What does Diwali, Christmas, Eid, Onam, virtually every festival around the globe have in common? A holiday from work, great famjam, awesome gifts and loads of desserts to sweeten the occasion! Be it Kaju Katli or Baklava or a Christmas fruit cake or a fancy Oliebollen ( deep fried raisin donuts from Holland), each recipe is incomplete without these dry nuts and fruits. Beautifully decorated boxes of almonds, pistachios, raisins are a symbol of celebration in our culture and can you imagine even a single Diwali without them?
The dry fruit is “special”, but did you know that it is one of the crucial components for a healthy lifestyle? Yes, you heard that right. Remember your childhood filled with moms screaming before that school bus, “ don’t forget to eat those soaked almonds!” These dry fruits are the elixir of life and have been part of human existence from as early as 1700 BC!
Simply put, a “dried” fruit is essential a fruit that has zero water in it ( removed through dehydration)- the end product is a gold mine of energy, minerals, fats and all that’s good for your body, mind and soul! It’s highly nutritious – complete with increased amounts of fiber, vitamins and micronutrients. Just one piece houses 3x more fibre than fresh fruit! These nuggets are full of nutrients that are essential to your 1500-1800 daily calorific intake. Unfortunately the body doesn’t avail of any of these benefits in your favorite sweets/desserts as their nutrient quotient is suppressed with excess fat, sugar in their preparation.
Numbers aside, what are the effects of a healthy dry fruit enabled lifestyle? Resistance towards high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart ailments- that’s just the top of the barrel. Children are given prunes and almonds to increase their bone strength and overall immunity. A handful of almonds everyday is the best source of Vitamin E to boost brain strength and activity.
And this is just the beginning! Enter the dry fruit lifestyle and see the enriched you. These mini fruits must be celebrated everyday. Go back to your roots, go back to a more healthier you. Get into the Frubee life!