Fresh Fruit, Pretty Colors, Lots of Health Benefits....

I love summer and color and fresh fruit!  So simple, yet so colorful and so delicious.  I keep working on my food photos and stylin' and want to advance my food photography with experience.  So, I always used to think I had to post perfect posts, and word it all ok and then I never got done what I wanted to get done.  So, new way to approach and think about life and things - just DO it!  Like the Nike saying - just DO it!  I want to learn to take nice food photos and then post helpful tips on these things.  So, here are some strawberries, kiwi and mango - so delicious!

Strawberries

Nutritional breakdown of strawberries.

  • Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrientsvitamin C

  • Potassium

  • Folic acid

  • Fiber

  • One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended quantity of vitamin C, for only 50 calories.

  • Many foods commonly consumed in the U.S. are valuable sources of antioxidants. But researchers have recently ranked the 50 best antioxidant sources among commonly eaten foods and found strawberries to be quite exceptional.

  • When total antioxidant capacity was measured against a uniform amount of food (100 grams, or about 3.5 ounces), strawberries ranked 27th best among U.S. foods. In addition, when only fruits were considered, strawberries came out 4th among all fruits (behind blackberries, cranberries, and raspberries). However, since many foods (for example, spices and seasonings) are seldom consumed in amounts as large as 3.5 ounces, researchers also looked at common serving sizes for all foods and their total antioxidant capacity. In this evaluation based on common serving sizes, strawberries came out 3rd among all U.S. foods including spices, seasonings, fruits, and vegetables! (In this analysis based on serving size, only blackberries and walnuts scored higher in total antioxidant capacity.) When we hear the word "strawberry," we might think about a very commonplace fruit. But the antioxidant capacity of strawberry is anything but common!

Kiwi

Containing almost 20 vital nutrients, including five times the Vitamin C of an orange in one serving, kiwis can legitimately be called a super fruit. This fuzzy brown powerhouse with the bright green flesh also is rich in vitamin A, K, E and B, potassium, copper, folate and fiber.

Mango

  • One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.

  • 105 calories

  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)

  • 25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)

  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)

  • 9% healthy probiotic fibre

  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)

  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)

  • 4 percent magnesium