If you’re looking for a great way to start the day, this is it: A raw tropical fruit salad + superfood.
Just chop up 1-2 cups of fresh pineapple and 1-2 fresh mangos. If their both ripe and sweet, they’ll just melt in your mouth. NOW for the superfood… just add about 1/4-1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut. You can buy unsweetened coconut shreds at your local health food store, or even at your local supermarket.
It’s delicious, easy to make, and good for you. Here’s why:
Coconut products improve digestion, contain antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial fatty acids to help to fight off viruses and bacteria, and they improve the utilization of blood sugar and can lessen the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Coconut improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium, contains elements which “support the immune system, the thyroid glad, the nervous system, the skin, and provides fast energy“. Coconut products “regulate and support healthy hormone production”,and they “increase metabolism and help with weight loss” (Wolfe 2009:205-206).
One mango without peel contains about 1.06 grams of protein, and 3.7 grams of dietary fiber. It is has about 323 mg of potassium, 57.3 mg of Vitamin C, and is high in Vitamin A.
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains 0.89 grams of protein and 2.3 grams of dietary fiber. It has 78.9 mg of Vitamin C and 108 mg of potassium.
Both Mango and Pineapple have about 21 mg of Calcium, which you will readily absorb if you do not consume dairy products (watch Forks over Knives for details on the effects of dairy consumption on calcium absorption: Ann’s Post).
Give this recipe a try and let us know how you like it!
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