Memorial Day is the official holiday to jump-start summer, and I’m so excited that my favorite fruits are back in season!
If you haven’t already guessed, red is my favorite color, and also my favorite in fruits- cherries, raspberries, watermelons, red apples, plums and strawberries. Summer is the best time to grab many red fruits when they’re at their peak in season and best in price.
A wise woman once told me that in hindsight, she would have eaten more fruits with antioxidants for firmer skin.
A word to the wise- red fruits are packed with antioxidants! So I’m running down the additional benefits of my favorite red fruits- even beyond skin care and youth in a berry!
1. Apples- We all know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But why is this true?
Research shows that apple eaters get a variety of antioxidants and less worry about toxicity. Antioxidants are nutrients, with the three major ones being beta-carotene (for healthy skin, immune system and eyes), vitamin C (repair of body tissues and healthy immune system) and vitamin E (protects cells from damage and prevents inflammation).
Some scientists say that Red Delicious Apples (pictured here) have more antioxidants than other varieties.
2. Cherries- My forever favorites are high in fiber and rich in potassium and vitamin C. All of this great for a healthy heart and blood pressure.
I love fresh cherries, and now I know that their skin is rich in fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream- diabetes preventative. My cheery cherry tip: I enjoy these whole pitted cherries (NO sugar added) from Target HERE all year round!
3. Raspberries- Also high in fiber help to lower bad cholesterol density. A lower-density of cholesterol prevents heart disease and stroke. Studies also show that raspberries contain an antioxidant that reduces stress.
4. Plums- Beyond a healthy digestive system in their dried state as prunes, plums are also good for healthy skin and bones. Loaded with antioxidants, they rejuvenate the skin and reduce wrinkles.
Plums also contain phenolic compounds that reverse the loss of bone.
“Eat an apple on going to bed and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
This applies to most colorful fruits, too!
5. Watermelon- Were you eating carrots for eyesight? Now you can add watermelon to your variety. It decreases the risk of cancer that causes the deterioration of the retina. Watermelon improves blood vessel function and also decreases the risk of stroke.
6. Strawberries- This berry is an antioxidant powerhouse of vitamin C, which boosts the immune system. Strawberries are also rich in folic acid which aids in the prevention of memory loss, birth defects and liver disease.
Did you know? A 3.5-ounce serving of strawberries (about 5 large berries) has more vitamin C than an orange! Also lower in calories.
7. Cranberries- Not pictured here, but cranberries are my favorite reds that I enjoy the most during the holidays (Check out my favorite cranberry recipes that I’ve posted HERE).
They are truly a holiday gift. Did you know that cranberries are known as the death of cancer? They are known to kill cancer cells in lab studies. More commonly, they are known to stop bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract.
Make this amazing fruit platter for Memorial Day
Red fruits are my favorite. However, this platter would also be super scrumptious and festive with the addition of blueberries!
For more platter ideas and inspirations, check out my post on Easy Platters and Smorgasbords HERE.
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