5 Super-fruits to kick-start the new year
You may be cutting back on sugary desserts in an effort to establish healthier eating habits this year, but you don't have to feel an ounce of guilt when you indulge in these sweet and delicious super-fruits.
The exotic quality and consistency of fresh figs make them seem like a real treat, and because they're low in calories, you can feel like you're indulging without showing the effects on the scale the next morning. Although fresh figs can be hard to find at a reasonable price this time of year, dry figs can be found all year long. They make for convenient and tasty snacks when you're on the go, and they're also a good source of potassium and dietary fibre, so you can really feel good about taking a break for a quick fig snack.
You'll be hard pressed to find a fruit more vibrant than the seeds of a pomegranate. Every time you cut open the red shell of a pomegranate, you'll find hundreds of gorgeous little red seeds that are loaded with vitamin C and potassium. Snack on them by the handful, or enjoy them in yummy recipes such as this refreshing pomegranate salad. If you don't have the patience to dig out the seeds, buy a bottle of pure pomegranate juice, and enjoy a small glass of it each day.
Pomelos may be one of the lesser-known citrus fruits, but it's time to change that! Pomelos are loaded with vitamin C and offer a significant amount of potassium and dietary fibre. Plus, they're a lot of fun to eat, which makes them a great treat at the end of the day. Simply slice the pomelo lengthwise as you would a melon, then cut it into thin wedges. Peel away the pulp from the skin, and enjoy. The fruit has the slight tartness of a grapefruit paired with the sweetness of an orange, making it the perfect middle ground.
The World's Healthiest Foods reports that blueberries are consistently ranked as having the highest antioxidant capacities of all fruits and vegetables. They're high in the bone-healthy vitamin K as well as vitamin C and potassium. That's a whole lot of goodness from such itty-bitty berries! Start your day off right by enjoying a handful of berries in your morning yogourt or oatmeal. Or blend them into a smoothie for a delicious breakfast you can take with you.
Currants might not be the most well-known fruits, but they are some of the healthiest. These little berries are filled with phytonutrients and antioxidants, which are crucial for the body's proper functioning and defence. Although fresh currants can be challenging to find at this time of year, dried currants can be easily found at your local bulk food store. Toss them in with your favourite nuts, seeds and other dried fruits for a delightful trail mix you can enjoy on the go.