So we all love to keep healthy. I’ve read a lot about berries recently and it seems they are seriously the way forward. I’m talking about dried pomegranates, gooseberries, goji berries, blueberries and strawberries. Here’s a nice explanation from one of my favourite sites, livestrong.com, as to why pomegranates are so good for us:
Scholars speculate that the pomegranate decorated temples in the Old Testament and was buried with Egyptian royalty as a means to a healthy afterlife. It is a viable source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and folic acid. Although the pomegranate does contain a high quantity of sugar and is more calorie-dense than most fruits, it does not take a whole portion to reap its rich-in-antioxidants benefits.
Here is a snippet from from a Men’s Health article on goji berries:
Goji berries have one of the highest ORAC ratings—a method of gauging antioxidant power—of any fruit, according to Tufts University researchers. And although modern scientists began to study this ancient berry only recently, they’ve found that the sugars that make goji berries sweet reduce insulin resistance—a risk factor of diabetes—in rats.
I like that you can eat these things dry, or simply include them in a health smoothie for an on-the-go day.
Here are my favourite places for smoothies in Cape Town:
Liquorice & Lime in Bellevue Street – Fruit Smoothie R28
Spur anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R24
And Kuai anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R21
I’ve also found a great recipe for a healthy banana & peanut butter smoothie:
- 2 bananas, broken into chunks
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
- 2 cups ice cubes
Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).