Yesterday I blogged about J, my good friend who is averse to consuming fruits and veggies. I realize there are lots of people out there who don’t care to partake in nature’s goodness. I think taking baby steps to incorporate them into foods we love like adding a little spinach to your pizza or sliced bananas to your cereal is a great way to introduce yourself to all that you’ve been missing. But I also think that being adventurous is a surefire way to get you out there trying new things. I mean what’s an apple when you can have passion fruit? So I’ll occasionally update the blog with fruits you may want to try.
Enter the lychee. Yummmmm. The lychee be exotic!I can’t help but chant that line whenever I think about this fruit. My songwriter brain is always on. I digress. Lychee fruits are great because they’re a nice size, they’re juicy, and they’re satisfying;) No, but really. This super sweet fruit is bigger than a large grape, and is protected by a thick outer layer you have to peel off. Lychee fruits are low in calories, and although its not citrus, provides more Vitamin C than an orange. Its also chock full of B vitamins, potassium, and anti-oxidants. Translation: it will help fight infectious diseases, will help to increase your metabolism, and helps control blood pressure staving off heart diseases.
So show the lychee a little love. Do a little googling to find out where you can find them in your hood. I picked mine up on my recent trip to Brooklyn Chinatown. You can eat them as a snack (just a few can be surprisingly filling) or you can indulge in one of my faves, a lychee martini. Just give it a try.
And remember. The lychee be exotic!