One of the many advantages working in a food service industry is that you get to learn how to prepare foods you have never tried before. My favorite things to eat at work is this delicious and healthy dessert. They sell it at the cafeteria for $2.59 for a 3-ingredient parfait.
I cannot always be spending my money on a dessert that I can easily make at home. All it needs to make a good parfait are vanilla of any flavor, granola and any fruits you like. Voila! Not only it is delicious but your mind is at ease even though you eat a whole cup of this thing knowing that what you put in your mouth is way healthier than those baked sweet cobbler, cake or deep fried stuff.
Avocado is in season and it tastes delightful when mixed with granola and yogurt. If I eat it alone, I’d put a bit of honey on it but with other stuff, I am good without the sweetener on my avocado.
Another way to have a dessert is a granola with milk and ripe sweet mango. It is equally delicious as parfait. Try it and you’ll love having it every night.
I have been waiting for weeks and weeks to get this tropical fruit I like, jackfruit. I craved for it but I had to be patient as to when we can go to the big Asian market which is 23 minutes away from home. You know when you are patient, when you finally get that thing you wanted to eat, the prize is sweet and craving satisfied. Not only I do like it but jackfruit has its health benefits too aside from being so sweetly aromatic to the nose. In common with other tropical fruits such as durian, banana, etc., it is also rich in energy, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins and free from saturated fats or cholesterol, making it one of the healthy summer seasons treated to relish!
My two girls love jackfruit too so buying a whole jackfruit isn’t a waste of money. We’ve had it for a week and it’s almost gone now. The longer it stays in the refrigerator, the sweeter it gets.
Health benefits of jackfruit-
from its original source http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/jackfruit.html
- 100 g of edible jackfruit bulbs provide 95 calories. The fruit is made of soft, easily digestible flesh (bulbs) with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
- Jackfruit is rich in dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. The fiber content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by decreasing exposure time and as well as binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
- Fresh fruit has small amounts of vitamin-A, and flavonoid pigments such as carotene-ß, xanthin, lutein and cryptoxanthin-ß. Together, these compounds play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining integrity of mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin-A, and carotenes has been found to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- addition, jackfruit is a good source of antioxidant vitamin-C, provides about 13.7 mg or 23% of RDA. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
- It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in B-complex group of vitamins. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid.
- Fresh fruit is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
If you would follow me when doing my grocery shopping and look what’s in my cart, you would see there is not much junks in there or nothing at all. Normal stuff we buy every weekend are vegetables, meat, dry goods, household or cleaning items and most of all FRUITS!
Yes, we love fruits especially our girls. Since it is Summer, mangoes, cantaloupes, water melon, bananas and corns are sold for cheap prices! And guess what? I got plenty of yellow fruits in our kitchen right now. Fruits are good for breakfast, I should say they are good substitute from pancakes or wheat bread.
If you are not familiar with this fruit you might think it’s eeww creepy and hairy. It may look ugly on the outer shell but don’t criticize it for it is very sweet. Its flesh is juicy and so yummy on the taste buds. My husband doesn’t want it. My kids and I do. I found a big pack of this at the Asian Market last weekend for $4.99 a pound and bought a pack for me. I didn’t know how much the total cost, all I cared about is I get to eat this once again.
The rambutan ( /ræmˈbuːtən/; taxonomic name: Nephelium lappaceum) is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindaceae. The fruit produced by the tree is also known as “rambutan.” The name rambutan is derived from the Malay word rambutan, meaning “hairy”: rambut the Malay word for “hair”, a reference to the numerous hairy protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an. In Vietnam, it is called chôm chôm (meaning “messy hair”) due to the spines covering the fruit’s skin. According to popular belief and the origin of its name, rambutan is native to Malaysia and Indonesia. The earliest record of rambutan trees show that they were cultivated by the Malayan jungle tribes around their temporary settlements, a practice followed to date. Rambutan trees also found growing naturally in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the lychee, longan, and mamoncillo. It is native to the Malay Archipelago, from where it spread westwards to Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and India; northwards to Vietnam, and the Philippines.
CREDITS BY WIKIPEDIA.
Fruits for the kids. I am glad my girls are not picky eaters. They can eat anything that mommy give them. The big girl can eat vegetables of any kind and she loves fruits a lot too. Her favorites are blueberries, strawberries, mangoes, watermelon, grapes, apple… you name it all! Fruits are good for growing kids. They are not only delicious but they are often good source of vitamins and fiber.
Many hundreds of fruits, including fleshy fruits like apple, peach, pear, kiwifruit, watermelon and mango are commercially valuable as human food, eaten both fresh and as jams, marmalade and other preserves. Fruits are also in manufactured foods like cookies, muffins, yogurt, ice cream, cakes, and many more. Many fruits are used to make beverages, such as fruit juices (orange juice, apple juice, grape juice, etc.) or alcoholic beverages, such as wine or brandy. Apples are often used to make vinegar. Fruits are also used for gift giving, Fruit Basket and Fruit Bouquet are some common forms of fruit gifts.
My baby and I both love mangoes. I love the smooth sweet taste of the fruit that I can eat it everyday with no complain, so does my baby. I am glad she loves it for it contains a lot of nutrients that her body needs. I would not hesitate buying mango at the grocery store if it is available because aside from sweet goodness it gives us, it also is a good source of fiber which is exactly what my baby needs.
Read on below for the nutritional facts I got from the original source. This is just to share you all so you will love eating mango even more.
Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and for those who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mangos are a great way to replenish that lost potassium.
An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement. If you are eating your mango-a-day, irregularity is not a problem for you and so we’ll spare the gruesome details regarding constipation, piles and spastic colon.
Research has shown that dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels.