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Fruit Revolution

As far as edibles are concerned, few foods can compare to the fruit, which stand alone atop all other food groups for their sheer...EAT-A-BILITY! Wow. Yes, veggies are hella nutritious, but even our favorite veggies (broccoli, kale, spinach) often require some cooking and seasoning. Fruit, however, is ready to be eaten. These little golden delights are filled with simple sugars to provide instant energy. Are fruits high in sugar? Not as high as starches and grains, which contain more molecules of glucose per serving than even the sweetest fruit, like dates! And fruits come packed in water and fiber, to slow the absorption of sugar and provide steady influxes of sugar, which means energy up the wazoo! And did we mention water? Yes, fruits (and vegetables) are as much as 95 percent water. Eating a large piece of fruit, or a box of berries, is like drinking a cold glass of H20, filtered through the roots, leaves and cells of fresh fruit...better than any filtering system money can buy.

The above concoction we made one day while enjoying some rays poolside. Here's what we did.

1. Slice in half and seed 1 whole papaya
2. Fill in impression with a box of raspberries
3. Slice 1 whole banana
4. Seed 2-3 dates

The papaya and the raspberries provide a refreshing burst of hydrating water, while the bananas and dates provide concentrated sweetness that satisfies for hours. Once you get a taste of this, you may wish to make fruit your exclusive food for breakfast, and even for lunch. The colors in fruit provide a clue to the many anti-oxidants they contain, and don't be  intimidated by the portion size: most of what gets to your stomach is in the form of water and fiber, which is calorie-free. So eat until you are full, guilt free, and enjoy the sweet pleasure of Nature's Delight.

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