A wrinkled prune… looks rather delicious to me!

22 Feb

[For magical purposes, it is important to keep our bodies healthy. It also helps with everyday madness, of course. Hence I would like to, from time to time, share some of my favorite experiences and knowledge on food, health – and how to survive loving yourself in modern society.]

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Looks delicious, right?

Okay, maybe not to you. Or at least, not yet. From the left: Dried figs, dried cherries, dried apricots and prunes. These are curerntly my favorite TV snack, together with other dried goodies such as mangoes and apples, and nuts.

The last time there was a dried fruit hype, it was apples. Some newspaper published a study according to which dried apples can help you lose weight. Believe it or not, the next time I came to the store, there was not a single slice of dried apple available. ANYWHERE.

Apart from that, most “health-conscious” (i.e. weight-obsessed) people shun dried fruits. “They have so much sugar!” they say. “Way more than fresh fruit!”

First of all, that is bullshit. Or could you tell me where the additional sugar comes in? Is it sprinkled over the fruit in the drying process? Or injected when they package them? Most certainly not. The thing is that dried fruit – as it is dried – contains less water, thus the sugar-to-weight ratio is different in dried fruit. So if you are trying to be calorie-conscious, you might want to makae sure you are not eating the whole bag of dried figs at once. Otherwise, they are plain perfect.

The first good thing – which all dried fruit have in common – is that they are full of dietary fiber. Especially for those people working at the desk this is a great benefit, and for everyone who wants a regular… life. During the last years researchers have started discovering that fiber is not just something that comes with your food and has barely any use, but that there may be health benefits such as lowered cholesterol levels and controlled blood sugar levels.

Of course they do have calories (between three hundred and four hundred per 100g, from what I remember), but that should not keep anyone from enjoying them.

The second good thing is that most dried fruit contain the majority of their nutrients and vitamins and make them available throughout the year. Of course some vitamins disintegrate over time, but they do that in fresh fruit as well – at the end of the winter, a stored apple has almost no vitamin C.

As for my favorites:

Dried cherries help prevent inflammations, reduce muscle soreness and help you sleep better. Plus, they taste delicious.

Dried apricots contain lots of B vitamins, folic acid and iron. (It is important to get the less nice-looking, darker variety without sulfur.) They make your hair, skin and nails look great. Plus, they taste delicious.

Dried figs contain lots of potassium, iron and phosphor. They also contain zinc, which helps boost your mood (and we all need som eof that at the end of the winter, right?) Plus, they taste delicious. ^^

Dried mango – where should I start? Vitamins, minerals, the whole package. 100g contain about 250% of your daily provitamin A dose. Do I have to say more?

And the last ones, prunes. Full of B vitamins – great skin, hair and nails. Provitamin A and vitamin E in large quantities. Plus,… you get it. I love my dried fruit.

They also have got all the magical properties of fresh fruit. Use them in dishes and baked goods prepared for rituals, leave them as offerings or eat them as healthy post-ritual snack.

Last tip, which goes for all kinds food-related: Don’t eat something you cannot stand just because someone else tells you it is healthy. There are so many great foods in the world that there is no need to eat something you detest. But at least, you should give every food a try. Or fourteen, more exactly. That is the number of tries it takes your body to get used to a new taste and decide whether it likes what you are feeding it or not.

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2 Responses to “A wrinkled prune… looks rather delicious to me!”

  1. ladycaer1964Kim March 1, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Diandra, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Please visit the link http://witchcatsblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

    Blessings,

    Kim

    • diandralinnemann March 1, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      Thank you! I’ll have to find some time to get around to it…

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