You’ve probably heard about all the health benefits of eating citrus fruits – oranges, lemons and grapefruit – including boosting immunity, healthy skin, decreasing risk of heart disease, cancer, anemia and even kidney stones. But did you know that the peels of citrus fruit also have a ton of vitamin C, riboflavin, B6, calcium, magnesium, fiber and potassium, as well as anti-inflammatory flavonoids? I’m not suggesting you go and make a meal of citrus peels – they’re bitter and difficult to digest – but there are other creative ways to use them in cooking and around the house to make use of their nutritional profile, save money, and limit your food waste.
Summer brings a bountiful harvest of tastes, colors, textures, and super nutrients in the form of FRUIT! This is my favorite time of year to visit my local farmers market and marvel at all the colors and nutrients around. There are so many wonderful choices, but there are definitely a few that pack a greater nutritional punch!
Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbeque season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally.
About 6 months ago, I made the decision to cut out as much sugar as possible from my diet, and it’s made a world of difference to my taste buds and to my digestive issues. I really didn’t realize how much sugar I had been consuming, between all the fruit, granola, and smoothies and snacks, not to mention outright sweets like ice cream (non-dairy of course) and gluten-free cookies. On the whole, I probably was still not eating as much sugar as the average American, but for someone with digestive issues like mine, I was eating way too much, as I soon discovered. I embarked on a 2-month journey to cut it all out as part of a strict anti-candidata diet. I even cut out Thai food and all fruits except grapefruit, raspberries and blueberries. As difficult as the first two weeks of withdrawal were, I discovered a really helpful fact – that sugar aggravates my digestive symptoms, namely the extreme bloating and lethargy – even when I’m being strict with avoiding my intolerances of gluten and dairy.