Fruit is a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially the critical but volatile vitamin C, and the very important vitamin A (known as the infection fighting vitamin). People who eat fruit as part of an overall healthy diet have a reduced risk of chronic diseases. Fruits are an important source of many other nutrients too, including potassium, fiber, and folate (folic acid). Try incorporating more blueberries, cranberries or strawberries which contain phytochemicals that are currently being studied for their amazing health benefits.
The nutrients in fruit are vital for optimum health and maintenance of your body. The potassium in fruit can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss as you age.
Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant and those in the first trimester of pregnancy need adequate folate. Folate helps prevent neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida.
Eating a diet rich in fruit reduces the risk of stroke, other cardiovascular diseases and type-2 diabetes, as well as certain cancers.
Most Canadians do not eat enough fruit and vegetables to meet nutritional standards set by the government. For example adult men should eat ten+ servings a day, and women eight+. A recent study indicates men eat fewer than four and women fewer than five!
5 Ways that THRIVE Freeze Dried Fruit makes it easy to add more healthful fruit to your diet
Snacking is super easy. Never leave home without an airtight container of your favourite freeze dried fruit in your bag. So quick and delicious to snack on throughout your day. I keep a pantry sized can of mixed fruit in my car that I top up once in a while. Great snacking for those long road trips, and a quick energy boost when you're running late on your way to somewhere else.
2. Eliminate the competition. The more cookies, chips, and candy you have in your cupboards or your desk at work, the less likely you are to reach for fruits or vegetables (sad, but true). Keep unhealthy but tempting goodies out of sight and out of reach. Better yet, don't keep them around at all!. Then make the good stuff easier to see and reach.
3. Start thinking "Outside the Box"
So called "fresh" fruits and vegetables have often been picked weeks before we purchase them. Unless picked right from our own gardens, our nutritional expectations of them are higher than is realistic. Higher than they are capable of delivering. Nutritional value begins deteriorating in the hour it is picked. When you're buying apples that were picked last year (yup, its true) ..... well, I rest my case. THRIVE LIFE Freeze dried fruits and vegetables are flash frozen within 2-12 hours after harvest, locking in the colour, texture, flavour AND nutritional benefits.
Great for kids and adults alike - all you need is a blender and your imagination.
Mix 1/2 cup of your favourite fruit with 1 cup of your favourite milk, yogurt, or fruit juice. Use more fruit for a thicker smoothie. Add 1/2 cup of oats to increase nutrition and creaminess. click here for Oat Smoothie recipe
Beware of store-bought smoothies: they often contain only small amounts of real fruit and lots of added sugar.
Thrivelize all your favourite recipes with Freeze Dried alternatives to the (so called) 'fresh' fruits and vegetables called for. It is easier than you think. Become acquainted with the terrific THRIVE Recipe Site. If you let it, it will beomce your new BFF.
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