Deliciously different fruit
It's a good idea to vary the fruit in your diet to keep things interesting and nutritionally balanced. It has been shown that people who eat plenty of fruit and veg are less likely to develop diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Plentiful in the Mediterranean, figs are more of a luxury in our less-than-hot climes, but you only need one or two to give you an energy boost. They're also a good source of magnesium, fibre and calcium. Choose soft, plump figs. They’re particularly good served with spinach, rocket and feta with a drizzle of honey. If you can't get fresh, buy ready-to-eat soft figs for chopping into your muesli.
As its bright orange flesh suggests, this lightly fragrant exotic fruit is full of vitamin C, and it’s also a good source of potassium, too. Its low acidity makes it ideal for those who find citrus fruits too tart. Once you’ve discarded the hard seeds, add chunks to fruit salads. One idea is to serve papaya slices with slices of chicken breast.
Rich in healthy antioxidants, you can buy it juiced in cartons with any number of partners - blueberries, apples, raspberries - but it's hard to beat the real thing, particularly because, compared to fresh fruit, juices have a SmartPoints®. Halve and scoop out the seeds for serving with muesli, in fruit salads, or stirred into your yoghurt.
TIP: Most supermarkets now stock small tubs of pomegranate seeds to save you the hassle of removing them yourself.
Scoop out the flesh, which is packed with fibre, potassium and vitamin C, and serve simply over low-fat vanilla ice-cream or stirred into 99% fat-free plain yoghurt. They’re also perfect eaten all on their own, but for a great partnership, you can’t beat meringue. Add the passionfruit flesh to low-fat whipped cream, and use as a topping for meringue nests.
These small round pink fruits with the white centre (remember to discard the hard stone in the middle) are great for eating on the move because they come with their very own ‘wrapping’. Plus, they're a good source of vitamin C. Slip a few into your bag or lunch box. Their flesh is exceedingly refreshing, especially when served with balls of rockmelon and watermelon. They make a good partner for bananas and passionfruit, too.
This tropical fruit is magic in so many ways: its fragrant flesh works well in sweet and savoury dishes, it's packed with vitamin C and is a source of vitamin A. Make a fruit salad with strawberries, mango and passionfruit, or add slices to a prawn cocktail. But it’s also divine simply eaten fresh and all on its own.