I couldn't agree more.
In the fast-paced society we live in, there aren't enough people who regularly take the time to pick out fresh fruit (beyond an apple) at the grocery store. They look for something that is quick, easy, prepackaged and relatively low in sugar.
Sadly, I'm also guilty of this. However, in the past few weeks I've grown to appreciate exploring and consuming a variety of fresh produce. This is in part due to the fact that I live in a new neighborhood and want to see what local markets, farmer's markets and grocery stores are available.
I recently had a house warming party and bought a watermelon. I made a delicious watermelon, mint, feta cheese and balsamic salad. But the best part was I have so much fresh leftover watermelon. Watermelon's are usually only $4 - $5 at the grocery store and can last up to week.
Watermelon is a healthy, filling snack to help fill your sweet tooth cravings. And if you're worried about fruits containing too much sugar, they are still healthier than a sugary soda. The packaging of fresh fruits allows your body to absorb sugars more slowly, which ultimately helps keep your blood sugar under control.
This morning my breakfast consisted of that leftover watermelon, a banana, fresh cut mango, and a plum. It was one of the tastiest breakfasts I've made in a while. And it only took a few extra minutes out of my morning to create. It's definitely worth trying even if that means setting your alarm clock a little bit earlier.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently found increased fruit consumption is tied to lower body weight and a lower risk of obesity-associated diseases. Whole fruits contain antioxidants and a variety of nutrients including fiber to help you feel full longer.
So, I dare you. The next time you are at the market and reach for a candy bar, instead pick up a plum, mango or pluot. You might be pleasantly surprised.