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Different fruits and drinks: nutritious and healthy fruits that you need to have regularly
There are lots of different fruits from different parts of the world. In addition to vegetables, fruits are packed with antioxidants and vitamins. If you are not a fruit lover, you should try everything from this list to pick out things that you do like to include in your daily diet. By replacing fatty and unhealthy snacks with fruits, you are going to be healthier and lower your cholesterol.
Berry fruits – Cherry, Blueberry and Blackberry. The berry family has lots of fruits that are both delicious and nutritious. These fruits can be blended into a drink, included in ice cream and used to decorate a gourmet dessert. The possibilities are endless. You should get the benefits of these antioxidant rich fruits by including them in your daily diet.
Coconut water – If you haven't been exposed to 100% pure coconut water, you are really missing out on this water produced by nature itself. The young coconut is green and has lots of water inside. This water is widely available in tropical places like Hawaii, the Philippines, India and more. Coconut water contains lots of vitamins, potassium and electrolytes. When you don't have access to a real young coconut, you can still experience the wonderful taste of coconut water by buying it from manufacturers that offer this gorgeous drink. I know that Vita Coco brand coconut water tastes like the real thing; I buy these water in bulk to save money (many retailers are beginning to carry Vita Coco!!). Other brands carry the 100% pure coconut water as well; but I haven't tried it personally to give any recommendations. It is important for you to buy the brands that actually carry 100% pure coconut water. Those that have blends are not the best in my opinion. For example, some manufacturers mix coconut water with milk. While some might actually like this blend, it tastes nothing like the real thing.
Guava – This is another Southeast Asian or tropical fruit that many are not familiar with. The guava is being regarded as some of the best fruits in the traditions of Southeast Asians (they personally told me that). There are several different types of guava, small or big, yellow or pink. Whatever it is, you have to give this tropical fruit a try to see if you like it. You can peel off the skin to eat it or just open the fruit by hand and eat the inside.
Banana – Everyone knows that banana is one of the most popular fruits. However, there are certain people that don't like to eat a banana due to its texture and lack of juice. A banana is very good source of potassium which gives the body energy. If you want to get the benefits of bananas but don't like to eat it, you can try to eat it with ice cream (banana split), eat it with chocolate covering it and use it in the smoothie (banana is essential to make a smoothie thick).
Dragon fruit – The dragon fruit is another tropical fruit that has been imported to different parts of the world in recent years. This fruit is native to Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam, Taiwan, Indonesia and more. The fruit is not particularly sweet so it is very good for those that don't like excessively sweet fruits. This fruit is very high in Vitamin C / antioxidants and benefits those that don't like oranges. In the United States, these fruits can be purchased at many Asian supermarkets. Replacing potato chips with dragon fruits will help you lower your cholesterol. You should start to take small steps to a healthier lifestyle.
Pears – In order to add variety to your fruit diet, you can chose to get pears from many supermarkets. There are different types of pears to choose from; but the juiciest and most crisp is the Korean pear. Contrary to popular beliefs, these pear are not the result of crossing with apples. In addition to being tasty, these pears come in jumbo sizes.
Durian – The first encounter with this fruit is definitely memorable. For those that are not familiar with this fruit, it is called the king of fruits in Southeast Asia where it is native to. The edible part is inside the fruit with thick shell and spikes protecting it. People that ate this fruit described it as rich, smooth, custard and full of flavors. However, there are plenty that are put off by the strong odors. The scent can be detected far away by human nose and many establishments in Southeast Asia forbid this fruit. For this fruit, there are only those that like it a lot or absolutely hate it. There are nobody in between. If you are not native to Southeast Asia, you really need lots of courage to give this fruit a try. I haven't found the courage yet, but maybe I will in the near future.