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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Diet of Red Fruits and Vegetables: Grapes, Beets, Tomatoes


How are you all doing? It is summer, are you enjoying the children, the traveling bug, the summer camp? It is a completely different routine, almost the same routine but somehow much more relaxing. I am surely enjoying less traffic at the normally busy school area. What a sigh! Are you enjoying the summer vacation?

Well, whenever we think of summer, we think of healthy snacks and small meals for the kids. I have been trying to find an assortment of fruits and vegetables to keep the children asking for more. I find that they like the red fruit and vegetables very much and decided to find out what are the advantages of giving them what they enjoy most. Eating your fresh fruits and vegetables are better than taking vitamins in a pill. Incorporate a combination of fresh and frozen vegetables offer a combination of many health benefits that you will not find in a pill. So, keep on chewing those food and exercise the face to look beautiful or handsome!!

I enjoy sharing what I found with you all. If you use these red fruits and vegetables that is good as they contain carotenoids, provitamin A and lycopene.

  • Grapefruit
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Tomato
  • Watermelon
  • Mangoes

(Though the recommendations vary according to age and sex, the U.S. Department of Agriculture generally recommends that women eat between 1-1/2 to 2 cups of fruit per day and between 2 and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables; men should generally eat between 2-cups of fruit and 2-1/2 to 3 cups of veggies.)


Beets contain healthy doses of iron, the B-vitamin folate, and fiber. Red beets offer betacyanin, a plant pigment which may protect against colon cancer.

Lycopene is the red pigment responsible for the color of tomatoes, berries, red onions, kidney beans, pomegranates, and grapes. Carotenoids have been shown to act as antioxidants and to promote healthy eyesight in humans. berries, red onions, kidney beans, pomegranates, and grapes. Very Interesting, would you like some tomatoes? I enjoy eating tomatoes in salad, sauces, grains and really almost everything.

 Betalains are either red or yellow pigmentation. Betalains are responsible for the deep red color of beets, and are used commercially as food-coloring agents which is the best natural and healthy coloring. This is a really healthy vegetable as it lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have anti-aging effect. This vegetable blended with some fruits is one of the best smoothie as it has a rich source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin (B-3). As a female,  I highly recommends this smoothie  at least once a month to replenish blood lost.

Anthocyanins is found in both fruits and vegetables such as blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, plums, cabbage, red onion and blood orange juice. Anthocyanins act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage and is a linked with keeping our hearts healthy, too.

 Some recipes with
Strawberries Smoothie
Chocolate covered Strawberries
Healthy and Natural Mexican Rice
Mexican Tomato Sauce

  ©Maricela, All Rights Reserved. Written for: Emy Cooks

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