For those of you on Steps 3 and above, you’ll be finding so many healthy and exciting meal options unfolding before you, this is where we reintroduced fruit as part of your daily allowances. There are lots of delicious fruit options listed in your Steps book that will see you through all seasons, and so many ways you can include them in your diet; from topping your breakfast, a snack on the go, something sweet after dinner or even experimenting by adding fruits to salads and main dishes.
Not only are fruits super tasty, they’re packed with nutritional benefits too! Here are our favourites from the fruit list in the Steps book and the added bonuses they offer while making up your five a day:
While it may seem like a fairly basic fruit bowl staple, don’t be deceived. The simple apple is packed full of benefits. They’re full of flavonoids, awesome antioxidants that are said to lower the risks of diabetes and asthma, makes you think the old saying ‘an apple day keeps the doctor away’ is probably pretty true… They’re also a natural mouth freshener!
Bananas are packed with potassium which helps your body maintain normal blood pressure and reduces calcium loss too! They also contain tryptophan which your body converts into serotonin, so not only are bananas good for your health but they’re a mood enhancer too! Bananas can help reduce your chances of experiencing cramp post work-out, so if you’re following our #Fitfor5 challenge you should probably stock up!
Did you know that the fuzzy little Kiwi boasts more than five times the amount of immunity boosting vitamin C found in your average orange? They can also help with keeping your bones, teeth and gums strong. You can also eat them whole, fuzzy skin and all, packed full of fibre they’re great for your digestive health and keeping things moving (if you know what we mean…)
This ruby jewel like fruit is a total superhero food, full of antioxidants (notably tannins) vitamins A, C and E as well as iron, it’s also high in fibre too! Studies have shown that pomegranate seeds can amazingly help prevent heart disease. You can scoop the seeds out to serve, or squash and strain into a delicious and refreshing juice.
Made up of 92% water, watermelon is great for followers of Cambridge Weight Plan, as it adds a little extra boost to your daily water intake, while being low in calories and satisfying your sweet tooth. Don’t be fooled by the high water content however, the fruit is still soaked in nutrients including the powerful antioxidant Lycopene which is said to lower the risk of stroke and has the potential of lowering cancer risks too.
So fill up your fruit bowl and reap the rewards of the new additions to your weight-loss Plan. What’s your favourite way of serving up fruit while on Plan?
For more information about the fruit list and how much you’re allowed on Plan please speak to your Consultant