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How to Pick the Most Fresh, Nutritious, and Delicious Produce: Part 2

Last week we talked about the best varieties of vegetables to be eating and how to select them at the grocery store. This week we’ll be discussing the best fruits. Fruit often gets a bad rap because it contains “sugar” but I am here to tell you that fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet! The sugar found in fruits is natural and perfectly balanced with water, fibrous skins, flesh, and seeds, and phytochemicals that help balance your body’s blood sugar response to the sweetness. Fruit is some of the most antioxidant rich food you can eat and contains polyphenols, anthocyanins, resveratrol and many other beneficial compounds that can act like medicine to our bodies. A diet rich in these healthy fruits can ward of disease, help your tissues feel young and strong, and even help slow the effects of aging. Here’s a list of the best varieties and tips for your use!

 

Stewed Apricots with Coconut Granola

Serves: 2

Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 apricots, pitted and chopped into pieces
  • 1-2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Honey to taste
  • 1 cup coconut yogurt
  • ½ cup coconut granola

Instructions:

In a saucepan, add apricots, water, lemon juice and honey (optional). Bring to a simmer and cook until apricot skins have softened and you reach the desired thickness (the longer you simmer, the thicker the mixture will be). Serve warm or cold with a scoop of yogurt and top with coconut granola.

Coconut Granola Recipe

Serves: 8

Total Prep Time: 40 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Mix all ingredients until well incorporated, separating large pieces with your fingers if necessary. Spread onto a baking sheet in a thin layer. Bake for 32 minutes stirring and turning the granola once every 8 minutes to insure even baking. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before placing in an air-tight container. This step is essential for crunchy granola!

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