Blood Oranges and Bananas

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Blood Oranges and Bananas: Super Fruits

In our second in a series of fruit frenzy favorites we will take a look at beloved bananas and the succulent but less common blood oranges.

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Bananas

If you want a quick fix for flagging energy levels, there is no better snack than a banana. Research has proven that just 2 bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions making it a must to add to your daily diet. See: The Power Behind Bananas

Blood Oranges

Also called pigmented orange or moro orange, good-quality blood oranges should be firm and heavy for their size. It is the crimson tint that makes blood oranges healthy.

Blood oranges are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, and a very good source of Vitamin C. They have the added benefit of anthocyanins, too. One of these oranges packs around eighty calories.

Eat blood oranges out of hand or juice them in salads. They are great for juicing due to the flavor and coloring.

Blood Oranges Cocktail Recipe

Blood Orange Cocktail
Blood Orange Cocktail

3 ounces of blood orange juice
1 ounce of vodka or white rum
Ice

  1. Put all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Put the combination in glass.
  4. Drink and enjoy!

Super Fruits: Persistent Point

All fruits are healthy for us, but the best ones are those with the most fiber. A good rule of thumb is to stick with the “S or S” fruits. These are the ones with edible skins or seeds. Fruits included are apples, peaches, pears, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and grapes.Eating the skin and seeds amps up your fiber intake. The skin and the seeds contain most of the antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

That’s why it’s much better to eat whole fruit, rather than relying on juices.

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Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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