How to “Dress” Up Your Daily Fruit & Veggie Quota {Guest Post}

According to research backed by the American Heart Association, people who habitually consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables experience a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. In fact, this study revealed that, of the 2500 test subjects monitored, women who ate about 9 daily servings and men who ate about 7 were 26% less prone to develop clogged arteries in older age.

In addition to supporting cardiovascular wellness, fresh produce contains essential nutrients like protein, antioxidants, fiber, and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals. So, incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet can yield balanced wellness and physical longevity.

The simplest, most straightforward way to boost your fruit and veggie intake is to replace that typical lunchtime sandwich with a crisp, colorful salad. Then, top it with this healthy homemade dressing which features the antioxidant-loaded nutritional supplement, Nutri Maqui. Your heart, immune system and other vital organs will thank you for giving them the nourishment they crave!


Nutri Maqui Superfruit Salad Dressing

Nutri Maqui salad dressing ingredients

Ingredients

 Ā½ cup Grapeseed Oil

1 tbsp. Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice

1 tsp. Whole-Grain Dijon Mustard

Ā½ tsp. Lemon Juice

Nutri Maqui salad dressing preparation

Preparation

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small decanter, then whisk until they are thoroughly combined.
  1. Chop a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and raw nuts (e.g. carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, raspberries, avocadoes, almonds, cashews), then arrange them over a bed of leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, arugula).
  1. Drizzle the dressing on top, then toss the salad to evenly distribute all ingredients before serving.

So. Many. Colors. Amiright?!

Nutri Maqui salad dressing before   Nutri Maqui salad dressing after


Huge thanks to Nutri Lifescience, LLC, for supplying the research, content and graphics for this post.

 

The Argument Against Forbidden Fruit

demonizing fructose

I’m no wellness expert.

Just a self-taught observer of health industry trends —Ā who sometimes can’t resist aiming a snarky “say whaaaat?”Ā at said trends.

Don’t get me wrong. You won’t find this girlĀ disputing EVERY superfood discovery, holistic remedy or fitness craze that bursts on the scene. I’veĀ been known to guzzle kombucha and swear by kale, after all. But certainĀ nutritional advice, I just can’t get behind.

Like demonizingĀ fruit, for instance.

You haven’t heard? The fructose content in theseĀ plant by-products [formerly-known-as-healthy] causes weight related issues.

And the logical defenseĀ against this grave peril? Put down that apple. Back away from the produce stand. Eliminate fruits from your diet. All of ’em. Seriously…get with the times.

I’m not convinced, though. This claim carries a suspicious whiff of extremism that I don’t accept at face value.

Avoiding sucrose (a.k.a. refinedĀ sugar) makes total sense, but cutting out fructose — a natural carbohydrate which our bodies metabolize into energy — seems like overkill.

I digress, excess sugar consumption in any form leads to addictive cravings and medical conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension or diabetes. But the keyword here isĀ excess.

On average,Ā the USDA recommends 1/2 cup servings of fresh fruit 3 times per day, so overindulging could negatively impact your well-being. However, research indicates you’d have to overindulge like it’s your job before these health risks would evenĀ take effect.

AĀ study,Ā during whichĀ participants consumed about 60 gramsĀ of fructose, showed spikes in blood sugar levels after ingestion. No bueno, right?

Well…yeeaaah. Until you break down those results.

Here’s what the study conveniently forgets to mention — this fructose amount equals 9 bananas, 5 apples or 120 strawberries.Ā SinceĀ when didĀ youĀ last devour 9 bananas over a 24-hour period?

…….Anyone??? Ā Case. In. Point.

Besides, Ā fruit containsĀ nominal fructose levels, compared with other sweetened pick-me-ups. While an apple has about 13 grams of fructose, a medium Coke has 33 grams.

The takeaway? Any food, whether plant-based or processed, can become harmful in EXTREMEĀ quantities. Fruit — or, even the fructose molecule — is not your nemesis, though. When enjoyed in MODERATION,Ā it’sĀ a wholesome addition to any diet.

Sure, those wellness gurus might demonize “nature’s candy,” but what’s the alternative? Satisfying your sweet tooth with actual candy?

Perspective, people.

fruits are friends