$$$$$ and having to take that trip or trips to the doctor’s office.
With that said let’s now look at encouraging your children to eat fruits.
Encouraging your children to eat fruits
What can we do as parents?
Many parents are puzzled or even frustrated on how to address this issue of getting their children to be a lover of fruits. Well look no further, here are some tips you can apply that have proven to give good results so let’s have a closer look at some of these solutions.
Here are some proven tips that can help you in your quest to help your kids to love fruits.
Here are some fruit salad recipes that you can try. Fruit salad recipes.
1. Make fruit salad. Making salads with fruits is a great way to encourage your children to eat fruits. The rainbow of colors will get their attention and spark interest.
2. Have them help you prepare salads. While preparing, make a game out of it, sing songs, laugh, smile and even taste a little at the same time because children follow by example.
3. As much as possible let your kids see you eating fruits and talk to them about how healthy they will become by making these fruits a part of their diet.
4. Promise if they eat their fruits you would do something special for them and whatever you choose to, make it so special they will be begging you to put fruits on their plates.
5. Buy children’s DVDs on fruits and other health-related issues and watch it with them.
6. Offer them a treat, now I don’t want to sound like I am contradicting myself but offer them a little unhealthy treat for eating their fruits. Just limit the amount of this kind of treat.
7. Don’t force them to eat their fruits.
9. This one may be a little tough but if you can make shapes out of fruits and have them to do the same also.
10. Give them a choice of what fruits they want. Let them feel like they are in control. Let them have their way with this.
11. Making fruit smoothies along with them is a great way to get them interested in fruits.
12. Take them grocery shopping with you and have them pick out the fruits.
13. Instead of ice cream or other sweet treats for dessert, why not give them fruit salad.
14. Cutting back on junk foods and having more fruits available is a good way to get your children to eat and love fruits.
Let those creative juices flow and mix it up. Create different fruits salads.
Don’t give up
And by all means, don’t give up keep trying different ways. Remember that our children are one of our greatest investment and we cannot afford to run the risk of having their health decline because of unhealthy eating.
I believe all that we need to maintain good health is found in the foods that we eat. These foods are, the pharmacy that provides us with all of that good natural stuff that will keep us happy and healthy so let’s do our best to be the BEST example to our kids
by encouraging them to eat their fruits that have proven to be so beneficial from generations to generations.
Getting down to the truth of the matter
As a child growing up, there were certain foods I noticed that my parents always keep refrigerated and I thought this was the right thing they were doing only to discover years later that these same foods should have been stored outside of the refrigerator to preserve for future use.
In this article, we will be discussing why certain foods should be kept away from the refrigerator.
15 Foods not to refrigerate
Here is a list of foods that may surprise you that are best keep unrefrigerated
1. Tomatoes– should be kept on the counter because chilled tomatoes can lose it flavors and firmness. Unripe tomatoes can also be kept on the kitchen counter or windowsill to reach full ripeness.
2. Garlic– is a herb that has such a wonderful flavor and can add that WOW to about any dish. Allowing garlic to chill can reduce its effeteness as far as flavor is a concern. Garlic should be kept in a place that is dry and cool.
3. Honey– is a natural sweetener that is enjoyed worldwide, this sweet liquid gold has many health benefits. Keeping honey refrigerated will cause it to become hard and not that pleasant to the taste. To preserve this sweet liquid gold store at room temperatures such as kitchen cabinets, cupboards, and pantries.
4. Avocados– are one of my favorites but avocados should be kept at room temperature because if allowed to chill for a long time avocados will lose its rich color and will begin to turn black and will get mushy.
5. Onions– goes great in soups, salads and so on But once onions are cut and place in the fridge they will lose some of their favor along with becoming mushy. If you must store onions in the fridge place them in a baggy. Make sure no air is in the baggy, place baggy in the vegetable pan.
6. Potatoes– flavor is best preserved when keeping at room temperature levels. The chill from the refrigerator can destroy the flavor and if allowed to store in the refrigerator for a long time can cause potatoes to get mushy.
7. Thyme– should be kept in a dry place because thyme losses its flavors when it is chilled, also the leaves will dry out.
8. Rosemary– is a herb that I love because of its strong flavors but
chilling rosemary can destroy the taste. This herb is best chilled at room temperature, to keep its flavor store on the kitchen counter.
9. Nuts– are you nuts over nuts. Nuts should be stored in an airtight container to preserve its freshness and flavors. Chilled nuts will not only lose its flavors but can become stale and the taste will just be unappealing.
10. Strawberries are great to add to those mouth-watering desserts but allowing these fruits to chill for a long time can cause them to become soggy and lose their flavor. It is best not to let them sit for too long.
11. Bananas– are a popular fruit that is mostly eaten at breakfast time either by itself, pancakes, cereals, and so on.
But keeping bananas in the fridge can cause it not only to lose it flavors but the banana will begin to turn black including the skin. Chilling bananas will also slow down the ripening process.
It is best to keep bananas on the kitchen counter where the room temperature is just right.
12. Pineapples– taste pretty awesome when chilled, here in the Bahamas where I live, the pineapple fruit is used to make a delicious dessert that is called pineapple tart along with many other treats that would excite your taste buds.
But keeping unripened pineapple in the refrigerator will slow down the ripening process. It is best to store pineapple at room temperature, once ripen slice and chilled for a refreshing delight.
13. Peaches– are best kept at room temperature until ripened. There are many varieties of peaches that makes this fruit so amazing. Peaches are also used for many sweet treats. After they have ripened, peaches can be refrigerated.
14. Melons– are pretty refreshing doing those hot summer months. Melons have also been listed among foods that can keep the body hydrated. Though melons taste great when chilled, if melons are allowed to be kept for a long time in the refrigerator melons will not only lose some of its flavors but it will also become mushy.
Unripe melons should be kept at room temperature in order to ripen. Places like the kitchen and breakfast counter or even the kitchen table will do just fine.
15. Basil– the flavor of basil is just out of this world. I have used this herb for years and enjoyed every minute of it because basil has such a unique flavor that it can add that, WOW to just about any dish.
But keeping basil in the refrigerator will not only destroy the flavor but will also cause basil to wilt. keeping your basil at room temperature and in about an inch of water will go a long way in preserving this herb.
These are just a few of many foods to store at room temperature preserving them so you can benefit the most from what they have to offer by enjoying their aromas, flavors, and vitamins.
Raspberries are not only sweet to the taste but these fruits are loaded with vitamins and has other benefits that aid the body in so many ways. Raspberries may be small in size, but the benefits are great.
We will be looking at some of these benefits along with some facts that you may not have any so continue reading about this awesome fruit that nature has given to us.
Vitamins of raspberries
Vitamins of raspberries includes
Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Fiber
Raspberries health benefits
1.Has antioxidants that help the body to get rid of free radicals.
2.Aids in weight loss.
3.Boost the immune system.
4.Has been known to slow down aging.
6.Promotes heart health.
7.Is good for vision.
8.Promotes women’s health.
9.Reduces risk of muscle degeneration.
10.Helps with blood sugar level.
Raspberry fun facts
1.Raspberries can be gold, purple, red or black.
2.Raspberries are said to be dated back as far as 4 AD.
3.There are more than 200 species of raspberries.
4.A single raspberry is made up of many tiny beads like fruits know as drupelets.
5.Raspberries are a part of the berry family.
6.Raspberries have been known to be used as a symbol of kindness.
7.Raspberries is believed to have about 120 seeds
8.You can eat raspberries with, pancake, ice creams, fruit salads, as smoothies or by themselves.
9.Raspberries can stain your hands and clothes.
10.Russia produces the greatest amount of raspberries worldwide.
Raspberries are really awesome, this tiny fruit can truly pack a punch. Adding these fruits to your diet will benefit you in so many ways, so load up on these berries and reap the benefit they have to offer.
Guavas have such a wonderful taste that can really excite your taste buds. Besides the wonderful taste, this fruit has some benefits that are so awesome and will do your body a whole lot of good.
Here are some benefits and fun facts you will find to be interesting.
Vitamins that are found in guava includes
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Calcium, Potassium, Manganese, Fiber, Phosphorous, Niacin, Copper, Magnesium, Fiber, Folate, Pantothenic acid, Protein.
Guava health benefits
1.Help to control blood pressure.
2.Aids in weight loss.
3.Good for a bowel movement.
4.Promotes eye health.
5.Good for your skin.
6.Help to fight cancer.
7.Guava is good for your heart.
8. Improves the immune system.
9.Guava is a good brain food.
10.Good for diabetics.
Fun facts about guavas
1.There are many varieties of guavas in which some are seedless.
2.Guavas skin, flesh, and seeds can be eaten.
3.Guava leaves make a great tea.
4.A guava fruit contains between 100-500 seeds.
5.A guava tree can live up to 4o years.
6.Guavas can be pink, green, yellow or white.
7.The wood of guavas is used for meat smoking.
8.Guavas can be grown indoors.
Health benefits and fun facts about the kiwi fruit
Kiwi is a favorite of mine and despite the size of this tiny fruit, kiwi is loaded with vitamins and has many health benefits. Kiwi fruit is a native of China, this fruit was introduced to New Zealand, after many years, made its way to the USA.
The name of the kiwi fruit before it changes was called the Chinese gooseberry. But how can a diet in kiwi fruit benefit us in live a more healthy lifestyle?
Kiwi fruit contains an abundance of vitamins which includes
Vitamin A, the High source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Copper, Potassium, Iron, and Magnesium.
Here are some health benefits of the kiwi fruit
1.Helps to promote good digestion.
2.Helps to fight cancer.
3.Aids in heart health.
4.Has antioxidants that fight free radical.
5.Helps to manage blood pressure.
6.Aids in boosting the immune system.
7.Is good for diabetics.
8.Promotes eye health.
9.Aids in weight loss.
1o.Supports bone health.
11.Is good for asthmatic patients.
12.Is said to help reduce stress.
Fun facts about the Kiwi Fruit
1.Kiwi fruit is named after the kiwi bird, the national bird of New Zealand.
2.Kiwi fruits the first name was the Chinese gooseberry.
3.Kiwi fruits are said to be berries.
4.Kiwi has brown fuzzy skin.
5.kiwi contains 2 times Vitamin C than orange.
6.Over 1 million Kiwi fruit is produced each year.
7. Kiwi is a native of China.
Kiwi does not only have a unique history but the fruit itself is very beneficial and can help us in so many ways. So the next time you go to the supermarket remember to pick up some of these fruits and enjoy all the benefits they have to offer.