5 Healthy Summer Fruits To Enjoy

The more time we spend under the sun, the more we should spend thinking about what we eat as well as drink.  Being outside, we need to be aware of dehydration, skin sensitivities and vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may happen to our bodies during the peak of summer.

On top of drinking water, fresh juices and smoothies, eating fruit can also help your body stay energised and hydrated. Besides being delicious, these top ten summer fruits are nutrient power-packs and all of them have a low-to-medium glycemic load. Enjoy them straight up or try one of the unique serving ideas below.

Apricots

They have a velvety skin and flesh: not too juicy but definitely smooth and sweet. Their flavor is almost musky, with a faint tartness that is more pronounced when the fruit is dried. Some people think of the flavor as being somewhere between a peach and a plum, fruits to which they're closely related.

Benefits: 

They are full of beta-carotene and fiber that are one of the first signs of summer. Although dried and canned apricots are available year-round, fresh apricots with a plentiful supply of vitamin C and rich in many plant antioxidants.

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Watermelon 

Watermelon has an extremely high water content, approximately 92%, giving its flesh a juicy and thirst-quenching texture while still also subtly crunchy. As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin, cucumber, and gourd that grow on vines on the ground.

Benefits: 

One of the more unusual aspects of watermelon is its rich supply of the amino acid, citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems (including cells that line our blood vessels) into arginine (another amino acid). Watermelon seeds can provide us with small but helpful amounts of both iron and zinc.

Pawpaw

Paw Paw (or papaya) is a fruit that grows in tropical areas throughout the world. The pawpaw is a deciduous, often narrowly conical tree growing from about 12 feet to around 20 feet.

Benefits: 

The fruit  includes unique ingredients not found or found in limited concentrations in other fruits. Two of these, papain and chymopapain, are enzymes that help break down proteins and convert them into amino acids, making paw paw an excellent digestive aid, reducing bloating and indigestion. It also is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin E, which all work together to help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, putting you at a lower risk for heart disease.

Blackberries


With flavors that range from mildly sweet (cultivated) to tart and tangy (wild), blueberries are nutritional stars bursting with nutrition and flavor while being very low in calories. They are deep in color, ranging from blue to maroon to purple-black, and feature a white-gray waxy "bloom" that covers the berry's surface and serves as a protective coat.

Benefits: 

Blueberries are a very good source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. Blueberries are also a good source of fiber and copper.

Pineapple 

Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. Pineapples are actually not just one fruit but a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an "eye," the rough spiny marking on the pineapple's surface.

Benefits: 

Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. It is also a very good source of copper and a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid.

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