Summer is here and so are our favourite fruits along with it. Lets get to understanding on why you should not be avoiding these fruits just because someone told you “Don’t you know that Mango is so heaty and is so sweet. How you going to lose that weight?” Always stick to what’s in season as it is fresh produce and along with that freshness comes the power packed nutrients.
Here are the five summer superfoods you should not miss:
1.Eat that Mango:
Mango or Aam is the summer delicacy and let’s not think twice before picking up this fruit. A tropical fruit power packed with antioxidants, fibre and a great source of micronutrients. Let us just burst that myth for you; Mango when well accompanied with your meals has no side effects on your weight. People think it is fattening because of its sweetness infact as it is so full of fibre, one mango will give you the right energy and keep you full for a long time. Also, Ladies its great for that glowing skin we always crave for.
Wondering why I didn’t discuss raw mango yet? Raw Mango or Kaachi Kairi as we commonly know it with holds great benefits too. The juice of the raw Mango helps prevent dehydration by restoring the lost sodium chloride in the body. Helps in formation of Red Blood cells, aids in digestion, helps keep our liver cells healthy and much more. It is an effective antidote for a lot of summer ailments.
2. Have you heard of jackfruit?
Jackfruit or Fanas is native to Southwest India. One fruit serves upto 3 tonnes of food. It can be had ripe as well as raw both have their own unique flavours and can be used in variety of dishes, both sweet and savoury. The seeds can be boiled and roasted and eaten as part of your snacks as they are rich in protein, potassium, calcium and Iron. The fruit is your go to for it is high in fibre (good for digestion), rich in Vitamin C (best for your immunity), oh and just like the Mango so rich in antioxidants that it helps prevent aging of skin and keeps that skin fresh and tight.
3. Let’s not forget this melon- Muskmelon:
Muskmelon or Kharbuja is Native to Iran with its secondary centre being in India. Like other melons, muskmelons are also high in water content. This means it is going to be one of your best buddies this summer helping you with that dehydration. For all you weight watchers it is very useful as it has negligible fat content and is rich in potassium which helps in maintaining weight. Instead of reaching out for a painkiller during your menstrual cycle, reach out for this fruit as it helps regulate the flow and keep those cramps away. Want to reach for a bottle of whisky because you are stressed? Wrong choice. Let us pick a bowl of muskmelon instead as it helps increase the flow of oxygen to your brain and in turn keeps you calm and smiling.
4.What is this Karvanda?
Bush Plum or Karvanda or Karonda is believed to originate near the Himalayas. There are many ways we can consume this fruit.
In its raw state it is sour and acidic with a bit of sweetness and it obtains its full sweetness when its ripe. The ripeness of fruit will determine the use of it. When it is still slightly green it can be used to prepare vegetable and when it is fully ripe it can be used to make pickles . It is enriched with antioxidants and is good for controlling your blood pressure.
A great help in flushing out the toxins and wait they have significant amount of fats but does that mean you should be avoiding it? I would say not at all because it is in the form of healthy fats and infact reduces the bad cholesterol and increases the good cholesterol.
5. Let’s go have some Jamun:
Jambul or Jamun or Java Plum is associated with many health and medical benefits. The fruit can be used in many forms to obtain all sorts of benefits.
Its vinegar form helps in diarrhoea, its seeds can be crushed and mixed with cow’s milk to benefit the skin by application and keep it hydrated, and is effective against diabetes and various heart diseases. Although it is loaded with sugars it is quite low in its calories and has all the right micronutrients to keep you going on that hot sunny day.
What should be your take away from this you ask? Well here’s what I would say understand what you eat and eat mindfully and nothing can ever go wrong!