Dry body, glowing skin and the right amount of energy and vitality. What it takes to face the last weeks of winter. Is it difficult to achieve these goals? Not that much. As long as you enrich your daily diet with lots of fruit. Which quenches thirst, refreshes and regenerates the body. As well as stimulating the mind and senses with captivating colors and scents. Green light, therefore, for fruit-based fruit salads, juices, smoothies, smoothies and light mousses. Your silhouette will benefit but also your tan when you return from holidays!
WHY IS EATING FRUIT GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH?
Fruit consists of a high percentage of water, useful, always and especially in summer, for rehydrating the body. It also contains many mineral salts such as magnesium and potassium and a fair amount of carbohydrates in the form of simple sugars (glucose and fructose) which give energy without weighing down the body. But fruit is above all a precious mine of vitamins, in particular C and beta-carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A). These substances are essential for the body because they act as antioxidants, the so-called "scavengers" of free radicals, with the aim of slowing down the aging processes of our cells. However, the contribution of proteins and fats, which are scarcely present in fruit, is negligible, while fibre, such as pectin, facilitates digestion and regulates intestinal functions.
FRUIT, FRIENDLY OF THE LINE
With few calories, around 40 for a medium-sized fruit, you can fill up on water, vitamins and fibers which facilitate the work of the intestine and purify, dissolving excess liquids and fats. The sugars in the fruit, then, give you ready-to-use energy: just what you need to recharge your batteries after a year of work or regenerate yourself after a swim or run by the sea. Add to this the high sensorial value of fruit which satisfies the sight with its colours, the sense of smell with its fragrances, the taste with the right mix of sweet and sour.
EATING FRUIT IS GOOD FOR YOUR SKIN AND HELPS TANNING
Apricots, peaches, melon, papaya, oranges, lemons, grapefruit... Eating yellow and orange fruits: here is the secret to transforming a healthy diet into a real beauty cure for skin that has just been exposed to the sun. The credit goes to beta-carotene, present in fruit, which converts into vitamin A in the body, known for its protective action against sun rays. And to encourage the production of melanin which gives and prolongs the classic tan. Furthermore, summer fruit is among the richest sources of vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants, which protects eyesight and skin, intervening in the formation of collagen.
HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD FRUIT BE CONSUMED?
Nutritionists recommend consuming at least two-three portions of fruit a day, especially in summer, to ensure the correct intake of water, vitamins and mineral salts which, with heat and sweat, are lost more easily than in winter. It is important to eat as many varieties as possible. After all, the beautiful season gives us many varieties of fruit, with different flavors and aromas to truly satisfy all tastes. Why not take advantage of it?
IS IT TRUE THAT FRUIT SHOULD BE CONSUMED OUTSIDE MEALS?
Preferably between meals because fruit tends to ferment and can create annoying stomach swelling, especially if you have eaten a lot. But, as always, this is not a hard and fast rule. A good habit, however, is to eat fruit for breakfast, during the mid-morning snack or as a snack. For a regenerating and tasty daily break.
DRINKS AND FRUIT COMPOSITIONS TO REGENERATE
A rich peach salad with lemon juice? Sweet and sour together for a satisfying snack. Juices or smoothies of oranges and carrots? A natural, healthy and nutritious drink, with an intense aroma and a regenerating flavour. Grapefruit juice is excellent for cooling off, as it also seems to have a slimming effect, while a good glass of fresh water enriched with lemon juice or lemon juice is undoubtedly thirst-quenching. For those with a sweet tooth, mousses and ice creams. But only fruit.