Day 6 saw us consume a red vegetable, today we are looking for a red fruit. The same compounds that make a red vegetable healthy for you and give them their red colour are also found in red fruits. If you want a reminder on why the pyytochemicals lycophene and anthocyanin are good for you, see Day 6 of the Healthy Eating Challenge.
So we know red means good health let’s take a look at your options for today’s challenge:
We have discussed apples a couple of times already, but to recap they are full of fibre, nutrients and keep you feeling full for longer.
Unfortunately the cherry growing season is far too short, but during the summer months make sure you add some to your diet. Not only are they delicious but the seeds ensure you eat them slowly and really get value from the high fibre. Some other cool benefits of cherries include improved recovery from exercise, arthritis relief, cancer fighting properties and improved sleep.
Another red super fruit, raspberries have health benefits that are important to everyone. Raspberries are high in fibre and manganese which are excellent for weight loss. Fibre slows down your digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer and manganese keeps your metabolism high and helps burn fat. They also have anti-cancer properties, are excellent for your skin health and a rich source of vitamin C, B vitamins, folic acid, copper and iron.
If none of these take your fancy there a quite a few more red fruits to choose from:
- Blood Oranges
- Red Grapefruit
- Red Pears
- Watermelon (we have looked at watermelon already here)
So day 9 is an easy challenge, pick your favourite red fruit add it to your lunch box and feel the health benefits.