Fruit and Vegetables In Season January – February

Harwood E Woodpecker asked:


With Winter in full swing it’s probably more important that at this time of year we all make sure we get our recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day to ensure we stay fit and healthy. Below I’ve listed some of the better choices available to you;

Rhubarb

Although used in sweet dishes, rhubarb is actually a vegetable. It tastes great either stewed or in comforting crumbles. To stew it, wash the sticks, cut them into pieces around 7.5cm long, place in a pan with a little sugar and a dash of water and cook on a low heat. You’ll find all the rhubarb in store at this time of year is grown in the so-called ‘rhubarb triangle’ between Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield. It’s called ‘forced’ rhubarb because it’s grown in darkness which encourages the sticks to grow while the leaves stay small and yellow. It’s then picked by candlelight to preserve the quality of the crop. Forced rhubarb is sweeter than summer rhubarb and is also a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fibre.

Butternut Squash

Rich in complex carbohydrates, low in fat and a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, butternut squash acquires a lovely nutty flavour when roasted or baked. It’s also a great ingredient for warming soups and casseroles. Cut it open and remove the seeds and fibre before cooking and peel it if necessary. For a winter warmer recipe for Thai butternut squash curry, see the recipe section.

Bramley Apples

Apple crumble and apple pie are the UK’s favourite desserts, which is why the UK is the only country in the world to grow apples especially for cooking. Nearly 95 per cent of the cooking apples eaten in the UK are Bramley apples. They were originally cultivated by Matthew Bramley who found this special fruit in his Nottinghamshire garden in 1846. Bramley apples are full of essential vitamins and minerals and a good source of dietary fibre and vitamin C.

Grapefruit

To stay healthy, we should all aim to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. At this time of year, that isn’t always easy but some types of fruit are at their very best during the winter months. Grapefruit is one of these fruits and it provides many nutrients, such as vitamin C, that we need during the dark, cold days.

There are several varieties of grapefruit, each with a different coloured flesh. The pink varieties tend to be sweeter than the slightly astringent white grapefruit which may need a little sugar to make it palatable. Try it for breakfast, lightly sprinkle the surface with sugar then fork the top of the fruit to mix the grapefruit juice and sugar together. With a small bladed cutting utensil cut through the segments to make it easier to remove from the skin and eat.

For a delicious salad, mix grapefruit segments with some green salad leaves and avocado. It’s also good with prawns, shrimps or other seafood.

Seville Oranges

Seville oranges are known as ‘bitter oranges’ because their sour taste makes them inedible without cooking. However, because of their high pectin content, they are great for making marmalade. Seville oranges give marmalade its distinctive, bitter-sweet taste, and it’s called thick cut’ or ‘thin cut’ depending on how thickly the peel is sliced.

Remember boys and girls; eat your fruit and vegetables and you’ll grow up to be big and strong.

How to Make Simple Desserts With Layered Fruit Salads

Laura Cockerell asked:


Layered fruit salads are an easy and delicious way to create simple desserts in minutes. They also make a quick, light meal on a warm summer day or whenever you want a simple and refreshing meal.

Layered fruit salads are quick to make, look beautiful and create great taste with little effort. Anyone can create these simple salads and have a great dessert ready in minutes for yourself, family, and friends whenever you want.

You can serve these simple desserts on dessert plates, in parfait glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses or whatever you may have that will allow you to layer the ingredients. Be creative and let your imagination guide you.

Here are some great combinations and servings ideas to create layered fruit salads. These salads should be made as close to serving time as possible to prevent browning of fruit and provide the freshest taste.

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Fruit combination: bananas, peaches, apples

Fruit preparation: slice the bananas, pit and thinly slice the peaches, core and dice the apples

Layer ingredients: plain Greek style yogurt, cinnamon squares cereal

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
- sliced peaches
- plain Greek yogurt
- sliced bananas
- cinnamon squares
- diced apples
- yogurt

Repeat with as many layers as desired. End with a dollop of yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top.

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Fruit combination: plums, nectarines

Fruit preparation: pit and thinly slice both the plums and nectarines (reserve a couple of slices of both fruits and cut into cubes for garnish)

Layer ingredients: sour cream, nutmeg, honey, sliced almonds

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
- sliced nectarines
- sour cream topped with a dusting of nutmeg and a drizzle of honey
- sliced plums
- sliced almonds
- sour cream with nutmeg and drizzle of honey

Top sour cream with some of the reserved cubes of fruit.

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Fruit combination: *mandarin oranges, pink or red grapefruit, avocado
(*note: canned (in juice) and drained mandarin orange segments may be used)

Fruit preparation: peel and section both the mandarin oranges and grapefruit, pit, peel and slice avocado

Layer ingredients: crumbled goat cheese, walnut pieces, grated ginger

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
- orange segments
- crumbled goat cheese
- walnut pieces
- grapefruit segments
- avocado slices
- grated ginger
- goat cheese
- walnut pieces

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Fruit combination: strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe

Fruit preparation: hull and slice strawberries, halve the cantaloupe, remove seeds, cut melon into small cubes

Layer ingredients: crumbled cinnamon graham crackers, semi-sweet mini chocolate chips, fresh mint leaves (minced), ricotta cheese flavored with cinnamon and honey

Serving Idea:
Layer ingredients in this order:
- crumbled graham crackers
- sliced strawberries
- blueberries
- chocolate chips
- a sprinkling of mint
- flavored ricotta
- sliced strawberries
- cantaloupe cubes
- a sprinkling of mint
- graham crackers
- flavored ricotta

Top this last layer of ricotta with a few blueberries and a sprinkling of mint and chocolate chips. You could also serve whole graham crackers on the side too.

How to Grow Apples

Linda Jenkinson asked:


The first thing you need to grow apples is a long-term commitment. Growing apples takes considerable time and quite a bit of work. Still, if one of your fondest childhood memories is the apple tree in your backyard, producing your own apples is a satisfying part of gardening.

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Before you begin growing apples, make sure you have room for at least two trees. Typically, two apple trees bear enough fruit to keep a family of four in good supply. Apple trees need to grow in full sun, which means they need at least six hours of sunlight each day. Even dwarf varieties need to be spaced at least 8-feet apart. It is also essential to provide your trees with good drainage. Although apple trees tolerate a variety of soil types, they prefer sandy loam to sandy clay loam with a pH of about 6.5.

Choosing cultivars

You probably wonder why you need two trees to grow apples. Apple trees are self-incompatible. Simply put, this means that even the most industrious bee (bees are the chief pollinators of apple trees) can’t persuade two trees of the same variety to bear fruit. So, to grow apples you usually need two trees of different varieties. Some nurseries offer apple trees that have two or more compatible cultivars grafted on the same tree; but to be on the safe side (and to get enough apples for a family of four) you still need two trees. A flowering crab will also pollinate your fruit-bearing apple tree and is useful in pest deterrence, as you’ll see later in this article.

Although apples trees grow from seed, it takes several years and a significant amount of nurturing to produce an apple harvest from seed. The easiest way to begin growing apples is to purchase either bare root or container grown trees from your favorite garden nursery.

In addition to fruit size, taste, and color, your nursery professional can recommend trees that are cold hardy for your area, bloom at approximately the same time, are pollination compatible, and are disease resistant. You’ll find that purchasing disease resistant cultivars makes a generous cut in your apple tree maintenance time!

When selecting trees from a catalog or Internet site, you need to make these comparisons between cultivars. Look for catalogs and sites that list compatible cultivars for you.

How high your tree grows also depends on the type of tree you plant. Dwarf varieties reach 8 to 10-feet in height, semi-dwarf trees grow 10 to 15-feet tall, and standard trees may reach heights of 20-feet or more.

Although their yield is less, dwarf and semi-dwarf rootstock typically bears the same size fruit as standard size trees and is overall easier to manage.

Apples Are Good Sources Of Antioxidants

Laura Ng asked:


Fruits and vegetables form an important part of a healthy diet. If you consume 2-3 servings of each daily, you will be well-protected against
cardiovascular diseases, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some types of cancer.

That’s because fruits and vegetables contain polyphenols which protect our normal cells from free radical damage, thereby boost up our immune systems.

Dieticians strongly recommend apples as part of our diet due to their plentiful source of polyphenols.

Snack on an apple which is delicious, satisfying, juicy and easy to carry. It is also relatively low in calories, contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium, so it is an excellent fruit to maintain healthy weight and heart.

Apples are also high in fructose, a simple sugar which is sweeter than sucrose (main component of cane sugar). As Fructose metabolized slower, it helps to control blood sugar levels, therefore is suitable for diabetes patients.

An effective way to cure constipation is to eat ripe, uncooked apples since they contain a lot of soluble and insoluble fiber. They can also be stewed which are effective treatment for diarrhoea and gastroenteritis.

Some use apples to treat skin blisters.

Dried apples are eaten as a snack. Apple slices are exposed to the fumes of burning sulphur to prevent them from browning, then dried in the sun on wire trays.

As moisture is lost, natural sugars become concentrated, which is why athletes value dried apples as a source of carbohydrate that is quickly converted to energy. Dried apples contain six times more calories than fresh ones. They are high in fibre and moderate source of iron. But lost their vitamin C during drying process.

Putting apples with other fruits eg apricots together in a paper bag for two to four days will help other fruits ripen faster. For the same reason, avoid storing apples with strong-smelling foods to prevent them from absorbing unpleasant odors.

When choosing apples, make sure they are firm to the touch and free from brown bruises. Handle them gently to prevent bruising.

Large apples are more likely to be overripe which are best for stewing and baking.

It’s best to store apples in a cool environment (refrigerator is the best) where oxygen balance has been chemically lowered. This halts the natural maturing processes, so they can be kept for several months without going soft. When the fruit is again exposed to normal temperatures and oxygen levels – on the supermarket shelves, it continues to mature and may quickly go soft.

To avoid cut apples from browning, dip them in a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water – or Vitamin C-fortified 100% apple juice.

Should we peel the apple? No, as two-thirds of the fiber, and many of the antioxidants, are found in an apple’s peel. However, some raise concerns about the amount of pesticides on the peel. so we should run the apples under the tap more thoroughly if we decide to eat the peel.

Is apple juice as good? It is best to eat apples rather than drink apple juices as blending may cause important nutrients like polyphenols and fiber to disappear. But if you really wants to drink apple juice, opt for the cloudy rather than clear apple juice to get more polyphenols and pectins.

Here’s a simple apple recipe :

Sautéed Apples (serves 4)

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon butter, 4 firm, tart apples, peeled, cored and sliced, a pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.

2. Add the sliced apples and the cinnamon.

3. Cook till the apples turn soft.

4. Serve with pancakes

Does Eating Fruit Really Help Keep Your Skin Beautiful And Healthy?

Diane Declet asked:


At home in your refrigerator or your garden lies a treasure trove of natural ingredients to help you have healthy and beautiful skin! Let’s read some of the benefits of everyday fruits you can use for your skin.

* Apples can be used as great conditioner and toner. They have been used for centuries for their skin-healing powers. Apple juice makes an excellent remedy for fine wrinkles, cracked skin, itching and inflammation. Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin. The juice of apple can be used as breath freshener and can prevent dandruff when applied to your scalp. Use as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

* Fresh apricot juice is good for sunburn, itching and eczema.

* Avocado can be used as an effective facial mask.

* Banana can be made into an effective and inexpensive facial mask.

* Cucumber is good for treating skin eruptions and bulges and for whitening skin. It can also prevent pimples, wrinkles, blackheads and dryness of the face.

* Guava leaves can be boiled for use as a natural antiseptic.

* Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient, and are used to cleanse and freshen the skin and hair. Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows and heels. Lemon slices also help deodorize. Add a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you will feel fresh the whole day. Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp, as well as prevent dandruff.

* Lime Juice is very important natural aid for beautiful skin. It is used to cure pimples and also to help you to look young and beautiful. It will also help cure pimples. The juice is also known to help in controlling oily skin, improve a dull and greasy complexion, improve rough and dry skin, and remove freckles.

* Mango leaves can be boiled and be used as an antiseptic.

* Orange juice can be an effective remedy for pimples and acne. It can also be used for scar and blemish removal.

* Orange and green papaya is used to remove whiteheads, boils and spots. It also contains the papain enzyme, which is effective in skin whitening.

* Peach skin is said to be useful in improving complexion. It can also be made as anti-wrinkle cream.

* Pineapple are good skin softeners which cleanse and rejuvenate dull and dry skin, especially for classic rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

* Roasted and powdered pomegranate skin is good in treating boils, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.

* Strawberries can be used for conditioning and skin toning treatment. They are rich in salicylic acid, an ingredient found in many commercial acne creams.

Diabetic Fruits

Srivathshan Nagarajan asked:


Fruit gives you energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Examples of fruits which are recommended to Diabetics include:

• Bananas

• Apples

• Fruit Juices

• Strawberries

• Raisins

• Oranges

• Mango

• Guava

• Papaya

Basically, for diabetics,One small apple, one-half cup fruit juice, or one-half of a grapefruit all considered one serving of fruit each.

Some of the healthy ways to eat fruits:

• Eat fruits raw or cooked, as juice with no sugar added,canned in their own juice, or dried.

• Buy organic fruits, which are basically nutritious.

• Eat pieces of fruit rather than drinking fruit juice. Pieces of fruit are more filling and fibrous.

• Drink fruit juice in small amounts.

• Save high-sugar and high-fat fruit desserts such as peach cobbler or cherry pie for special occasions.

High in fibre and very low fat, fruit has many health benefits. This makes fruit a recommended source of carbohydrate for everyone but especially diabetics.

If you make your own fruit juice don’t filter it, retain the fruit pulp, this is the fibre content of the fruit and it slows the fruit juice’s conversion to blood sugar.Fiber is the non-digestible carbohydrate found in plant-based foods. It keeps you feeling full longer, and may also help lower blood sugar and blood fat levels. Choose whole grains and cereals, and eat lots of fruits and veggies, to help you reach a healthy goal of 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day.

Beauty Fruits For Beautiful Skin

Chantal Terry asked:


Here are a list of beauty fruits that can give your skin a boost. Give it a try and your skin will thank you for them

Beauty Fruit 1: Apples

Apples are a great conditioner and toner for your skin. They have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries. Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin. The juice of apple can be used as a breathe freshener too. Apple juice when applied to your hair scalp can prevent dandruff. Use as a final rinse after shampooing your hair. Also, remember, apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne

Beauty Fruit 2: Lemons

A classic home beauty ingredient. Lemons are used to cleanse and freshen the skin and hair. Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows and heels. Lemon slices also help deodorize and mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you will feel fresh the whole day. Lemon juice can be added to your favourite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp. It also helps prevent dandruff. Lemon rinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing. Lemon is a ,natural bleach it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too

Beauty Fruit 3: Bananas

Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair. They are rich in protein and natural fats and can be used on all skin types. An easy facemask that will make your skin supple is to apply mashed banana all over your skin and leave it on for 2o minutes, rinse off with warm water and moisturize after that. Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. Perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly

Beauty Fruit 4: Pineapple

Like papaya, pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin. Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels. Use a slice of pineapple as you would a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

Beauty Fruit 5: Papaya

Papaya- rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A, is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin. For having a fresh and glowing skin apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly. Leave on your skin for no more than five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Use it with caution for the first time as it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin.

Beauty Fruit 6: Peaches

Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types. Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste. Apply on the skin and leave it on for 20 mins and then rinse off with warm water. Your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

So, why not start munching on all these healthy fruits and leave some to be applied on your skin too. They are scrumptious and oh so irresistible. They can satisfy your sweet tooth and none of the calories!

Summer Pruning Apple Fruit Trees – Cordons, Fans and Espaliers

Gino Hitshopi asked:


Generally speaking, it is best to prune fruit trees in winter, when they are dormant. This is certainly true of any normal apple trees that you would find in an orchard. As with all gardening rules, however, there are exceptions. Restricted, wire trained forms of apple tree, such as fans, cordons and espaliers need special treatment (the same applies to pears).

Unlike normal fruit trees, where you want them to grow nice and big, the whole point of a restricted form is that it stays in its limited space. Summer pruning is an effective way of making that happen. In autumn, when a deciduous plant settles down for the winter and begins to shed its leaves, it sends most of its nutrient rich sap down into its roots for safe keeping. By pruning certain new shoots in late summer, you are taking away a chunk of its “start-up” fuel for spring. Done correctly, this has the effect of stunting the tree’s growth, without harming it at all. It is also good for the fruit that are on the branches that year, as it allows more sunlight to reach them and improves the air circulation.

Note that you are not carrying out any formative pruning of old wood at this point, just removing the soft new growth.

Choosing the right time to summer prune your apple trees requires a bit of attention. As a rule of thumb, the second and third weeks of August are best in the south of the country and the end of August in the North (pear trees are done earlier). The most important thing to keep an eye on is the base of the new shoots: they should be stiff and have woody bark forming on their bases, along the first third or so of their length. When you get started on pruning , this is what you should consider:

• Select all the lateral side-shoots (those that come directly off the main stem) that are longer than 20cms. Cut them back to just above the third group of leaves above the base (where there is usually a cluster or rosette of leaves).

• Leave the lateral shoots that are less than 20cms alone.

• Sub-lateral shoots are the side-shoots that are growing on the laterals side-shoots. Cut all of these back to just above one group of leaves above their base.

• Look out for side-shoots that are growing strongly and straight upwards. These are trying to become the new leading stem and, unless you want your cordon to grow longer, they need to be removed entirely as they will divert energy form the branches where you want fruit to form.

• Check on your plants/fruit trees as winter closes in late September, pinching off any new growth that has sprouted since you pruned them.

You may find that, whatever you do, there is quite a lot of fresh growth after pruning – some varieties of apple tree are just like that. To prevent this, here is a tip – choose two or three of the longest side lateral shoots and don’t prune them at all until spring (when you should cut them back to one bud above their base).

Doing this should divert energy away from new growth around your pruning cuts.
As always, use sharp, clean secateurs and, if you are doing more than one apple tree, disinfect them between each of the fruit trees. It is safer to burn, bury or dump the cuttings than it is to compost them, to reduce the risk of spreading any dormant diseases.

Fruits For Diabetics – Can a Diabetic Eat Fruits?

Dr. Eswararamanan VR asked:


People who are suffering from diabetes should maintain a healthy balanced diet. If you have diabetes, you should withdraw from eating foods that are high in both cholesterol and fats. Your diet should be composed of non-greasy and simply-digested food that has a lot of fiber content. Fruits are the best source of fiber. Fruits for diabetics have a lot of benefits for diabetes patients. They are high in vitamins and nutrients, but are low on fats. Because of these, they bring positive effect to the control of the blood sugar. However, you should note that fruit juices do not give the same benefits as fruits themselves because juices and concentrates are highly rich in sugar. The dietary fiber you need is not provided by fruit juices; therefore you should choose whole fruits because these have more fiber. Remember to choose fruits that are not sweetened and choose citrus fruits like grapefruit, orange or lime.

Even if diabetics can eat any fruit available in the market, certain fruits like mango, grapes, and banana are considered diabetes bad food because they have high sugar content. These can raise your glucose level in blood. Grapefruit, jambul and apple are the three fruits highly beneficial for diabetic patients. Certain studies have proved that cholesterol is being lowered by this fruit. Because it has low glycemic index properties, it helps the body burn fats. On the other hand, diet composed of only grapefruit is not sufficient for diabetics; you should still eat more fruits and vegetables than foods rich in cholesterol and fats. Grapefruit is best taken with diabetic low carb diet to prevent the rise of  sugar levels.

Another one of the fruits for diabetics is the apple. Apples have high contents of pectin that is very helpful to people with diabetes. Pectin detoxifies the body by providing excessively high amounts of galacturonic acid. This acid takes away the detrimental wastes out of the blood stream and helps generate a lower insulin requirement for diabetics by thirty-five percent or more. Aside from the pectin, Vitamin B1 is also found in apples. This vitamin averts the destruction of brain cells that may be occurring because of diabetic acidosis.

The rose apple or jambul is also another fruit beneficial for diabetic patients. The compositions of jambul have a great helpful effect on the pancreas. Starch is not converted to bad sugar because jambul prevents the conversion. This promotes lower blood sugar levels. Seeds of this fruit are dried, pulverized and dissolved in water for a healthful drink. This fruit also prevents a patient from experiencing excessive thirst and urination.

Diabetics are advised to eat five portions or more of fruits and vegetables daily to lower their blood glucose levels. It is also important for diabetics to know and understand the fruits they are eating. If you eat food with high sugar content, chances are your sugar level in blood will rise. Remember to abstain from eating fruits with high glycemic index. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will help you not only lower your blood glucose but also maintain your general diet.

Seven of the Best Low-Sugar Fruits

Jennifer Didonato asked:


Who can resist that mouth-watering surprise when you sink your teeth into a slice of watermelon? Or that satisfying crunch of an apple? But could too much of this good thing… be a bad thing?

Considering the amount of vitamins and minerals in fruit, more is better, of course. On the contrary, eating more than the recommended three servings a day could have you consuming the amount of sugar equivalent in a candy bar. And knowing that, you could’ve just eaten the candy bar! Just kidding.

So, to keep you enjoying the yummy treat without spoiling your nutrition plan, here is my list of the seven healthiest fruits that will satisfy your sweet-tooth. This is based on sugar content, calories and macronutrients (carbohydrates and protein) alone.

#7- Mango
65 calories/14g carbs/.5g protein/12g sugar
You may burn more calories peeling the darn thing before actually eating it! Per half, this exotic fruit doesn’t tip the scales on sugar too bad, and certainly doesn’t compromise taste.

#6- Nectarine
63 calories/15g carbs/1.5g protein/11g sugar
One medium size of this fruit comes with the works: crunchy outside, juicy inside, and enough sweet to satisfy your afternoon muchies.

#5- Watermelon
48 calories/11.5g carbs/1g protein/ 9.5g sugar
Another calorie-burner on prep, one cup of watermelon can be just as refreshing as a cup of ice cream, am I right? Plus, it’s very water-dense, so it fills you up!

#4- Kiwi
50 calories/12g carbs/1g protein/8g sugar
You can’t go wrong with the perfect mix of kiwi’s sweet and tart taste. Maybe even toss it in with your cup of watermelon, and you have the perfect snack under 100 calories and under 20g of sugar.

#3- Plum
30 calories/8g carbs/.5g protein/7g sugar
I know, plums are tiny so they’re bound to have little of anything in them! But talk about an explosion for your taste buds if you eat a plum at the right ripeness. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

#2- Cantaloupe
54 calorie/14 g carbs/1g protein/3g sugar
One cup of this melon contains less sugar than a single peppermint hard candy! And it’s much more filling, wouldn’t you say?

#1- Strawberries
46 calories/11g carbs/1g protein/7g sugar
Now, this is what I call having my cake and eating it, too – fruit-style! A whole cup of these berries is not only one of the healthiest fruits when it comes to antioxidants, but it’s very generous in allowing you to maybe have another cup without the major sugar rush.