Sometimes the most simple things are absolutely the most delicious. This simple fruit salad highlights the red fruits of the season: juicy watermelon, tangy raspberry oranges, sweet strawberries and perfectly refreshing pomegranate seeds.
Have you heard the theory that nature gives you clue’s regarding the foods you eat? For example, strawberries cut in half look like teeth and they in fact have malic acid in them which naturally whitens your teeth. Or sliced carrots look like eyes and they are loaded in vitamin A which is great for your vision. Or how citrus looks like a woman’s breast, a sweet potato looks like a pancreas, grapes look like the lungs, avocado a uterus, red wine resembles blood, kidney beans are shaped like a kidney, tomatoes look like a heart. And those are all the parts of the body that science has proven to they benefit. I could go on and on. Of course I find the value of food so interesting and I love talking about how the food we eat affects our bodies. So I did a little research on the health benefits of this particular salad.
The Health Benefits of Watermelon
- Great for hydration as it’s 92% water
- High in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene
- High in Vitamin C which helps prevent cell damage
- Has a plant compound called Cucurbitacin E which is anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and helps with immune regulation
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Supports brain health
- Citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, may reduce muscle soreness and improve athletic performance
- Good for skin and hair and may help protect against sunburn
The Health Benefits of Raspberry Oranges
Did you know there are about 600 varieties of oranges worldwide? And that Brazil is the top orange producer of the world? And that 85% of all oranges are produced for juice? Yes, yes and yes. Oranges are a wonderful delicious vibrant fruit with several health benefits. Just be sure you always purchase organic because commercial oranges are often bright orange because an artificial dye, Citrus Red Number 2, is injected into their skins.
- Oranges have high levels of Vitamin C which protects against free radicals and supportive of cancer treatments.
- Also high in folate and potassium which can help reduce blood pressure and the risk for stroke.
The Health Benefits of Strawberries
- Help protect the heart. One study showed the women who ate the most blueberries and strawberries were 34% less likely to suffer a heart attack.
- Protects against cognitive decline
- Protects against type 2 diabetes
- Reduces blood pressure
- Boosts immunity
- Improve pain and inflammation in adults with arthritis
- Can naturally whiten teeth
The Health Benefits of Pomegranates
These sweet tangy little seeds are power packed with nutrients. Did you know they have 3x the antioxidant value of red wine and green tea? They also:
- Lower inflammatory markers
- May help fight cancer cells
- Helps lower blood pressure
- May ease arthritis
- May lower your risk of heart disease
- Helps to fight bacteria and fungal infections
- May improve memory and fight Alzheimer’s disease
- Prevents obesity
- Modulates the immune system
Now for the delicious fruit salad recipe:
Ruby Red Fruit Salad
- 2 cups watermelon, sliced
- 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup strawberries, quartered
- 2 raspberry or blood oranges, sliced
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Layer fruit on a plate.
- Mix dressing ingredients then drizzle over the fruit platter.
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