Healthy sum­mer

Tuck into warm-weather fruits and veg with these help­ful tips and re­fresh­ing snacks, all from our food edi­tor Ali­son Roberts

Diabetic Living - - Cook's Tips -

WASH, DON’T PEEL

Wash­ing fresh pro­duce is an es­sen­tial step in cook­ing any meal. By wash­ing all of your fruit and veg­eta­bles (even those that are pre-pack­aged or peeled) un­der clean, run­ning tap wa­ter and dry­ing with a clean cloth or pa­per towel, you may help re­duce the risk of food-borne in­fec­tions, by re­mov­ing soil residue and re­duc­ing bac­te­ria lev­els.

The peel of most fruit and veg­eta­bles is ed­i­ble and car­ries a wealth of nu­tri­ents and fi­bre! So, when pos­si­ble, aim to keep the peel in­tact. How­ever, there are ex­cep­tions, as some peels are far too hard, spiky or coarse to eat – for ex­am­ple, al­ways re­move the peel from pineap­ple, rock­melon, banana and wa­ter­melon.

When one has tasted wa­ter­melon, he knows what the an­gels eat.

– Mark Twain

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