With the cost of fruits and veggies these days, get your money’s worth! Did you know that many of the peels, stems and cores that you normally throw away are loaded with good-for-you-nutrients? In this blog we will check out fruit peels. Here are some ideas for you to try out:
- Kiwi fruit’s hairy skin has three times the antioxidants of the pulp. As well, it puts up a good fight against nasty food poisoning bugs such as Staphylococcus and E-coli. When using it for juicing, keeps those skins on!
- Pineapple cores contain twice as much bromelain as the outer rings. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps with digestion. It also does wonders for people with heel spurs! Press out any juices you can from the core to use in juices and smoothies.
- Orange peels can rev up your metabolism, are fiber rich, and have numerous anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Zest your orange peels; sprinkle on veggies, chicken, fish, or use as a garnish for soups or salsa.
- Banana peels are good for the blues as they are loaded with serotonin, the mood-balancing chemical. As well the peels contain a quite a dose of lutein, which is wonderful for eyesight. The peels are tough to eat, your best bet is to either juice them and drink or boil the peel in water for ten minutes and drink the banana-water when cooled.
- Watermelon rinds are great for improving circulation. In a blender combine rind with watermelon chunks, a bit of lemon or lime juice, water and stevia for a refreshing drink. Or make pickled watermelon rinds with this recipe.
Get the most nutrition (and value) from your fruit! If you have any other ideas to share, please do so below! Keep an eye out for the next blog where we will go over getting the most out of your veggies.