Spring is here – and for someone who claims to love winter, I am way too excited.
Spring does not only mean that it’s my birthday in a few days, but it also means summer is right around the corner. And what is the best thing about summer? Eating cold fresh fruit on a hot day while chilling in the sun.
My all-time favourite fruits are watermelons and strawberries.
For me, strawberries are the best thing ever! They are the perfect size for a quick snack, they taste great on their own or with all kinds of things, and they are great for your health!
- Strawberries’ carbs consist mainly of fibres and simple sugars. They have a relatively low GI and do not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels
- Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate (vitamin B9), and potassium. They also contain small amounts of several other vitamins and minerals
- Strawberries contain high amounts of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins, and procyanidins
- Strawberries may decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer, as well as help, regulate blood sugar
My second favourite spring/summer snack are watermelons – so naturally, when I saw the first watermelon in Aldi’s last week, I had to get it. Watermelons are very different from strawberries but definitely not less beneficial for you.
- Watermelons have a high water content that makes them hydrating and helps you feel full
- Watermelons are low-calorie fruits high in some nutrients, especially carotenoids, vitamin C (anti-inflammatory) and cucurbitacin E (potentially prevents cancer)
- Watermelons have several heart-healthy components, including lycopene, citrulline and other vitamins and minerals.
- Watermelons contain lycopene which may help keep eyes healthy and protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD) thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Watermelon juice has some potential as a recovery beverage after exercise. Citrulline may be partially responsible for its effect of easing muscle soreness.
- Several nutrients in watermelon are good for your hair and skin. Some help keep skin supple while others protect against sunburn.
- Fibre and water are important for healthy digestion. Watermelon contains both.
Both fruits are surprisingly healthy – natures candy wants to keep you happy and healthy!