How to Pick Perfect Produce

picking perfect produce

We all know that fruits and vegetables are essential parts of a healthy diet. The vitamins and nutrients from them helps make the body stronger and can boost the immune system. Each fruit and each vegetable has its own natural properties that are beneficial. For instance, a tomato has antioxidant properties that help cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals. It is great for preventing cancer too.

You can easily find fruits and vegetables in the grocery store. But how do you choose the good ones from the bad ones? Read on for some great tips.

Tips for Finding Good Produce


Oranges- Good oranges are firm, heavy and have a smooth texture. Do not buy oranges that are lightweight, dull, spongy, and have a rough texture.

Peaches- Good peaches are firm and plump. It should be white or yellow in color with a red blush. Do not buy peaches that are very cushiony or shriveled.

Grapes- Good grapes are tender, plump, firmly attached to the stems and have a slight amber blush (green grapes). Bad grapes are brown in color, have a wrinkled surface and brittle stems.

Apricots- Good apricots have a uniform golden color and they are firm. Do not buy apricots that have a pale yellow or greenish color. Bad apricots can be very soft or very hard.

Cherry- Good cherries have new looking stems and a smooth and shiny surface. Bad cherries have dried steams and dull surfaces.

Cantaloupe- Good avocados are dark green in color and slightly soft to the touch.  A good way to tell if an avocado is too ripe is to pull the stem.  The spot under the stem should still be green.  Do not buy avocados which are mushy or where the spot under the stem is brown.

Watermelon- Good watermelons are symmetrical in shape and have a cream-colored underside. Do not buy watermelons with cushiony spots.


Broccoli- Good broccoli is firm, have closed florets and have a deep green color. Do not buy broccoli that are yellow in color, with open florets and water-soaked spots.

Asparagus- Good asparagus have closed tips and straight green stalks. Bad asparagus have open tips and the stalks are curved.

Bell Pepper- Good bell peppers have bright and glossy skin. They are firm and thick while bad bell peppers have soft spots and shriveled surfaces.

Carrots- Good carrots are firm and have a bright orange color. Bad carrots have a rough texture, soft and have green roots.

Tomato- Good tomatoes are plump, smooth and have a rich red color. Bad tomatoes look shriveled and have blemishes.

Now that you know how to choose good produce, you will spend your money wisely. Do not rush choosing good produce though, take your time and make sure you buy the best, it will be worth it.

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He Named Me Malala Review #withMalala

He Named Me Malala

Title: He Named Me Malala

Genre: Documentary

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Release Date: December 15, 2015

About the Movie:

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley.The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

My Review:

I knew a bit about Malala Yousafzai from watching her interview with Diane Sawyer back in 2013.  I was very impressed by her bravery and by her father’s commitment to her and her brother’s education.

After seeing He Called Me Malala, I am even more in awe of the Yousafzai family’s determination, as well as their capacity for forgiveness.

In the movie, we learn that Zia Yousafzai named his daughter Malala (against his wife’s wishes), after a strong heroine of the second Anglo-Afghan war.  The heroine, Malalai, picked up the Afghan flag after the flag bearer died and rallied her fellow fighters.  Malala’s father told the story this way, “It is better to live one day as a lionthan to live as a slave for 100 years.”

I believe that her strong birth name is part of the reason why Malala refused to give up her fight for education for all girls, even after she was nearly killed by the Taliban.  Even knowing she could never go back home to Pakistan or she would be killed.

Another amazing trait of Malala and her father is their capacity for forgiveness.  Zia tells the filmmaker, “A person didn’t shoot my daughter.  An ideology did.”

For all of Malala’s selflessness, though, one of my favorite parts of the movie, was seeing Malala in day to day interactions with her parents and brothers.  She really is just a normal teenage girl, in  many ways, who was born into extraordinary circumstances.  What she makes of those circumstances is what makes her so amazing.

On Monday, February 29th at 8/7c, the National Geographic Channel presents the exclusive global broadcast television premiere of He Named Me Malala.

NGC, along with 21st Century Fox, have launched a social media initiative to raise awareness for girls’ education.  Leading up to the television debut, Facebook fans can show their support by changing their profile picture using a custom-designed animation.  On Twitter, users can contribute by sending out a tweet using the hashtag #standwithMalala. For every profile picture changed and each tweet sent with the hashtag, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala Fund, for a total donation of up to $50,000.

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Won’t you join me and stand #withMalala?

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for 20th Century Fox. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.