How to Use Jackfruit for Your Health
The spiny green exterior of jackfruit peaks interest. However, this exotic fruit packs more punch than great looks. Eating jackfruit for your health gives you a high fiber, vitamin rich, low calorie addition to meals or snacks. Grown in tropical areas, the abundance of jackfruit often leads to the locals taking it for granted. At Valley Isle Kombucha, we love to add jackfruit and its health benefits to our products. But, there are other ways to consume this delicious treat. Here's how to prepare and eat jackfruit for your health:
How to Prepare & Eat Jackfruit
As an Alternative to Meat: Jackfruit boasts a fibrous texture which offers a satisfying replacement for meat. While nutrient dense, this exotic fruit contains little protein. Add beans to your jackfruit tacos or Greek yogurt to pulled “pork” (jackfruit) sandwiches to round out your diet.
In the Kids’ Lunches: The school day gets long, and grumbling bellies keep kids from focusing and learning. The sweet, juicy taste of fresh jackfruit satisfies the finickiest eaters and hungriest of tummies. Surprise your young ones with jackfruit salad or a few fruit chunks as an at-school snack.
To Boost Breakfast: Jackfruit thrown into an omelet or breakfast scramble fulfills your meat cravings without the grease of bacon or sausage. You may also mix this tropical sweetness into a smoothie. The high fiber revs you up to work hard before hunger sets in again.
To Curb Hunger: The high fiber content of jackfruit keeps you fuller longer. Adding this tropical staple to meals or snacks prevents you from munching your way through the day by curbing hunger. Try it in the early evening to ward off the late night munchies.
To Begin a Vegetarian Diet: Moving to a vegetarian diet means giving up meat. The palate does not always cooperate. Jackfruit calms the cravings for meat with its dense, meaty texture perfect for meatless carnitas or pulled “pork.” A great way to stick with your goals of going vegetarian.
As a Go-To Snack: Roasted or boiled the seeds of jackfruit taste like chestnuts and make the perfect grab-and-go snack. Mix them with nuts and dried fruits for a healthy trail mix sure to get you through to your next meal. Or, simply chunk up the fleshy fruit to quickly add to Greek yogurt or ice cream for an afternoon pick-me-up.
Eating Jackfruit for Your Health
The trickiest part of eating jackfruit is learning to open it. You can buy it canned in some locations. But, the adventurous may prefer to tackle this giant, spiny challenge. Or, just get yourself some Valley Isle Kombucha. Remember? We love to use jackfruit in our kombucha — serving up the nutrition it packs.